2014 Successes and 2015 Plans
We are extremely thankful for our members’ support in many areas over the last 12 months and for the success we have enjoyed in continuing to build a strong association of farm equipment manufacturers.
While numbers don’t tell the entire story, they are an important tool in measuring our success. By the time 2014 draws to a close, we will have added over 70 new members to our Association for the second consecutive year and remain on track to see our total membership top 750 companies in 2015. Much of this success can be credited to current members’ efforts in sponsoring new members. >>>
Reception Sponsorships Available for Spring Conference
For future meetings, the section’s Board of Governors will offer “Key Sponsorships” to supplier companies. A Key Supplier will pay $1,000 to have its company name featured at serving stations and on printed conference materials. The event will still be listed as the Supplier Section welcome party but will offer increased visibility for the sponsor company.
If you would like your company to become a Key Sponsor for the 2015 Spring Conference in Charlotte, NC, please contact Elaina Jackson at email@example.com or 314-878-2304 before January 15. >>>
Association Adds Senior Staff Position
We are pleased to welcome Byron Keelin, Certified Association Executive, to the Association’s staff. Byron brings more than 20 years’ experience in association management in the fields of education, medicine and agriculture—most recently in membership development at the American Soybean Association.
Byron is currently working on projects as diverse as the Spring Conference in Charlotte and developing an annual benchmarking survey. He also will work to strengthen support of our Product Councils and Committees with the goal of increasing member involvement and introducing new programs and services . . . >>>
Panel: Fix Broken Bankruptcy Law
Top restructuring professionals say U.S. corporate bankruptcy law is broken and are pushing lawmakers for changes that would give struggling companies a better shot at survival, according the Wall Street Journal.
In a recent report from the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, industry professionals called on federal lawmakers to pass reforms they say would make the Chapter 11 process cheaper and more efficient, potentially saving jobs and stabilizing the economy. >>>
2015 Directory Proof Sheets Available Online
This week our prime contact at each member company will receive an email with a link to your 2015 Membership Directory/Website preview and edit page. This new system will allow members to easily review and edit all of the information we publish on your company without the need to return printed documents. >>>
ASABE Adopts Tractor Implement Hydraulic Pressure Standard
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has completed a project to adopt nationally an international standard, ISO 10448:1994.
The new standard, ANSI/ASABE AD10448:1994, Agricultural tractors – Hydraulic pressure for implements, replaces the withdrawn ASABE standard ASAE S489, Hydraulic Pressure Available on Agricultural Tractors for Remote Use with Implements. >>>
NJ Governor Vetoes Ban on Hog Gestation Crates
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig crates in his state, reported The Des Moines Register.
Christie called the bill opposing gestation crates a “solution in search of a problem” and “a political movement masquerading as substantive policy.” >>>
Appareo, AGCO Join to Develop Machine Control Systems
Appareo Systems announced it will enter a joint venture with AGCO Corp. to develop technology for advanced machine control systems, according to PrairieBizMag.com.
The venture expands on Appareo’s Intelligent Agricultural Solutions (IAS), business structure, founded by Barry Batcheller and Howard Dahl, that initially created wireless blockage and flow monitors and depth control for beet harvesting equipment. AGCO bought 50% of IAS, buying out Amity Technology Co., for which Dahl serves as president. >>>
OSHA Expands Must Report Injury List
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, a revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report to OSHA.
The revised rule retains the current requirement to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours and adds the requirement to report to OSHA all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours. >>>
EPA Plans to Finalize Renewable Fuels Standard in 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not finalize 2014 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard program before the end of 2014.
The proposed rule, issued in November 2013, generated a significant number of comments, particularly on the proposal’s ability to ensure continued progress toward achieving the law’s renewable fuel targets.
