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DOJ-Deere Case: Kinze Pushes Back, Ag Leader Gets Involved
The story continues to unfold in the Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit against John Deere.

Kinze Manufacturing last week asked a federal judge to protect it from having to turn over sensitive internal documents that Deere subpoenaed as part of the case. >>>



Association Assesses Balances of Power in Wake of State Elections
For over a decade, our Association has monitored state legislation that had the potential of affecting our members, and when needed, we have worked for changes on members’ behalf.

That process begins for us each fall as bills are pre-filed for the upcoming session, but the period following elections requires additional effort as we look for changes in the make-up of the various state legislative and executive bodies.

While we never take partisan positions, it is important to note when parties in control change. In this issue of Shortliner, we take a first look at the November 8 results. >>>



Association Elects New Directors, Officers
The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association elected new leaders during its Marketing & Distribution Convention in San Diego. Representatives from member companies elected members to the Board of Directors. Then the new Board of Directors elected officers for 2016/2017. >>>


U.S. Lifts Limits on Cuban Imports
“Without question, rolling back President Obama’s one-sided concessions to the Castro regime, a key campaign promise shared with President-elect Trump, will be a top priority for Senator Rubio next year,” >>>


DOL's Overtime Rule Takes Effect Soon
The U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule restricting the number of employees eligible to be treated as exempt goes into effect Thursday, Dec. 1. It could be rescinded as soon as late January, however, by a new administration or federal courts. >>>


Member Company Sukup Provides Shelter for Haiti Hurricane Victims
About 200 modified grain bins built by member company Sukup Manufacturing served as safe shelter in Haiti during Hurricane Matthew, which hit the Carribean in October.

The bins, known as Safe T Homes, are converted grain bins. Sukup manufactures the homes and works with GoServ Global, an Iowa-based philanthropic organization, which gets the homes to villages in Haiti. >>>



Voters Favor Right-to-Work Candidates, Issues
Right-to-work advocates claimed victory in a handful of states last week. Kentucky saw a legislature shift and Missouri elected a pro-business governor. Alabama and South Dakota landed in favor of right-to-work issues. Virginia voters rejected a question that would have added right-to-work to the state constitution. >>>


What a President-Elect Trump May Mean for Agriculture
A president who gained power by popularizing the phrase “drain the swamp” may appear a boon for agriculture, but what lies ahead for the industry will become clearer when President-Elect Trump strikes a more measured tone than he used during his campaign. >>>


Who's on the Short List for Secretary of Ag?
President-Elect Trump reportedly has a long list of candidates from which to pull in deciding on the nation’s new secretary of agriculture. It includes: >>>


Canada Ready to Talk Changes to NAFTA
David MacNaughton, Canada’s Ambassador to Washington, said last week that Canada “is open to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement if that’s what President-elect Donald Trump wants.” >>>


Dawn Claims Infringement
Dawn Equipment has claimed infringement by its competitors and served notice to Precision Planting and Ag Leader over patents related to hydraulic down pressure control for row crop planters. >>>


Trimble Announces Software Integration
Trimble has unveiled its Trimble Ag Software, a farm data management platform that combines the company’s Connected Farm, Farm Works Software and Agri-Data products. >>>


Scherer, Deere to Develop Kernel Processing Tools
Deere has entered an agreement with Scherer Design Engineering, Inc. to develop and commercialize kernel processing solutions for self-propelled forage harvesters. >>>


Dealer News:
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Q3 Results from Sunshine Equipment and Quality Equipment, Archbold Equipment, Rocky Mountain Equipment and Cervus Equipment Corp. >>>


Net Sales Decrease at Alamo
Net sales at Alamo for the third quarter of 2016 were $216.8 million, which was a 6.4 percent decrease over the same quarter last year. For the first nine months of the year, net sales were down 2.4 percent. >>>


AGCO Realigns, Expands in Africa
Beginning in 2017, AGCO will restructure its Asia Pacific region to include Africa, a move intended to increase its on-the-ground presence in Africa. >>>


Ag Growth Announces Q3 Numbers, Acquisition
Ag Growth International Inc. last week announced its financial results for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30. The company also announced an agreement to acquire Yargus Manufacturing. >>>


CNH Buys Part of Kongskilde
Kongskilde Industries has entered into an agreement to sell its grass and soil activities to CNH Industrial. Kongskilde will keep its industry and grain divisions. >>>


AgVA Invests in Environmental Tillage Systems
Ag Ventures Alliance (AgVA) has invested in Environmental Tillage Systems (ETS). This investment offers both economic benefits and opportunities for AgVA members to enhance soil productivity on their own farms, an announcement from the companies said. >>>


Montag Expands in Nebraska
Montag Manufacturing, makers of fertilizer application equipment, is expanding in Nebraska. >>>


Star Buys Assets from Beall
Star Manufacturing Company and Beall Manufacturing announced in October that Star would acquire certain assets of Beall. >>>


Ag Driveline Group Releases Safety Video
The Agricultural Driveline Manufacturers Association recently released a new safety video. >>>


Association Members Receive Free Admission to SIMA
The international agri-business show in Paris in early 2017—SIMA—invites members to attend and again this year waives the price of admission. >>>


Iron Solutions Names Business Director
Iron Solutions, Inc., has named Craig Hiemstra as its new area business director. Hiemstra succeeds long-time CEO Darwin Melnyk. >>>


Get Involved: Join a Committee
The Association is looking for members to serve on standing committees such as communications, convention, dealer relations, education, international relations, investment, membership, director nomination, and officer nomination. >>>


More States Say 'Yes' to Pot
California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada vote to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Medical marijuana initiatives passed in North Dakota, Arkansas, Montana and Florida. >>>



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