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: AGCO Reveals Ideal Combine to North American Dealers & Farmers

In today’s newscast, AGCO reveals its Ideal combine to North America — the first “clean-sheet” design of an axial combine in the industry in decades. In this week’s Technology Corner segment, we take a look at the challenges dealers face in recruiting and retaining precision service technicians. We also take a look at how large ag equipment sales rebounded in May and how Deere’s retail sales compared to the industry average, the changes in machinery values on Illinois farms over the last 10 years and a deterioration of European dealer sentiment in June.
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From the Desk of Kim Schmidt

Can You Tell Your Employees to Grow Up?

Where do you draw the line with catering to new management styles for different generations of employees? Should you have to adapt to the preferences of a younger generation or should they be the ones adapting?
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Conversations in Ag

Lobbying for Dealers’ Interests

Tom Rosztoczy, president of Stotz Equipment, a 25-store John Deere dealership with locations in 8 western states, and Dan Scheuers, co-owner of Waupun Equipment, a 2-store New Holland and Massey Ferguson dealership in Wisconsin, sat down to talk in between appointments at the Equipment Dealers Assn. Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C. in March. Both Rosztoczy and Scheuers are on the EDA Board of Directors.
Tom Rosztoczy, president of Stotz Equipment, a 25-store John Deere dealership with locations in 8 western states, and Dan Scheuers, co-owner of Waupun Equipment, a 2-store New Holland and Massey Ferguson dealership in Wisconsin, sat down to talk in between appointments at the Equipment Dealers Assn. Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C. in March. Both Rosztoczy and Scheuers are on the EDA Board of Directors.
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Conversations in Ag

How Service Tech Training has Evolved

Jason Drews and Jordan Shaw both work at Waupun Equipment, a 2-store New Holland and Massey Ferguson dealer in Wisconsin. Drews is a salesman, but got his start in the service department 15 years ago after graduating from Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC), Shaw is in his junior year at FVTC and works in the service department part time. The two sat down to talk about their training experiences and what real world work is like at their dealership.
Jason Drews and Jordan Shaw both work at Waupun Equipment, a 2-store New Holland and Massey Ferguson dealer in Wisconsin. Drews is a salesman, but got his start in the service department 15 years ago after graduating from Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC), Shaw is in his junior year at FVTC and works in the service department part time. The two sat down to talk about their training experiences and what real world work is like at their dealership.
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Conversations in Ag

Generational Shift in Customers

Clint Schnoor, president of Agri-Service, a large multi-location AGCO dealership headquartered in Idaho and Bryndon Meinhardt, a regional manager for KanEquip, an 8-store CNH dealer in Kansas, sat down to talk for the first time during the Precision Farming Dealer Summit in Louisville, Ky. Despite carrying different brands and covering different markets, the two discovered their businesses have more similarities than differences.
Clint Schnoor, president of Agri-Service, a large multi-location AGCO dealership headquartered in Idaho and Bryndon Meinhardt, a regional manager for KanEquip, an 8-store CNH dealer in Kansas, sat down to talk for the first time during the Precision Farming Dealer Summit in Louisville, Ky. Despite carrying different brands and covering different markets, the two discovered their businesses have more similarities than differences.
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On the Record: Deere Sues AGCO & Precision Planting Over Patent Infringement

In today’s newscast, we explore the possible outcomes of Deere's lawsuits against Precision Planting and AGCO, how high-speed ISOBUS will expedite plug & play compatibility, Titan Machinery's first quarter earnings for fiscal year 2019, an improvement in farmer and rancher sentiment and changes to the Financial Accounting Standards Board's accounting standards for companies that lease equipment.
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From the Desk of Kim Schmidt

Farm Equipment Price Increases Take Hold

When the U.S. announced tariffs on imported steel, there was a lot of speculation — and maybe even fear — about what it would mean for farm equipment prices. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we’re starting to get some answers.
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On the Record: McKinsey Report Studies Farmer Behaviors

In today's newscast we discuss the results of McKinsey & Co.’s farmer behaviors survey, Western Equipment’s new facility, SEMA Equipment’s consolidation, United Ag & Turf’s merger, bankers’ increased optimism of ag prospects, the new partnership between Farmers Edge and Raven Industries, Rocky Mountain Dealerships’ and Cervus Equipment’s first quarter earnings, and John Deere’s second quarter earnings.
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