Opinions & Columns

From the Desk of Mike Lessiter

Competing is a Choice

Hello from a buried office desk. Haven't been in office much over the last 3 weeks, as I've been on the road in Minnesota and North Dakota and then at the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn. Convention last week in Las Vegas, where I participated in a Q&A-type panel with dealers from Iowa and New York.
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Dan Crummett
Ahead of the Curve

Small Tractor OEMs Embrace Tier 4

While strict EPA Tier 4 emission standards for small off-road diesel engines have been in effect since January 1, 2013, many customers for new small tractors have been buying “built ahead” Tier 3-compliant models — but the inventory of those machines is rapidly dwindling.
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Dr. Jim Weber
Business of Selling

These are the Times

As of this writing, dairy prices are at record levels and livestock prices are rebounding, but grain prices are trading at 50-60% below their record levels of a few years ago. As a result, farmer income is now expected to be down 14% this year.
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