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A Proud Legacy, A Bright Future

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  • 1907


    ASAE is founded. J.B. Davidson is elected president.

  • 1910

    First student branch established at Iowa State College.

  • 1912

    First ASAE standard practice adopted.

  • 1917

    ASAE Logo

    ASAE logo designed; First section of ASAE organized at Auburn, AL.

  • 1919

    Nebraska Tractor

    Nebraska Tractor Tests established.

  • 1920

    AE Journal

    Agricultural Engineering journal launched.

  • 1921

    Mary A. Ives, first female member.

  • 1925


    Past President Raymond Olney, St. Joseph, MI, is first full-time ASAE employee.

  • 1932

    CHM Gold Medal

    Cyrus Hall McCormick Gold Medal first ASAE award given.

  • 1936

    The Rural Electrification Act greatly improved rural life.

  • 1941


    Osage orange Presidential gavel presented, which is still used to this day.

  • 1948


    Center pivot irrigation invented by Frank Zybach.

  • 1954

    Number of tractors on farms exceeds number of horses & mules.

  • 1964


    Slow Moving Vehicle emblem becomes ASAE standard.

  • 1966


    Electronic monitoring devices for farmers introduced.

  • 1970


    New headquarters building dedicated.

  • 1974

    History Book

    First book in History Series published.

  • 1982

    The tomato becomes the first genetically engineered crop plant.

  • 1987


    ASAE Foundation established.
    Cooperative agreement created with CSAE.

  • 1994


    PEI becomes the first ASAE community.

  • 1994


    Satellite technology used in tracking & planning farming practices.

  • 1998

    1/4 Scale

    First 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

  • 2000

    The USDA unveils organic standards & official organic seal.

  • 2001

    ASAE Online Technical Library established.

  • 2003


    Wind energy technology expands at record rates.

  • 2005

    Year Image

    ASAE changes name to ASABE to reflect biology in the profession.

  • 2006

    MLW Fellow

    Mary Leigh Wolfe becomes first woman elected ASABE Fellow.

  • 2007

    100th Logo

    ASABE celebrates 100th anniversary.

  • 2007

    HQ Building

    ASABE headquarters building declared an ASABE Historic Landmark.

  • 2011


    Sonia Maassel Jacobsen installed as first female ASABE President.

  • 2014

    Reorg Chart

    Membership votes to reorganize divisions into technical communities.

  • 2014


    Marketing effort results in member profile, promoting contributions to mankind.



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Trusted worldwide. For more than a century, ASABE has been the professional home of engineers and others worldwide who endeavor to find sustainable solutions for an ever-growing population. A member-driven technical and educational organization, ASABE is its members: a strong, closely woven network of experts who share the vision of Engineering for a Sustainable Tomorrow.

Proud of its heritage, ASABE evolves with the needs of its members, providing all the tools necessary for the growth of the profession and for the professional growth of those who practice it. ASABE members enjoy online interactive forums, conferences, professional development and licensure resources, networking opportunities, mentoring, and immediate online access to more than 170,000 pages of the latest technical information.

You, too, can be a part of the global ASABE family. Stay informed, make connections, work smarter, and never stop growing-that's the value of ASABE.

Who We Are and What We Do

Providing the necessities of life. Innovators, collaborators, stewards. ASABE members are leaders in the production, transport, storage, and use of renewable resources. They put science to work to meet humanity's most fundamental needs: safe and abundant food; .clean water; fiber, timber, and renewable sources of fuel; and life-enhancing and life-saving products from bio-based materials. And they do this with a constant eye toward the improved protection of the people, livestock, wildlife, and natural resources involved. More about our history.

Where will you find an ASABE member? In the field, in a laboratory, in a classroom, in a manufacturing facility. Wherever technology intersects the natural world, you'll find biological and agricultural engineers at work, finding new and more sustainable ways of providing the world with the necessities of life. More about the profession.


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Did You Know?

  • The first biological engineering program was created at Mississippi State University in 1967, making it the first biological engineering curriculum in the United States.
  • Agricultural engineers provided the primary forces that molded conservation tillage into the success it is today and for the long-term future.
  • Near-infrared technology developed by Karl Norris allowed the rapid, accurate and non-destructive analysis of grain quality.
  • The Midwest Plan Service was born through a group of agricultural engineers who in 1929 recognized more need to disseminate specific farm building plan information.

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