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'Notice and Comment Unnecessary'- Lighting/Marking Standard Now Federal Law
On June 22, 2016—just days short of missing the mandated deadline by two years—the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published its rule governing lighting and marking for agricultural equipment.

The DOT rule is effective immediately - It does not allow for the typical public comment period - The rule was published without advance notice >>>



Resources for Members
Every other year, our Association has purchased the complete ASABE Standards and Engineering Practices Data and made that $549 resource available to our manufacturing members at no cost.

The 2016 edition is now available and will be sent to any regular member company requesting a copy, while supplies last. >>>



Dealer Association Exec Reacts to Legislation

Survey: Farmers Trustworthy, Not Environmental Stewards
Sixty-one percent of Canadians have a “very or somewhat” positive impression of Canadian agriculture, according to a new national survey released by Farm and Food Care (FFC) and the newly minted Canadian Center For Food Integrity.

That’s the highest ranking Canadians have given farming since FFC started asking Canadians for their opinions a decade ago >>>



Cybersecurity: 'No Greater Issue' in Business
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said there is “no greater issue” in the business world than cybercrime.

‘You know, what really got people’s attention was the degree to which it is perceived that the CEO of Target was sacked in part because of the breach that happened on his watch,’” Bahara said. “That’s what’s going to get people’s attention.” >>>



Supreme Court Makes it Easier to Fight Patent Trolls
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a 2011 law designed to make it easier to defeat patent trolls was legal. Ruling upholds the process for challenging invalid patents and simplifies the process for companies to fight patent trolls. >>>


Cadillac to Create Digitally Dependent Sales Experiences
Buyers walking into a Cadillac dealer in the near future could find an interesting thing on the car lot: nothing.

The company has hatched a plan to convert a portion of Cadillac’s 925 stores into virtual dealerships that will be low on overhead and big on sophisticated technology. >>>



FAA Issues Rule on Commercial Drone Use
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced new rules regarding drone operation. The rules require most small commercial drone operators to fly only during daylight hours and to get certified every two years. >>>


MD Products & Solutions Acquires Roose Manufacturing
The McKay-Empire-Wiese Group, through its associate company, MG Holdings, recently announced its purchase of Roose Manufacturing Co. of Pella, Iowa. >>>


Association Expands Benefits for 2017
In response to economic challenges facing many members of the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association, its board of directors has decided to expand benefits.

“The Association recognizes that during this economic downturn, the services it offers members become even more crucial,” said Vernon Schmidt, executive vice president. “We will double down on our efforts to serve as advocates for the shortline industry, and we will continue to look at opportunities to bring greater value to our members.” >>>



McFarlane Donates Time, Equipment to Veterans' Cause
A one-of-a-kind piece of tillage equipment recently rolled out of McFarlane Manufacturing Co.’s plant in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

Welders, fabricators, painters, and other staff built a 14-by-30-foot tiller for an online fund-raising auction for Operation Eagles’ Wings, which flies veterans’ to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials. >>>



Orthman Partners With School
Orthman will contribute $90,000 to a $370,000 project to renovate a former National Guard Armory and install new equipment for the school district’s welding program. >>>


Melnyk Succeeds Flora on WEDA Board
The Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) has named Darwin Melnyk to its board of directors. Melnyk will serve as an at-large director. His term begins July 1. He succeeds Jeff Flora. >>>


Corn Futures Decline Continues
Corn futures have fallen by some 29 percent since the close of markets on Friday, as the risk of hot dry weather in July, when the pollinating corn crop is at its most vulnerable, recedes day by day. >>>


Dick Jones Now Represents GVS Ag Products
TRP International has announced that its GVS Agricultural product line will be represented by Dick Jones and Associates for the southeastern United States. >>>


Trelleborg-CGS Acquisition Final
Trelleborg has finalized the acquisition of CGS Holding. News of the acquisition was released in November; the sale was final May 31. The deal bolsters Trelleborg’s presence to about 23,000 employees in 47 countries. >>>


Dealer News
Stotz Equipment has reached an agreement to purchase the assets of Christiansen Implement. - CLAAS of America will open a third Canada West Harvest Centre location - Atlanta Kubota recently hosted a grand opening of its new facility in Marietta, Ga. - Matsqui Ag Repair, located in Abbotsford, B.C., has joined JCB’s dealer network as Matsqui JCB >>>


Rural Mainstreet Index: Numbers Inch Upward
The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index for June increased from May’s weak reading, though it remained below growth neutral, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas dependent on agriculture or energy. >>>


Used Farm Equipment Values More Vulnerable Than Farmland
U.S. agriculture could dodge the long-feared collapse in farm real estate prices this commodity cycle, suggest economists, but some cautioned another bubble may burst: the value of used farm equipment. “Land values haven’t seen near the pullback that everyone predicted,” observed Bruce Sherrick, director of the TIAA-CREF Center for Farmland Research at the University of Illinois, during conversation at a recent Farm Foundation meeting. >>>


Minnesota Law Aims to Decrease Tractor Rollovers
Under Minnesota’s program, farmers will be reimbursed for 70 percent of the cost of adding rollover protection, with that figure increasing as needed to cap a farmer’s out-of-pocket costs at $500 per tractor. Any tractor built before 1987—or shortly after manufacturers began voluntarily including rollover protection—is eligible for help. >>>


Tractor/Combine Sales
Highlights from the Association of Manufacturers' Ag Flash Reports. >>>


EDA Announces Dealers' Choice Awards
The Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) recently announced award recipients of the 2016 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey Report. >>>


ASABE Develops Standard to Chart Sustainability Progress
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has completed a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agricultural production. >>>


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