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Our Members' Success Is Not Defined by Sensational Headlines
A national newspaper published a story last week with this headline: “Plowed Under: The Next American Farm Bust Is Upon Us.”

We beg to differ. For folks who were not yet born in the 1980s or were too young to remember, let’s review the makings of a farm bust. >>>

Tour Completion Center for Falcon Jets
Airplane enthusiasts who attend the Supply Summit & Showcase will have an extraordinary opportunity to see inside an operation that completes and customizes Falcon jets. >>>

Commentary: Farm Bill No 'Boondoggle'
Professional farm policy critics love to call the farm bill a “boondoggle.” They are wrong. As we enter the final year of the current Farm Bill, we must make its importance clear to legislators.

This is crucial to remember as the agricultural community gears up for a rewrite of the current farm law, which is set to expire in 2018. A farm leader at the Southwest Ag Issues Summit said it best: “We do not need to apologize for needing and wanting a good farm bill.” >>>

Louisville Show Opens with New Management Announcement
This article was added after the hard copy version of the Shortliner was printed. More information will be in the next issue of our newsletter. >>>

Skills Gap Continues to Challenge Manufacturers
President Trump wants to add 25 million new jobs in the national economy by boosting the number of factories in the United States, but he’ll have to work against a powerful headwind, because companies are already struggling to find Americans to fill manufacturing openings.

Four-fifths of the more than 400 executives surveyed said that a shortage of sufficiently skilled workers will affect their companies in the next 12 months. The most-represented sector in the survey is manufacturing, which Trump calls the “backbone of our economy.” >>>

Business Community Likes Supreme Court Nominee
President’s nominee for the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has observers optimistic on behalf of business. Based on opinions from Judge Neil Gorsuch as a justice on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, observers expect him to bring a conservative, albeit nonrigid, presence.

“Overall, he’s a fantastic pick for employers,” said Richard R. Meneghello, a partner at Fisher & Phillips L.L.P. in Portland, Oregon. “He’s got solid, conservative credentials. His prior opinions demonstrate that he seems to recognize the reality of running a business and managing employees.” >>>

Rural Equipment Dealers Forecast Good Year, Share Worries
Most rural lifestyle dealers across North America expect solid revenue growth this year, following last year’s strong growth.

Rural equipment dealers forecast another good year for overall and aftermarket sales, according to Rural Lifestyle Dealer’s 2017 Dealer Business Trends & Outlook survey. >>>

Workers Comp May Change in California
California legislators are considering a bill that could make it more difficult for an employee to gain workers compensation for occupational diseases or cumulative trauma. >>>

Hanna Cylinders Sues Deere for Breach of Contract, Fraud
Wisconsin-based Hanna Cylinders is suing Deere & Company, alleging Deere made false representations about future orders to its now former supplier. >>>

Kubota Makes Gains in U.K.
Tractor sales in the United Kingdom continue to decline for most manufacturers, with very few bucking the trend and actually increasing sales and market share. >>>

List of Right-to-Work States Grows
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) has signed legislation that will allow workers to opt out of joining a union, the latest victory for business groups in their nationwide battle with labor unions. >>>

Smaller Budget to Shape Debate on Farm Bill
As Senate and House agriculture committees, farm organizations and ag-related businesses begin to think about new farm legislation, they are reminded that they will have fewer dollars than were available during the last farm bill. >>>

Lessiter Introduces Podcast
A twice-a-month webcast from Ag Equipment Intelligence is now also available as a podcast. The program, On the Record, offers insights, analyses and late-breaking news in a brief broadcast format. >>>

Dexter Buys Tie Down Assets
DexKo Global Inc., has announced that Dexter has completed acquisition of axle, brake and actuation business assets from Tie Down Engineering, Inc. >>>

PEER Chain Announces Promotion
PEER Chain Company has promoted Jennifer Waschow to regional sales and relationship manager. She will be responsible for all accounts in Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Canada. >>>

Valley Industries Acquires A1 Mist
Valley Industries has completed the acquisition of A1 Mist Sprayers, a Nebraska-based company that manufactures mist-spraying applicators. The purchase diversifies Valley Industries product lineup. >>>

Terra Drive Names VP of Sales
Terra Drive Systems has named Marty Gura as its vice president of EZ Trac sales >>>

Welcome, and Happy Anniversary
Beginning with this issue of Shortliner, the Association will acknowledge new member applications as well as mark the milestone anniversaries of long-time members. To both, we say thank you. >>>

Dealer News
- Titan Machinery Inc., expects to close 14 agriculture locations during the first half of the current fiscal year.

- Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc. has appointed Jim Wood as its chief sales and operating officer. >>>

Association Urges Senate to Pass Regulatory Accountability Act
Last week our Association joined more than 600 other groups to urge the leadership of the U.S. Senate to pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA). >>>

CNH Releases Financial Results
Revenue for CNH Industrial was down by 4 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. >>>

U.S. Cattle Herd Continues to Expand
Although the supply of cattle in all U.S. feedlots at the start of 2017 was down from a year earlier, the overall trend in cattle is toward bigger herds, according to the USDA’s annual Cattle Inventory report. >>>

Rough Weather in Spain Causes Veggie Panic in U.K.
Many Europeans are looking anew at what has historically been an under appreciated food group: veggies. Bad weather has diminished the produce inventory in Spain, which supplies much of Europe with veggies during colder months. >>>

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