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Dress for Success – What Image is Your Staff Portraying to the Customer [Webinar]

In the business world – even in social situations – a second chance to make a good impression is a rarity. This means you need to come out of the locker room looking like a professional. Whether you trade with a retailer whose employees wear blue coats or eat at a restaurant where staff is dressed like cartoon characters, appearance still matters to most consumers. [To view any of our webinar replays, you must be logged in with a free user account.]
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Kim Schmidt

Lots of Positives, But Concerns Linger

Grain prices are up. Yields in many areas are above average. Ag credit conditions are up. And, dealers report early orders are up and they are seeing good demand for equipment. But there are still some concerns — challenges getting equipment from the OEMs and concerns over taxes, regulation and trade following the election. Let’s look at some of the positives first.
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Kanicki

What About Capital Expenditures?

So, we’ve heard a lot from USDA about commodity prices and projected planted acres for 2020, but little or nothing about capital expenditure expectations. It exists but doesn’t capture much attention from much of the ag industry. I suppose this is because most farm spending is dependent on commodity prices.
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Charlie Glass March 2018 photo

September 2018 Tractor & Combine Analysis

The limited cash available to farmers and ranchers in the U.S. will continue to put a dampener on the equipment markets in 2018 and 2019. The expanded depreciation programs that appeared in 2010 and reached its zenith in 2014 had the effect of pulling ahead purchases from future years. We are now enduring the results of that program.
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[Podcast] On the Record: Optimism Fluctuates Among Tariff Concerns and Low Commodity Prices

In this podcast 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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Charlie Glass March 2018 photo

June 2018 Tractor & Combine Analysis

The unknown resulting from the current trade negotiations have had a major impact on the positive feelings that existed just a few months ago. Farmers and ranchers are facing reduced incomes coupled with rising interest rates for their necessary operating capital and that does not produce a bright, cheery outlook.
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Conversations in Ag

Farmer Steve Berger Discusses the Future of Agriculture

Steve Berger, a fourth-generation grain and hog producer in southeast Iowa, sat down with Ken Zuckerberg, then a senior research analyst in New York with Rabobank. The conversation provided Zuckerberg, who sees the industry from the perspective of a financial analyst, a chance to go eyeball-to-eyeball with a person in the trenches farming every day in Berger, a 2016 No-Till Innovator of the Year. The talk happened in the lobby at the 2018 National No-Tillage Conference in Louisville.
Steve Berger, a fourth-generation grain and hog producer in southeast Iowa, sat down with Ken Zuckerberg, then a senior research analyst in New York with Rabobank. The conversation provided Zuckerberg, who sees the industry from the perspective of a financial analyst, a chance to go eyeball-to-eyeball with a person in the trenches farming every day in Berger, a 2016 No-Till Innovator of the Year. The talk happened in the lobby at the 2018 National No-Tillage Conference in Louisville.
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