James DeGraff

James DeGraff

James DeGraff is an Associate Editor for Farm Equipment Magazine and contributor to Ag Equipment Intelligence's On The Record. A journalism graduate of UW-Madison, he was an intern for Farm Equipment prior to joining full time in July 2017. Contact: jdegraff@lessitermedia.com

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One Career, Two Chapters & Endless Adaptation

George Annen of Annen’s Machinery Ranch in Arlington, Wis., reflects on the digital transition that shaped his career, sharing the benefits, pitfalls and lessons learned trading used equipment in the modern age.
There was once a simpler time in the career of George Annen, a used equipment specialist and owner of Annen’s Machinery Ranch Inc. in Arlington, Wis. A typical day before the internet started with a freshly-brewed pot of coffee, a trip to the convenience store to process tractor photos taken on a film camera, mailing them overnight to a set of interested buyers and preparing for a sales trip the next day if the phone rang.
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PFD Summit: Turning Digital Ag Potential into Profit

2018 Precision Farming Dealer Summit — Roundtable Coverage
In a conversation representing dealers, software specialists and farmers from across the globe, this roundtable during the Precision Farming Dealer Summit, Jan.8-9, discussed several digital-based topics: the potential of converting ag data into profit, how to position farm data into a billable format for dealers, and how to communicate that value to the farmers.
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PFD Summit: Clearly Defined Culture Breeds a Commitment to Precision Performance

3 diverse dealers dissect the dynamics of a productive employee-manager relationship, along with the detriments of poor communication.
The shifting nature of precision farming demands a foundation for employee commitment, yet the unique structure of any given dealership eliminates the possibility for any universal blueprint. Rarely does the perfect formula come from direct replication or an unhinged maverick move, but the best plans often fall somewhere in between.
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One Career, Two Chapters and Endless Adaptation

George Annen of Annen’s Machinery Ranch in Arlington, Wis., reflects on the digital transition that shaped his career, sharing the benefits, pitfalls and lessons learned trading used equipment in the modern age.
George Annen of Annen’s Machinery Ranch in Arlington, Wis., reflects on the digital transition that shaped his career, sharing the benefits, pitfalls and lessons learned trading used equipment in the modern age.
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For Success After the Trade-In, Preparation Trumps All

Customer transparency and equipment showcasing is key, but according to trade-in experts, most sales are won or lost before customers step into the dealership.
Equipment might get old, but smooth trade-ins at maximum margins never go out of style. With little question about the pitfalls of leaving used machines on the lot too long, dealers tuned in to learn the good, the bad and the ugly of equipment turnover strategies.
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Brand Loyalty Part 3: Farmers & Dealers Differ on the Direction of Brand Loyalty

Most dealers suggest a decrease in manufacturer commitment within their customer base, which can help or hinder business to an unprecedented degree.
In addition to surveying farmers, dealers were called to share their perceptions on brand loyalty, and similar to Farm Equipment’s 2014 results on the same topic, dealers and farmers disagreed more often than not on the level of customer loyalty to a specific manufacturer.
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Sponsored Content: Success in Shortline Machinery

For Pattison Agriculture, No Line Is Too Unique

With 60-plus shortlines to their name, the Saskatchewan-based dealer network strives to meet every customer’s needs and build long-term relationships in the process.
When JayDee AgTech and Maple Farm Equipment merged together under the Pattison Agriculture ownership group in early 2014, the result was a dealer network that has since expanded to 19 locations across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. While it brought in a diverse customer base with opportunities to grow further, it also brought in over 60 different shortlines across all locations, some with unique restrictions in their distribution contracts.
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Sponsored Content: Success in Shortline Machinery

Understanding Customers, Keeping Ahead of the Curve Vital for Redhead Equipment

The dealership’s successful partnership with shortlines across the agricultural, construction and trucking industries reflect a wide range of benefits, from customer loyalty to service quality.
The dealership’s successful partnership with shortlines across the agricultural, construction and trucking industries reflect a wide range of benefits, from customer loyalty to service quality.
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