SALUTE TO FARMERS

JANUARY 1, 2018

Ag PhD has officially announced the company’s first-ever float in the 2018 Tournament of Roses® Parade. The float, Salute to Farmers, brings a whole new meaning to “Making a Difference”.  Who makes more of a difference than farmers?  Without farmers and the food supply farmers produce, none of us would be here.  Farmers work tirelessly to feed our growing world, and they do a fantastic job.  In the United States, for example, we have the healthiest, most abundant, safest, and cheapest food supply in the world!

And that’s all thanks to farmers!

ABOUT THE FLOAT

When you ask a non-farmer what they think about agriculture, you might hear words like GMOs, BioTech, food safety, water quality, genetics, big equipment, GPS, traits, and soil.  While all those things play a role in modern farming, the strength of agriculture has always been, and I expect it will always be, the people.  From everything we’ve been told, there has never been a Rose Parade float with more riders than what the Ag PhD Salute to Farmers float will have, 100.  Yes, 100 riders on a float is a lot, but that’s the whole point.  What a better way to show that modern agriculture is still about great people, than to have 100 amazing farmers from across the country?  The farmers on the float have worked with us at Ag PhD over the years to help us conduct research on a large scale, so we can continue to do our job better.  At Ag PhD, our goal is always to give great agronomy advice to farmers around the world, so farmers can improve yields profitably, while at the same time improving the land and the environment.

The Ag PhD Salute to Farmers float will be one of just 18 commercial floats in the parade, so it was an honor for this float and our theme to be chosen.  As always, the Rose Parade will be an incredible spectacle of bands, equestrian entries, commercial and non-commercial floats, along with millions of live plants and flowers.  The Ag PhD float will be approximately 110 feet long and 18 feet wide, towering over 30 feet high at its peak.

FLOAT DESIGN

The Ag PhD Salute to Farmers float will be one of just 18 commercial floats in the parade, so it was an honor for this float and our theme to be chosen.  As always, the Rose Parade will be an incredible spectacle of bands, equestrian entries, commercial and non-commercial floats, along with millions of live plants and flowers.  The Ag PhD float will be approximately 110 feet long and 18 feet wide, towering over 30 feet high at its peak.

WE WANT YOUR SEED!

Our goal is to get seed from all 50 U.S. states and thousands of farms! Please send one-half pound of any type of seed (corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, barley, or any other untreated seed you’ve got). You are welcome to send multiple seed types, too. Please ship it to:

Artistic Entertainment Services
Attention: Kyle
120 N Aspan Ave
Azusa, CA 91702

VOLUNTEER TO DECORATE!

You can help decorate a Rose Parade float! Hundreds of volunteers decorate floats each year in the days leading up to the parade, and we want you to join in. Here are the dates and shifts where we need help. Please check the box or boxes for when you can help. It’s a fun experience, and it gives you the opportunity to see all the behind the scenes work that goes into the Rose Parade each year.

The Ag PhD Salute to Farmers float will be one of the largest floats in the parade on January 1, as our goal is to recognize farmers in a big way as unsung heroes in our society who Make a Difference! Someone from Artistic Entertainment Services (our float builder) will be in touch with you after you sign up below to help decorate the float.

Register Here to Decorate!

FARMERS WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Nobody makes a bigger difference in this world than farmers.  That’s why we’re planning to have 100 farmers with us on the Ag PhD Rose Parade float.  Keep an eye on this space to read more about individual farmers making a difference and how they will be joining us as guests on the Ag PhD Rose Parade float.

Mike Denton
Mike Denton