• Ohio Ag Equipment, a division of Ohio CAT and an authorized AGCO and CLAAS dealer for the state of Ohio, announced it will acquire
• 21st Century Equipment LLC announced it will acquire Frank Implement Company’s
• Henry S. Miller, past president of Far West Equipment Dealers Association, recently passed away
Consultant Tells Ag Bankers How to Prepare for Tough Times Ahead
Bankers are worried about the drop in farm profits and the repayment capacity of their borrowers, said professor emeritus and ag banking consultant David Kohl at the American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers conference held in Omaha in November, reported The Progressive Farmer. >>>
Position Wanted: Director of Business Development
An experienced Director of Business Development with agriculture and commercial experience in business planning, and forecasting seeks an opportunity to lead a sales and marketing team.
Professional experience includes: >>>
House Approves Tax Breaks
The U.S. House of Representatives last week voted to pass a one-year extension of more than 50 tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013, including the Section 179 provision allowing a full depreciation deduction of up to $500,000 on most equipment and machinery in the current year. The “bare minimum” measure was the only option left to the House following an Obama veto threat of a deal that would have made certain provisions permanent. >>>
Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions
The Obama administration is expected to soon release a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb ozone emissions, reported the New York Times. The sweeping regulation, which would aim at smog from power plants and factories across the country, particularly in the Midwest, would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) controls on air pollution from smokestacks and tailpipes. >>>
Proposed Law Will Protect Employees’ Social Media Passwords
State Rep. Charlie Davis filed legislation this week that would protect employees who don’t give their bosses their passwords. If passed as is, the bill would prohibit employers from firing or disciplining workers who don’t give them access to their online accounts. It also would prevent employers from holding it against job applicants who refuse to disclose their passwords. >>>
Correction: In the Nov. 20 issue of Shortliner
Article titled “Howard Dahl Sees Significant Opportunities and Risks in Russia,” which was based on a presentation Mr. Dahl delivered at the Association’s Fall Convention in Las Vegas, should have been attributed to Lessiter Publications’ Ag Equipment Intelligence >>>
Falling Gas Prices Pose Little Risk to U.S. Ethanol Demand
Sharply lower gasoline prices through November and higher ethanol quotes have raised concerns about the future of ethanol demand and the potential for lower corn prices, but University of Illinois ag economists Darrel Good and Scott Irwin say “this risk is overstated,” reported AgWeb.com. >>>
Mooove Over Milk, Coke Enters the Dairy Market
Having claimed its place in the soda, water, energy drink, and juice markets, Coca-Cola now is going after milk. In a blog post on HoosierAgToday.com, Gary Truitt said the beverage giant is preparing a nationwide launch of Fairlife, a high-end milk, in 2015. >>>
GMO Measures Falter at Polls
The anti-GMO movement’s two biggest efforts—ballot initiatives in Colorado and Oregon that would have required labels for genetically altered food—were defeated during the recent midterm elections.
The results in Colorado and Oregon follow similar ballot initiative defeats in California in 2012 and in Washington state in 2013. While the vote in Oregon was very close (800 votes), in Colorado, the vote was more decisive. There, labeling proponents lost by a 2-1 margin. “If this had been two candidates, they’d say the ‘No on 105’ coalition had a mandate, said Don Shawcroft, Colorado Farm Bureau president and co-chair of No on 105. >>>
USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuels
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will offer $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and award more than $4 million in additional grants to advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. >>>
IBG Business named 2014 Privately Owned Business M&A Firm of the Year – USA
IBG Business Services received Acquisition International Magazine’s prestigious M&A Award for Privately Owned Businesses M&A Firm – USA for 2014. >>>
Deere’s 4th Quarter Sales Dip, Predict Slow Start to 2015
Deere’s fourth-quarter results were stronger than Wall Street expected, but the company says its farm equipment sales and profits will continue to fall as the sector remains weak.
Deere anticipates that its annual net income will drop about 40%, and revenue from agricultural and turf equipment will . . . >>>
Wanted: Technical Sales Rep
A manufacturer of agricultural pumps and equipment seeks a Technical Sales Representative to join its sales team.
Recognizing December Member Anniversaries
This month we thank the following companies for their membership in, and continued support of, the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association. We look forward to having these companies, and yours, as members for many more years. >>>