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August 20, 2014

Ag Success Requires Urban Support
While much has been written about the divide between agriculture’s producers and consumers, several recent examples have struck a nerve.

In our last newsletter, we encouraged support for passage of the Right to Farm amendment to the Missouri Constitution. Later we viewed election results from across the state in what had become a closely contested election. Most rural voters seemed to understand the need to protect the use of modern farming methods and supported the proposal. However, two out of every three voters in metropolitan areas voted no, with 74% of City of St. Louis voters—the highest rate in the state—telling farmers “Hell no!” with their no votes. >>>

Fall Convention General Session Will Focus on Ag Commodities
One of the must-not-miss elements of the Fall Convention will be the Wednesday afternoon session during which Mike Pearson will interview DTN senior analyst Darin Newsom, and the two will discuss the current state of, and the outlook for, the farm markets, and the global trends that influence them. >>>

Official Notice of Annual Business Meeting
We will hold our annual business meeting during the general session that begins at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, during the Fall Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

Following the keynote address, we will convene the meeting, elect new directors, and transact other Association business, including voting on our Board of Director’s proposed revisions to the Association’s bylaws. >>>

International Relations Committee Hosts Agritechnica Presentation
At this year’s Fall Convention, our own International Relations Committee will introduce Agritechnica Show Coordinator Sandra Willer, who will tell us more about the equipment extravaganza and explain why it is vital for U.S. manufacturers to participate. >>>

Fall Convention Special Session: Weather Trends, Water Rights
During the past six months, dozens of sources have reported that the sprawling Ogallala Aquifer beneath the Great Plains, which provides about 30% of the ground water used for irrigation in the U.S. and drinking water to more than 1.5 million people between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River, is being depleted at an alarming rate.

To address these issues, the speaking program at the Fall Convention will include a presentation by Paul Wenger, President of the California Farm Bureau Federation and a third-generation farmer, and Daniel Berc, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for NOAA’s National Weather Service. Mr. Berc graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Meteorology and worked as a forecaster in Riverton, WY, before joining the National Weather Service in 2007. Since 2012, he has served as NOAA’s Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Las Vegas, focusing on weather hazard mitigation, warning services and emergency communication. During the special session starting at 2:45pm on Wednesday, Nov. 5, Berc will talk about national and regional weather trends, and water storage, use and conservation. >>>

CNH Invests $24 Million to Expand Burlington, IA, Production Line
CNH Industrial N.V. will invest $24 million to expand its production in Burlington, IA, by adding a crawler dozer production line to its manufacturing plant... production facilities will include a new dedicated paint line, welding and computer numerical control machining equipment and a dedicated assembly line. >>>

Danuser Hosts Ribbon Cutting on Expanded Facility
Danuser hosted an open house earlier this month to inaugurate the recent expansion of its Fulton, MO, facility and demonstrate to the public its latest attachment products... >>>

Buhler Reports Third-Quarter Earnings
Buhler Industries reported its revenue for the quarter was $77.1 million, down from last year’s record of $99.2 million. Sales of $250.7 million for the first nine months dropped from the $269.0 million reported for the same period in 2013. Sales for the quarter and year to date declined due to lower demand for agricultural equipment as a result of lower commodity prices. >>>

Mechanical Engineer Seeks Employment
A mechanical engineer with more than 30 years of experience providing technical design direction on hardware, mechanical products, machine parts and components for global agricultural product manufacturers seeks employment. He is skilled in new product development, mechanical design, production, installation, and testing; and experienced in various CAD design packages, including AutoCAD and AutoCAD Inventor. >>>

Sentry Offers Safety Management Practices Seminar
Sentry Insurance will sponsor an advanced three-day seminar with breakout sessions to help you plan, implement and manage your company’s safety program and improve your safety culture.

