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Legislative Update: What the Shortline Industry Needs to Know
No one works harder than shortline manufacturers to earn independent dealers’ business. The long-term success of shortline manufacturers is tied directly to the success of strong, independent dealers who are free to carry the equipment that best meets their customers’ needs and provides the margins dealers need to succeed.

Anything that seeks to drive a wedge between the independent dealer and their shortline partners does both sides a disservice. >>>

Secretary of Ag Perdue Focuses on Trade
“I want someone who wakes up every morning and asks the question: ‘Where can I sell more U.S. products today?’ and ‘What are the barriers to trade that we can take down today,’” Perdue said in a video circulated to department employees. >>>

High Court Curbs Locations of Patent Suits
U.S. Supreme Court tightens rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed. The decision is expected to make it harder for so-called patent trolls to launch cases in friendly courts. >>>

Farm Equipment Sales Index Improves to Highest Number in 28 Months
The Rural Mainstreet Index in May rose to its highest level since July 2015. And, the farm equipment-sales index jumped to its highest level in more than two years. >>>

Competing for Millennials? Think Work Environment
Job candidates born in the 1980s and 1990s seek a positive social atmosphere at work and a company that is committed to the environment or the social impact of its products and services. >>>

U.S. Beef Producers Score in Trade Deal with China
The Trump administration has reached an agreement with Beijing on a broad range of trade measures, one of which opens a promising market for American cattle farmers. >>>

Do You Work with A Contractor? If So, Know the Law
Our attorneys who specialize in human resources law walked us through the legal definition of a contractor in the most recent issue of Ag Innovator. This one-page read offers a clear and concise overview of the legal tests. >>>

AGI Reports Strong Quarter
Ag Growth International recently announced its financial results for the first three months of 2017. Trade sales are reportedly up by 36 percent over 2016 trade sales for the same quarter. Adjusted profit is about 25 percent higher this year than last. >>>

AGMA Foundation Appoints Moss as Board Chair
The AGMA Foundation has appointed Association member Scott Moss with Comer Industries to serve as chairman of its board of directors. >>>

Buhler: Weak Quarter, Better Six Months
Buhler Industries recently reported that revenue for the second quarter was $79.5 million, down 1.9 percent from the second quarter of 2016. >>>

Belltec Plans Expansion
Belltec Industries soon will expand its operations in Belton, Texas. The manufacturer of earth-boring equipment and other drilling products plans to build a $2.5 million addition to its property and employ an additional 10 people at its plant. >>>

Association Seeks Board Nominations
The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association will elect new members to its Board of Directors in November. The committee overseeing nominations has begun its work and invites you to nominate someone or consider volunteering your service. >>>

Deere Sees Decline in Domestic Sales, Increases Elsewhere
The first six months of the fiscal year for Deere shows overseas sales are stronger than domestic sales. In ag and turf, sales increased 1 percent for the quarter and first six months primarily due to price realization. >>>

ASABE Initiates Adoption of Rollover Standards
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated the adoption of the following ISO standards. >>>

Arkansas Farmers Face Staggering Losses
Even before the deluge that hit southern states this past weekend, farmers in Arkansas were in trouble. Floodwaters from rain that pummeled Kansas and Missouri in late April flowed downstream in May to wreak havoc in the state. >>>

Commentary: House Bill on Comp Time Good for Families
The House of Representatives has passed a bill that allows companies to offer compensatory time off instead of overtime pay to employees who work more than 40 hours a week. This excerpt of a column from Diana Furchtgott-Roth makes a case for the bill. >>>

Canada's Farms Bigger, Farmers Younger
A census of farmers in Canada shows a few shifts in the industry: fewer farmers, bigger farms, and an increase in farmers younger than 35. >>>

Canadian Pricing Policy Leads to Trade Tension
A newly adopted Canadian pricing policy stands to hurt the bottom line of dairy farmers in the U.S. Exports to Canada of a milk protein used primarily in cheese-making have fallen from about $102 million in 2016 to zero since February. Hardest hit are farmers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York. >>>

Dealer News: RDO Expands to Sub-Sahara Africa
Sub-Sahara Africa represents one of the fastest growing agricultural markets in the world, and RDO Equipment Co. intends to jump into that market through a partnership with an African entrepreneur. >>>

USDA: Crop Progress Typical, Peanuts Ahead of Schedule
Corn and soybeans nationally are on schedule, according to data released Monday from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The crop progress report looks at the rate at which things have been planted compared to last week, last year, and a five-year average. We offer a synopsis here. >>>

Brazil's Ag Ministry in Trouble
Another corruption scandal in Brazil took the real down by more than 8 percent last week, making it even more difficult for U.S. corn and soybean prices to compete for exports. >>>

Renegotiation of NAFTA Has Ag on Edge
In the grip of an economic downturn, farmers are worried about losing overseas customers, and they're anxious about what lies ahead during NAFTA negotiations. >>>

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