SALUTE TO FARMERS

JANUARY 1, 2018

The Ag PhD Salute to Farmers Float in the 2018 Tournament of Roses® Parade Wrigley Legacy Award for most outstanding display of floral presentation, float design and entertainment. The float brought 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!

AG PHD FLOAT VIDEO

Watch the video below for float decoration and RFD-TV commentary of the Ag PhD Salute to Farmers float from the 2018 Rose Parade!

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.

ABOUT THE FLOAT

FLOAT DESIGN

The Ag PhD Salute to Farmers float was one of just 18 commercial floats in the parade, so it was an honor for this float and our theme to be chosen.  The Ag PhD float was approximately 110 feet long and 18 feet wide, towering over 30 feet high at its peak.

SEED FROM ALL 50 STATES!

Thanks to everyone who donated seed!  Thanks to you, we received seed from all 50 states for use in decorating the Ag PhD Salute to Farmers float!

FLOAT DECORATION VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help decorate the Ag PhD Salute to Farmers Float!  Your efforts helped us win the Wrigley Legacy Award!

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.

Perry Galloway
Perry Galloway
Jerrod Sandness
Jerrod Sandness
Phil Hamburger
Phil Hamburger
Mike Denton
Mike Denton
Wallie Hardie
Wallie Hardie
Casey Krush
Casey Krush
Dale Nothdurft
Dale Nothdurft
Matt Leavitt
Matt Leavitt
Tim Huether
Tim Huether
Alex Yaggie
Alex Yaggie