Whether your employees operate forklifts or punch presses or drive motor vehicles, it is imperative that they avoid the risk of personal injury. Learn how you can help improve safety, efficiency and productivity in your operations by training your workforce to decrease risk, and provide your management team with tools to manage with safety in mind. >>>

ASABE Revises Adoption of Tractor Drawbar Connection Standard
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised its previous adoption of an international standard, ISO 6489-3:2004, for tractor drawbar connections. The new standard, ANSI/ASABE AD6489-3:2004, Agricultural vehicles — Mechanical connections between towed and towing vehicles — Part 3: Tractor drawbar, includes an additional deviation for the placement of an auxiliary hole for the attachment of specialized implement hitches for PTO-operated implements. The standard applies to drawbar categories 1, 2 and 3. >>>

Deere Reports Lower Quarterly Profits
Deere last week reported its third quarter earnings. Company officials said net income of $851 million was the second highest for any third quarter in its history. Net sales and revenues were $9.5 billion, down 5%. Total worldwide equipment operations net sales were $8.7 billion, down 6%. Agriculture & turf sales declined by 11%, primarily due to lower shipment volume. Operating profit was $941 million. >>>

Custom Products Set to Expand Facility, Add Jobs
Custom Products of Litchfield Inc., a maker of cabs and operator protective enclosures for industrial vehicles in the construction, forestry, turf care and other sectors, plans to invest more than $2 million and add 31 jobs in a manufacturing expansion. The company said it will add 20,000 square feet to its >>>

New Tax Rules Change Write-Off Methods for Warehouse, DC Improvements
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, and starting with the current tax year, new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules will change how owners of warehouses and distribution centers can deduct the cost of certain improvements to their property, reported The IRS will consider the improvements tantamount to placing a new asset in service if they qualify as a “betterment” to the property, such as installing a new machine that does the same job better than >>>

Ag Growth Announces Record Second-Quarter Results
Ag Growth reported its trade sales and adjusted EBITDA reached record highs in the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, as favorable crop conditions in North America and continued investment in ag infrastructure lead to robust demand for on-farm and commercial grain handling, storage and aeration equipment, said >>>

In Memorium: Norm White
Former Beall Manufacturing and Cutting Specialists, Inc. executive Norm White passed away on August 14. Norm had represented both companies in a variety of positions before retiring in 2008. He often served as the companies’ representative at trade shows, mower council meetings and conventions, besides calling on many FEMA members as a salesperson. >>>

Alamo Group Announces 2Q Results
Earlier this month, Alamo Group reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Net sales for the quarter were a record $206.3 million, compared with net sales of $178.1 million for the previous year, a 16% increase. The majority of the increase was driven by sales from recent acquisitions, primarily the units of Specialized, which Alamo acquired in May this year. Excluding acquisitions, net sales for the quarter increased 3% to a record $182.7 million. >>>

Landoll Moves Into New Parts Building
Landoll Corporation’s new parts building is now in operation just west of the company’s North Street administration building. Landoll, which has 13,500 part numbers, will use the facility to store thousands of parts for equipment that the agricultural and industrial manufacturer has produced. >>>

Dealer News
Cervus Equipment Corp. and Rock Mountain Announce Results and Rocky Mountain also announced that CEO Matt Campbell has declared his intention to retire, effective December 31, 2014. President Derek Stimson also announced that he intends to retire on the same date.


AGCO Foresees Increased Africa Sales
AGCO announced plans to increase sales in Africa by almost a third next year as entrepreneurs from the continent and elsewhere invest in agriculture, reported Bloomberg’s Businessweek. The company’s sales in Africa are forecast to rise to about 8,500 units in 2015, from about 6,500 this year, said Nuradin Osman, AGCO’s director of operations for Africa and the Middle East. Sales in Africa were about 1,400 three years ago, he said. >>>

Sports Star Headlines Joint Opening Session
Joint Opening Session will feature keynote address by Rick Barry. This Hall of Fame forward is the only player to lead the NCAA, NBA and ABA in scoring. Inspired by his raw talent, drive, determination and staying power, EMDA invited Barry to talk about his remarkable career, share what he’s learned and tell us how we can apply his success secrets when working towards goals in our own businesses and lives. >>>

Step Up and Stand Out with a Sponsorship
A sponsorship is one of the best ways to stand out and leverage your participation at the Fall Convention. If your company sponsors a speaking program session, a refreshment break or a reception, your personnel can take this opportunity to network with fellow attendees and display or distribute marketing materials. >>>

Canada West, SouthWestern Members Vote to Merge
The joint membership of SouthWestern Association (SWA) and Canada West Equipment Dealers Association (CWEDA) voted to move forward with a merger of the two associations, forming the Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA), according to a joint news release issued by both entities. The associations’ members ratified the merger resolution with a 99% approval rating. >>>