Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt is the Managing Editor of Farm Equipment and the host of Ag Equipment Intelligence’s On The Record. An award-winning writer, she worked 7 years in business-to-business trade media before joining Farm Equipment in 2012. She is a journalism graduate of Marquette University.

Contact: kschmidt@lessitermedia.com

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On the Record: Dealers Respond to Hurricane Florence

In this week’s episode we report on the leadership change at Buhler Industries and provide a look at some of the damage caused by Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina. In this week’s Technology Corner segment, Jack Zemlicka takes a look at Redline Equipment's test plot in Gas City, Ind. Other topics include worldwide tractor sales for the first 8 months of the year, preliminary results to Ag Equipment Intelligence’s 2019 Dealer Business Outlook & Trends survey and the competition in the combine market.
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On the Record: Do Producers Think the $12 Billion Aid Package Will Help?

In this episode, we examine how farmers are responding to $12 billion aid package introduced by the Trump Administration and Smart Ag's new autonomous technology aftermarket kit. We also cover Titan Machinery's solid second quarter gains, results from Farm Equipment's first ever Marketing Expenditures survey and what new Case IH Vice President of North America Scott Harris sees as priorities for the company, and it's customers.
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Industry Consolidation Part 3

What’s Driving Consolidation Among Farm Equipment Dealers?

Farmer consolidation and growing capital requirements for dealers has contributed to the need for dealerships to expand and grow.
All aspects of the ag industry have been consolidating over the last several years, and it seems to have picked up recently. This is no different for farm equipment dealerships. Some of the consolidation is being led by the major equipment manufacturers, some of it is in response to farm consolidation (see “Farms Shrinking in Number, Growing in Size,” page 12), and still some is due to dealer owners exiting the industry.
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What Would You Ask the Head of Your OEM?

We’ve hit the road this week heading to Boone, Iowa, for the Farm Progress Show, and it looks like it’s going to be a wet one! In addition to checking out the latest products, our editors are setting up interviews with top management at the 5 major OEMs for a special series we’ll be developing in the coming months.
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On the Record: Optimism Fluctuates Among Tariff Concerns and Low Commodity Prices

In this episode we report on Deere & Co.’s third quarter earnings, which saw net sales increase 32%. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka discusses precision farming dealers’ 5-year investment projections. With uncertainty stemming from tariffs, trade and commodity prices we also look at how manufacturers, dealers and producers are responding. Finally, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, farm income, capital spending and farmland values are all down.
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On the Record: Improving Crop Yields Offers $240B Precision Farming Opportunity

In today's newscast we dive into a new report from Goldman Sach's on the $240 billion market that exists for precision farming technology to address the 70% increase in food production by 2050, Farmobile's acquisition of Prime Meridian, an increase in landscapers equipment spending, Deere's June retail sales, Art's Ways second quarter earnings and Clean Seed Capital's acquisition of Harvest International.
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On the Record: Could Rocky Mountain Equipment Make a Move in the U.S.?

In today's newscast we talk with Rocky Mountain Equipment president Garret Ganden about the dealership's ambitious growth plan. We also take a look at precision farming dealers' outlook for the year and the results from the June Ag Economy Barometer. We also caught up with Curt Blades, senior vice president of of agriculture for the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers about the first 6 months of 2018 and his outlook for the second half of the year, as well as 3 trends to watch that will have a significant impact on agriculture in the near future.
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