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Is Fraud Impacting Your Dealership?

Can you trust your employees? Better yet, should you trust your employees? During a recent trip to the East Coast to visit a few different dealerships, two dealers told me about problems they had with employees stealing from them. If this was a problem for these two dealers, I wondered how widespread the issue really is. Read More

5 Trends That Will Reshape Farming

A new study from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) identifies the most influential trends that will affect farming practices and structures through 2030. These include precision farming, automation, consolidation, professionalism and labor shortages. Read More

Deere’s Sales of Utility Tractors Lower Than Industry Average in May

Last week, Deere & Co. issued its retail sales comment for May. Compared to the industry, Deere reported its North American sales were down more than the industry in the utility tractor category and down less than the industry in the other major tractor categories, but up a single digit in combine sales. Read More

7 Essential Talents of Effective Managers

Forget state-of-the-art IT systems and over-the-top marketing campaigns. Often, the secret to improving a company’s productivity and skyrocketing its growth lies in its people — more specifically, the managers who understand the organization’s vision, motivate their teams and make things happen. Read More

Webinar: Managing the Sales Process With the Novice Rural Buyer

Most dealers need to be doing more educating and less selling. In this webinar event, which took place on June 23, Mike Wiles leaned on his 20+ years in the retail and wholesale equipment business to offer insight on that point of view. Read More
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Thunder Creek Equipment Launches FST Series Trailers

Thunder Creek Equipment has introduced its all-new FST Series trailers — available in 500-, 750- and 990-gallon diesel capacities with a 100-gallon DEF tank and an optional field-installed rear utility box. 

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Standard Job Pricing: Getting There

Developing a standardized job pricing model is an important step in getting dealership employees and customers on the same page. Loren Balzer, director of aftermarket for PrairieLand Partners, a 9-store John Deere dealership group in Kansas, talks about the progress the dealership has made in simplifying this process. Read More

Combine Headers Product Roundup 2015

Check out the latest Combine Headers from some of the industry's leading suppliers. Read More

Building a Cover Crop Seeding System with Valmar Cover Crop Seeders & Salford Tillage Tools

Gary Fennig of Fennig Equipment talks about their cover crop seeding system, which incorporates a Valmar Cover Crop Seeder with Salford vertical tillage tools as an efficient cover crop seeding system. Read More

Scott Supply Reflects on 100 Years of Business

This year marks the 100th anniversary for Scott Supply, a Case IH dealer in Mitchell, S.D. and Farm Equipment's 2007 Dealership of the Year. It hasn't always been the simplest path, but for the past century, the Scott family has successfully maneuvered its way through the road less traveled. Read More

Steve Larocque Joins Clean Seed Capital Board of Directors

Steve Larocque is an independent crop consultant based out of Three Hills, Alta., and has been advising farmers for over 15 years. As owner of Beyond Agronomy, he consults on over 55,000 acres of cropland and works with farmers across Canada and internationally. Read More

Summers Manufacturing Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Founded in Maddock, N.D., in 1965, Summers is a leading fabricator of agricultural equipment, including tillage, land rollers, field sprayers, mounted attachments and rock picking implements, and utilizes an established dealer network across North America to facilitate sales worldwide. Read More

Topcon Announces Acquisition of NORAC

Topcon has announced the acquisition of NORAC Systems International, a developer of ultrasonic sensing and boom control technology for ag equipment. This is the third precision ag-related purchase Topcon has made since Nov. 2014. Read More

Another Management Change at Top of New Holland North America

In a June 8 letter to New Holland dealers, Brad Crews, COO, CNH Industrial NAFTA, announced that, “Abe Hughes is no longer with the company as he has elected to pursue other interests outside CNH Industrial.” Hughes held the top spot at New Holland in North America. The change was effective yesterday, June 8. Read More

ONCAP Acquires Significant Share of Ingersoll Tillage Group

Ingersoll Tillage Group and its majority owned subsidiary, Corporacion Patricio Echeverria announced the sale of a substantial portion of ITG’s shares to ONCAP. Read More

Meade Tractor Purchases Eight JD Construction Branches

Meade Tractor is a family-owned dealership headquartered in Bristol, Tenn. The company currently operates seven John Deere ag and turf dealerships throughout the region. Read More

Dealer Association Merger Moves Forward

The joint boards of the Pacific Northwest Assn. (PNW) and Western Equipment Dealers Assn. (WEDA) voted to move forward with a proposal that would consolidate the two associations. Read More

Mississippi Ag Announces New CEO

Mississippi Ag, a growing John Deere dealer with 13 locations in Mississippi and Arkansas, announces Kyle Fulcher as chief executive officer effective May 18. Read More

House Subcommittee Examines Ag Sector's Economic Health

A House Ag Committee subcommittee met to discuss the economic health of the farm sector, bringing up how earlier passing of Section 179 would help farm equipment dealers. Read More

RDO Equipment Co. Names New Chief Operating Officer

Chris Cooper has been named chief operating officer of RDO Equipment. He will be responsible for daily business operations across all regions and teams. Read More

Bane-Welker Ohio Locations Add Kubota

Bane-Welker will sell Kubota products and offer complete parts and service departments in both its Wilmington and Georgetown, Ohio, stores. Read More

Soo Tractor Closing, Victim of Softening Ag Economy

FEMA reports that after 73 years in the farm equipment manufacturing industry, Soo Tractor is closing. Read More

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