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New Data, Expanded Services on the Way for Members
Executive Vice President Vernon Schmidt offers an update on Association finances, membership, and a plan to launch a benchmarking survey. >>>


Association Elects New Leaders
The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association last week elected new officers and new members to its 16-person Board of Directors. >>>


Canada 'Extremely Worried' About NAFTA
A member of Canada’s NAFTA Advisory Council says it is time to be worried about the negotiations, which begin again this week. >>>


Scenes from the 2017 Marketing & Distribution Convention
More than 450 executives who represent the farm equipment supply chain gathered in Houston last week. Take a look at how we spent our time together. >>>


Ruling Reminds Employers of Law Governing Employee Breaks
A ruling from a Federal appeals court should serve as a warning to employers to make sure their policies follow--and their managers understand--the Fair Labor Standards Act. >>>


Alamo Group Reports Record-Breaking Quarter
Sales in agriculture showed the greatest growth with a 15 percent increase for the quarter. >>>


Kubota Plans $87 Million Expansion in Kansas
Kubota has confirmed it plans to build a North American Distribution Center in Kansas. It intends to buy 203 acres near the company’s current leased facility in Edgerton, Kansas. >>>


Hurricane Recovery Work Hits Already Tight Labor Market
Existing labor shortages may be exacerbated by the impact of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the demand for construction may cause challenges in material management. >>>


Deere Reaches Agreement to Sell Farm Machines in Cuba
Deere and CAT appear to be racing to establish a foothold in Cuba before the Trump administration slams the door on such a possibility. >>>


Fed: Farm Lending Picks Up in Q3
After dipping for the past three quarters, farm lending picked up in the third quarter of 2017. >>>


Rural Mainstreet: Farm Equipment Index Improves
Creighton University’s monthly survey of rural mainstreet provided reasons for optimism. The overall index improved from September, as did the farm equipment sales index. >>>


Rocky Mountain Q3 Sales Rise
Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc. reported a strong third quarter. The company says the three months that ended September 30 were its best since 2012. >>>


Dealer News:
Acquisitions and a Partnership
Dealer consolidation marches on... See news about

AgriVision - Equipment Group - ICON Ag & Turf

Riechmann Bros. - Green/Line Equipment

Koenig Equipment - Smith Implements

Van Wall Equipment - Phelps Implement >>>



Unverferth Appoints Marketing Manager
Unverferth Mfg. Co., Inc. has promoted Andy Unverferth to marketing manager. >>>


Ag Sales Improve at CNH
Sales for CNH were flat in NAFTA but enjoyed increases in Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region, primarily India. >>>


AGCO Reports Q3 Results
The company’s quarterly results showed a 6.7 percent increase in sales in North America. A nine-month comparison showed a 1.1 percent dip in North American sales. >>>


Happy Anniversary, and Welcome
The Association sends a big thanks to members celebrating milestone anniversaries in November and a special welcome to the companies just joining us. >>>


Brandt Plans Operation in Central Illiois
Canada-based Brandt is talking with a taxing body in Central Illinois about the possibility of a tax abatement to move onto a site currently occupied by Kongskilde. >>>


Firestone Ag Honors Farmers
Firestone Ag recently announced winners in its "What Drives You?" social media contest. The contest was designed to celebrate hardworking farmers in conjunction with the tire makers’ Farm Hard campaign launched earlier this year. >>>


Farmers Report Higher Prices on Used Equipment
The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer landed at 135 in October, up three points from September. It represented the third-highest reading since data collection began in fall 2015. >>>


Strip Till Magazine Debuts
Lessiter Media has introduced a new publication focused on strip-till productivity. >>>


As Next Round of NAFTA Talks Nears, Farmers Take Action
Secretary Ross “told aggies straight up that they’ve just got to get used to the fact that they’re a minor part of the economy and that trade policy isn’t going to be constructed around their interests,” said one industry consultant. >>>



 

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