ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASES
- Ag Secretary Perdue to tour Sukup Manufacturing Aug 1st, 2017
We are very please to see that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced he will tour one of our long time member companies, Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield, IA this coming Saturday morning.
The visit to Sukup Manufacturing will be part of a five-state RV tour, titled the “Back to Our Roots” Tour, to gather input on the 2018 Farm Bill and increasing rural prosperity. Along the way, Perdue will meet with farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, students, governors, Members of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees, and other stakeholders.
This is the first of two RV tours the secretary will undertake this summer. In making the announcement, Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:
“The ‘Back to our Roots’ Farm Bill and rural prosperity RV listening tour will allow us to hear directly from people in agriculture across the country, as well as our consumers – they are the ones on the front lines of American agriculture and they know best what the current issues are,” Perdue said. “USDA will be intimately involved as Congress deliberates and formulates the 2018 Farm Bill. We are committed to making the resources and the research available so that Congress can make good facts-based, data-driven decisions. It’s important to look at past practices to see what has worked and what has not worked, so that we create a farm bill for the future that will be embraced by American agriculture in 2018.”
- Association Elects New Leadership in San DiegoNov 1st, 2016
The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association named new leaders today in separate elections. Representatives from Association member companies met to elect members to the Board of Directors. The new Board of Directors then met to elect officers for 2016/2017.
Leading the Association as board president will be Paul Jeffrey, who is general manager of MacDon, Inc., in Kansas City, Mo. MacDon is based in Winnepeg, Canada. Jeffrey leads operations at the company's U.S. headquarters.
Also elected as officers for 2017 were:
- First Vice President Stanley McFarlane, who is a vice president for McFarlane Manufacturing in Sauk City, Wis.
- Second Vice President Mike Irish, brand manager for the Brillion Farm Equipment line at Landoll Corp., in Marysville, Kan.
- Secretary Nick Jensen, president of Thurston Manufacturing in Thurston, Neb.
- Treasurer Andrew Cummings, president of T.G. Schmeiser in Selma, Calif.
The officers comprise the executive committee on the Association's 16-person board. Prior to their election, representatives from member companies who were gathered in San Diego for the Association's annual Marketing & Distribution Convention convened to elect new members to the Board of Directors. Newly elected directors are:
- Carrie Gunnerson, president and CEO of Art's Way Manufacturing Co. in Armstrong, Iowa.
- Terry Flanary, vice president of sales and marketing at National Tube Supply in University Park, Ill.
- Ron Roglis, founder of Roglis Marketing Services in Glenarm, Ill.
- Cummings of T.G. Schmeiser, who was later named treasurer.
The Board of Directors decides the course for an Association that represents more than 725 companies based primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The companies represent all aspects of the specialized farm equipment industry: manufacturers, suppliers of component parts and services to manufacturers, and equipment distributors. The Association serves as members' collective voice and advocate on industry issues.
To learn more, contact Kristi Ruggles, director of communications, at (314) 660-7341.