I found this in the 2006 Annual Report of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. Referencing changes in the industry since the Foundation was founded in 1967, Dan Durheim writes:
"Almost 40 years later, agriculture is more modern than many of our forefathers could ever had imagined."
Agriculture has always been modern in that practices reflected the best available and economically feasible methods and information. Agriculture today is certainly more technologically advanced than our forefathers could have imagined, but it is not more modern.
Not a horribly stupid sentence. It's partly just a matter of semantics, but enough to annoy me.