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Color-to-Color Competition in Same Town

In mid-April, Chris Frodel, Mid-State Equipment (John Deere) drove over from her store to meet in the conference room at Johnson Tractor (Case IH), Leo Johnson’s store. The length of Frodel’s drive on Highway 14 was a full 4 minutes. That’s how close these two dealerships are in the rich agricultural region of Janesville, Wis. Both are second-generation dealers with siblings as partners (Chris runs the business with her brother Bryan and father Curt Hanson, while Leo does the same with brother Eric) and steadily collected additional stores from small-operation origins. Frodel (44) and Johnson (62) also found a lot of similarities and values in their businesses as they dug in for a candid discussion and what the future may look like.
In mid-April, Chris Frodel, Mid-State Equipment (John Deere) drove over from her store to meet in the conference room at Johnson Tractor (Case IH), Leo Johnson’s store. The length of Frodel’s drive on Highway 14 was a full 4 minutes. That’s how close these two dealerships are in the rich agricultural region of Janesville, Wis.
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Ag Equipment Intelligence

What is the Biggest Source of Ag Equipment Loans?

Earlier this year, Ag Equipment Intelligence surveyed U.S. and Canadian farm equipment dealers on their major sources for equipment loans. Overall, 61% of dealers reported that customer loans for purchasing equipment came from their manufacturers. But the percentage varied widely depending on the brand of equipment.
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Case IH Dealer Network Series Update

Case IH Clears Air on ‘Brand Purity’ in Dealerships

<strong>Part 4</strong>: While stressing the term ‘brand alignment,’ Case IH dealer network execs open up about a lightning-rod issue — alternative brands in red dealerships — and what they say the spirit of their wording actually means.
Everyone who has ever taken the athletic field or courts has heard a coach bark these famous words ... “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
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On the Record: Judge to Make Ruling on North Dakota Dealer Law by End of December

In today’s newscast, we have an update on the North Dakota Dealer Protection law and when we can expect a ruling from the judge, we take a look at the results from Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture’s latest Ag Economy Barometer and what producers are saying about used equipment values, Deere dealers are looking to hire more precision farming techs, and the third quarter earnings reports from Rocky Mountain Dealerships, CNH Industrial, AGCO and Alamo Group.
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