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Kim Schmidt

Growing Role of Women in Agriculture

While scanning through the news that had come in over the weekend something jumped out at me — the growing role of women in agriculture. The two headlines that caught my eye were "Women Play Key Roles in Agriculture Jobs," from The Herald Journal in Logan, Utah, and "AGCO Celebrates Formation of First Women in Manufacturing Chapter in Minnesota," from the Daily Globe in Worthingon, Minn. Read More

2014 Most Profitable Year Ever for Ethanol Producers

While the future of ethanol is facing an uncertain future as the political battles about its usefulness continue, last year most U.S. ethanol producers were swimming in profits like they have never experienced. Read More

2014 Government Payments Boosted Livestock Producer’s Bottom Line

ERS’s current farm income forecast for 2014 includes $4.4 billion in Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) payments, an over 700% increase from total LFP payments made during the previous 5 years combined. Read More

Topcon Acquires Digi-Star

Digi-Star, a leader in agricultural solutions involving weight sensors and control systems for feeding, planting, fertilizer and harvest equipment manufacturers, will continue to be based in Fort Atkinson, Wis., with its acquisition by Topcon. Read More

Ziegler CAT to Open Sales & Parts Facility in Willmar, Minn.

The new 5,360 square foot facility will offer a selection of compact construction and ag equipment. The location will also bring Ziegler parts and service support closer to the surrounding area. Read More

4 Leadership Traits Shared by Successful Quarterbacks and CEOs

Quarterbacks and entrepreneurs have a lot in common. Here are four traits leaders in the boardroom and leaders on the field share that help make them successful. Read More

Vermeer Corp. Announces Executive Leadership Appointments

Vermeer Corp. recently announced that Nathan Guess has been named managing director of Forage Solutions and Mark Core has been named executive vice president of Forage and Lifecycle Solutions. Read More

New Poll: Farm Credit Leaders Identify Commodity Prices as the Greatest Challenge Facing Ag Producers in 2015

The Farm Credit directors polled indicated the next biggest challenges are input costs, Mother Nature and Farm Bill implications. Read More
Thurston Mfg. AT4020 Liquid Applicator

Thurston Mfg. Introduces AT4020 Liquid Applicator

It is the first liquid applicator on the market that is fully ISOBUS controlled for application, auto-section shutoff and variable-rate, along with sequence folding of the toolbar. Read More

Southeastern Equipment Announces Rental Store Opening

The 10,000 sq. ft. facility is located in Cambridge, Ohio, next to the existing Southeastern Equipment corporate office. Read More

AgJunction to Acquire Novariant

Combined through the acquisition, AgJunction and Novariant establish a preeminent position in automated steering and machine control technologies worldwide. Read More

Overview of PrairieLand Partners' New Integrated Solutions Department

Steve Kaufman, Integrated Solutions manager with PrairieLand Partners, a 9-store John Deere dealership in Kansas, shares the process of how the Integrated Solutions department grew from the earliest years. What began as AMS support on cellphones eventually evolved into a call center. Today, the department produces customized reports based the data each customer collects in their own fields and helps the customer understand and use that data to make management decisions. Read More

Linamar Acquires Harvestec

On Feb. 12, 2015 Linamar Agriculture Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of corn head manufacturer Harvestec. Read More

Finding Future Service Techs at the High School Level

Jason Bessette, Partner & General Manager of the St. Albans Store at Champlain Valley Equipment (headquartered in Middlebury, Vt.), Read More

Raven Makes Job Cuts in Sioux Falls

Raven Industries has laid off 115 employees, including 75 in the Sioux Falls, S.D., area. Read More

Blount Announces 4Q & Full Year 2014 Results

Sales in the fourth quarter were $232.2 million, an increase of $15.3 million or 7%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Read More

Western Equipment Dealer's Assn. Launches Dealer Institute Initiative

The Western Equipment Dealer's Association has announced the launch of a new full-service educational, training and consulting initiative available to dealers now. Read More

Titan Machinery Laying Off Workers and Closing Stores

North Dakota-based Titan Machinery is reducing its workforce by 14% and closing some stores after a drop in revenue. Read More

Alamo Group Completes Acquisition of Herder Implementos e Maquinas Agricolas Ltda.

Herder is a manufacturer of flail mowers and other ag implements sold direct and through dealers to the sugar cane, orchard and other agricultural markets, as well as for roadside maintenance. Read More

Rocky Mountain Equipment Acquires Chabot Implements

Predicting a "challenging environment" ahead for revenue growth as crop prices slip, Case IH dealership chain Rocky Mountain Equipment is set to expand further into Manitoba. Read More

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