WASHINGTON, DC — The American Edge Project, a coalition of two dozen domestic organizations, today launched a new ad highlighting the critical role American technology plays in driving U.S. economic growth, transforming the agricultural industry, and supporting the livelihoods of families and businesses across the nation.

The spot, “Jay,” features a farmer who explains that digital tools and technology are now as essential to farming operations as tractors and combines. Jay goes on to warn against shortsighted anti-innovation policies that could stifle these technologies and empower our foreign adversaries to surpass us in the global technology race.

“American technology and innovation drive progress and growth across every sector of our economy – from agriculture and manufacturing to healthcare and education,” said Doug Kelly, CEO of the American Edge Project. “Short-sighted policies that curb innovation would undermine U.S. technological leadership and hurt American workers, businesses, and communities. That is why it is so imperative that our leaders unite behind policies that promote innovation and strengthen American technology leadership.”

Watch “Jay” here.


“At our family farm, we grow rice, corn and soybeans…

…and digital tools are as important to us as our tractors and combines.

“In the thirty years I’ve been farming, technology has transformed agriculture. 

“But some in Washington want to stifle these technologies,

…and empower our foreign adversaries to leap ahead of us in the tech race.

“Protecting our competitive edge will strengthen our economic, national, and food security.

“Our leaders need to support American agriculture by strengthening our technology.”


The American Edge Project is a coalition of domestic organizations representing a cross-section of U.S. innovators who are dedicated to telling the story about technology’s positive influence on America’s economy and the vital role innovation plays in our society. Former New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, former U.S. Representative Chris Carney, and former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith are directors of the American Edge Project. AEP’s National Security Advisory Board is comprised of Former White House Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor Frances Townsend; retired four-star General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., United States Marine Corps (USMC), who served as former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Michael J. Morell. Former U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) serve as Co-Chairs of the Project’s Economic Advisory Board. Former U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) and Former U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) serve as Co-Chairs of the Project’s Open & Accessible Internet Advisory Board.

Visit AmericanEdgeProject.org for more information.