Building on High-Value Membership Services
For many years, the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association has helped members address both of the above hurdles to obtaining legal advice on distribution and human resource issues. Today we are doubling that service as we continue to look for ways to add value to your membership.
Convention: Learn Strategies for Disaster Response
Executives at the Marketing & Distribution Convention in San Diego will hear from Paul Mullet, CEO of Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan., who led his company through the aftermath of a plant shooting in February that killed three and wounded a dozen more. >>>
Federal Court Issues Injunction Against Persuader Rule
Calling the Department of Labor’s new interpretation of its Persuader Rule “defective to its core,” the District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction in late June against the final rule. The ruling came just days before July 1, the date on which the new rule’s most problematic reporting requirements would have become fully effective.
The District Court determined the rule:
* Exceeds DOL’s authority under the LMRDA
* Is “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion
* Unreasonably conflicts with state rules governing the practice of law
* Violates the attorney-client privilege.
Senate's GMO-Labeling Bill Moves to House
The U.S. Senate passed a bill last week that directs USDA to create a national GMO label standard within two years. Food product producers would be able to use text, symbols or QR codes for consumers to scan labels. The Senate bill also would prevent states from issuing their own mandatory GMO labeling laws. >>>
Home Depot, Others Move to Shrink Store Inventories
A look at other non-stocking retailers - Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon said at the company’s annual meeting. “The weight of inventory has been relieved to an extent. And I think that bodes well for the future.” >>>
A Big Thanks to Supplier Members for Time, Commitment
While the pages of this Shortliner newsletter and our Ag Innovator magazine have begun promotion of our Marketing & Distribution Convention in San Diego, the leadership of our Supplier Section is hard at work planning our annual spring meeting, where the focus is on the supply chain, including our own Supplier Product Showcase. >>>
OSHA Rule Calls for Electronic Submissions
A new rule from OSHA requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record on their onsite OSHA injury and illness forms. OSHA will analyze the data and use it to more efficiently manage resources for enforcement and compliance assistance >>>
On Its Way: Summer Issue of Ag Innovator
The summer issue of Ag Innovator will begin arriving in members’ offices next week. >>>
First Vessel Passes Through Expanded Panama Canal
A Chinese ship carrying more than 9,000 containers passed through the newly expanded Panama Canal in late June, officially launching what NBC News describes as a multibillion-dollar bet on a bright future for international shipping.
Research Quantifies Hazards of Too Many Hours at Work
Do you work too many hours a week? You could be harming your physical and emotional health.
Organizations and independent researchers have looked at the effects of working beyond the standard 40 hours a week. Their findings include:
What to Expect from Brexit
Analysts for agriculture and international trade were among experts scrambling post-Brexit vote to make sense of what it might mean for Britain to no longer be part of the European Union. Much like the legion of economists, politicians and historians who sought to put the vote in context, experts in the farm equipment industry could offer only speculation. >>>
Oil Prices, Geopolitics Affect Global Dairy Market
In the second quarter, the world’s farmers began to react to lower farmgate prices by slowing growth in production, which caused reductions in export surpluses. Despite higher buying from China in the first half of the year, poor economic performance, low oil prices and geopolitics continued to weaken demand. >>>
WEDA Announces New Hires
The Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) has announced that Jennifer Seward will join its staff as the regional vice president representing the Pacific Northwest. >>>
Dealer Associations Discuss Merger
The board of directors of the Far West Equipment Dealers Association (FWEDA) has approved entering into merger talks with the Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA).
States Consider Who Can Dig Into Digital Equipment Repair
Four state legislatures have taken steps to give farmers options for equipment repair. Nebraska, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New York are considering legislation that would require manufacturers to make diagnostic, service and technical information available to farmers and independent repair technicians. >>>
Herschel, Beck's Agree on Flo-Rite
Beck’s recently announced a new agreement with member company Herschel. Herschel will take over sales, service and distribution of Flo-Rite seed firmers. Herschel is owned by Alamo Group, Inc. >>>
In Memoriam: Lloyd Koehnen
Lloyd Koehnen, a long-time friend of the Association, died in June. He was 78. >>>
These companies are marking milestone anniversaries in the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association. Their membership — every membership — matters, so we recognize these July anniversaries as a way to say thanks. >>>
Mead Wraps Up 48-Year Career
Wayne Mead, long-time territory sales manager for the Alliance Tire Group (ATG), has retired. >>>
ASABE Adopts Hydraulic Coupler Standard
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has adopted an ISO standard, ANSI/ASABE AD5675:2008, Agricultural tractors and machinery–General purpose quick-action hydraulic couplers. >>>
GT Mfg. Wins Exporter Award
GT Mfg., Inc. has been named the recipient of the 2016 Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year award. >>>
AgJunction Announces Global Partnership
AgJunction Inc. and TeeJet Technologies have entered into a global strategic partnership. AgJunction will become the preferred steering supplier for TeeJet’s range of precision farming solutions. >>>