For me, one thing is certain: in the age of digital technology and videoconferencing, agricultural professionals still need to see each other, to meet, to discuss... Tomorrow's SIMA may be a hybrid but it will still be a show where you can make beautiful encounters.
Introduce yourself and your company in a few words.
I am Head of Communications at Trame. Trame is a national agricultural and rural development organisation. Our leitmotif, our driving force, is the collective, i.e. groups of farmers, associations of agricultural workers, groups committed to the agro-ecological transition. For Trame, the collective is a facilitator to accelerate changes in practices on farms, to accompany all types of transitions (agro-ecological, environmental, energy, food, human and organisational), to facilitate changes in practices by accompanying the pioneers of ideas.
How long have you been coming to SIMA?
I would say for more than 20 years. Trame has been a long-time partner of COMEXPOSIUM and SIMA. Pre-visits for machinery advisors, guided tours for groups of farmers, conferences and workshops..., the collaborations between Trame and SIMA have been numerous.
What is your best memory of SIMA?
SIMA has always been a show of innovation and anticipation. In 2013, we organised a conference entitled "Will the tractor of tomorrow run on biogas or hydrogen? In the 2022 edition, New Holland is presenting its T6 running on BioNGV. But my strongest memory is surely the 2015 edition where Trame organised during the 5 days of SIMA 1 international conference on "direct valorisations of purified biomethane" and 9 workshops (like the current SIMA Talks) on methanisation, soil conservation agriculture, risks linked to tractor driving, composting or wood-energy...
What is the most emblematic machine or service of the last 100 years?
I am not a specialist in machinery, this question is difficult for me. I would say the NH2 tractor, a hydrogen tractor, about ten years ago, and the New Holland T6 Methane Power tractor presented this year. In strong development for passenger transport (bus, coach) and goods, NGV and BioNGV now offer low carbon solutions for agricultural mobility. I believe that this is a promising avenue for a number of farms that will have their own BioNGV stations.
What do you think the SIMA of the future will look like?
This is not an easy question: in 100 years, agricultural technologies have changed a lot. The tractor will certainly remain at the heart of SIMA and of farmers' interest. But I think that we will see more and more robots to relieve the drudgery of certain agricultural tasks, and start-ups that will develop new applications to help farmers in their decision-making. And for me, one thing is certain: in the age of digital technology and videoconferencing, agricultural professionals still need to see each other, to meet, to discuss... Tomorrow's SIMA may be a hybrid (face-to-face vs. remote) but it will still be a show where you can make beautiful encounters.