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June 2018

Volume: 56
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Conversations in Ag

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    To The Point: A New-Era Hybrid Position?

    As our small company grew and org charts were redefined, sales management was off-loaded from my plate last year to create more capacity for strategy and vision. And probably not unlike transitions at your dealerships, I work hard every day not to stick my nose back in. Michael Ellis, director of sales, is managing me through the weaning stage.
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    Deere and Case IH Dealers Compete in Janesville

    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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    Helping Specialty Farm Equipment Dealers Succeed

    Mark Core of Vermeer Corp. and Richard Fox-Marrs of JCB Inc., top executives from two long established, family owned manufacturers of specialty farm equipment, explore their strategies for helping their dealers be profitable by providing services that go beyond traditional product support. Also, providing highly innovative products gives them an edge that competing dealers don’t have.
    Mark Core of Vermeer Corp. and Richard Fox-Marrs of JCB Inc., top executives from two long established, family owned manufacturers of specialty farm equipment, explore their strategies for helping their dealers be profitable by providing services that go beyond traditional product support. Also, providing highly innovative products gives them an edge that competing dealers don’t have.
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    Debating California Tillage

    Despite differing opinions, Alan Wilcox, of Wilcox Agri-Products and Jeff Mitchell, no-till advocate at University of California–Davis, sat down during World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., to discuss the challenges and the opportunities for conservation tillage practices to take hold in California’s Central Valley.
    Despite differing opinions, Alan Wilcox, of Wilcox Agri-Products and Jeff Mitchell, no-till advocate at University of California–Davis, sat down during World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., to discuss the challenges and the opportunities for conservation tillage practices to take hold in California’s Central Valley.
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    Kentucky Grain Producer and Case IH Dealer Discuss Farm Equipment Brand Loyalties

    Kentucky grain producer Joe Sisk and Jeff Morgan, H&R Agri-Power (Case IH dealer) share views into each other’s world and why they have not yet consummated a high-ticket deal for Sisk’s 5,000-acre operation, which remains 100% green on combines and tractors. As soon as they sat down, Sisk (45) reminded Morgan (53) that he’d been his tractor engine instructor in 4H 33 years earlier. Morgan remembered the class and the curriculum (“intake, compression, power and exhaust”) but hadn’t realized Sisk had been in the class.
    Kentucky grain producer Joe Sisk and Jeff Morgan, H&R Agri-Power (Case IH dealer) share views into each other’s world and why they have not yet consummated a high-ticket deal for Sisk’s 5,000-acre operation, which remains 100% green on combines and tractors. As soon as they sat down, Sisk (45) reminded Morgan (53) that he’d been his tractor engine instructor in 4H 33 years earlier. Morgan remembered the class and the curriculum (“intake, compression, power and exhaust”) but hadn’t realized Sisk had been in the class.
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    Global Insights on Problem Solving from Experienced Precision Farming Specialists

    More than 9,000 miles separate Jason McNeice with Wideland Group in Queensland, Australia, and Kevin Depies with Ritchie’s Implement in Cobb, Wis. While the physical distance between the two Case IH dealerships allows for some uniquely regional differences, the experienced precision farming specialists shared some common ground when it comes to getting into the business and billing out service.
    More than 9,000 miles separate Jason McNeice with Wideland Group in Queensland, Australia, and Kevin Depies with Ritchie’s Implement in Cobb, Wis. While the physical distance between the two Case IH dealerships allows for some uniquely regional differences, the experienced precision farming specialists shared some common ground when it comes to getting into the business and billing out service.
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    The Future of Manufacturing: Retention, Consolidation & Collaboration in the Ag Market

    Manufacturer executive Jim Wessing of Kondex Corp. sat down with Doug Griffin, former AGCO vice president and current principal of Context Network, a consulting firm that works with full-line manufacturers. They discussed the lack of experience and availability of skilled workers, knowledge voids, unique challenges of suppliers and manufacturers, and also offered advice for anyone entering the ag market.
    Manufacturer executive Jim Wessing of Kondex Corp. sat down with Doug Griffin, former AGCO vice president and current principal of Context Network, a consulting firm that works with full-line manufacturers. They discussed the lack of experience and availability of skilled workers, knowledge voids, unique challenges of suppliers and manufacturers, and also offered advice for anyone entering the ag market.
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    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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    Linco-Precision’s Skip Klinefelter Discusses Farming Equipment Sales

    A gap in industry experience doesn’t equate to different challenges when proving the value of precision equipment and establishing a rapport with customers. Brenan Schneidermann, precision farming specialist for Town & Country Implement and recent college graduate, sits down with Skip Klinefelter, owner of Linco-Precision, to discuss the precision learning curve, generational approaches to customers and the need for patience when entering the industry.
    A gap in industry experience doesn’t equate to different challenges when proving the value of precision equipment and establishing a rapport with customers. Brenan Schneidermann, precision farming specialist for Town & Country Implement and recent college graduate, sits down with Skip Klinefelter, owner of Linco-Precision, to discuss the precision learning curve, generational approaches to customers and the need for patience when entering the industry.
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    Delegation, Innovation & Managing Growth as Manufacturers

    Two Canadian manufacturer representatives, John Redekop, owner and founder of Mandako Intl. in Manitoba, and Brad Baker, senior product manager for Salford Group In Ontario, offer their unique perspectives on business growth and finding trustworthy employees to keep management afloat amid expansion.
    Two Canadian manufacturer representatives, John Redekop, owner and founder of Mandako Intl. in Manitoba, and Brad Baker, senior product manager for Salford Group In Ontario, offer their unique perspectives on business growth and finding trustworthy employees to keep management afloat amid expansion.
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    Training Precision Farming Technology Specialists of Tomorrow

    Sitting among training implements on the ag campus of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis., Zach Ward of Fox Valley Technical College and Joe Sinkula with 12-store John Deere dealership Riesterer & Schnell traded experiences — some shared — on preparing precision specialists for the rigors of an evolving industry.
    Sitting among training implements on the ag campus of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis., Zach Ward of Fox Valley Technical College and Joe Sinkula with 12-store John Deere dealership Riesterer & Schnell traded experiences — some shared — on preparing precision specialists for the rigors of an evolving industry.
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    How Tillage & Planting Have Changed

    Roger Murdock of Ingersoll Tillage Group and No-Till Farmer founding editor Frank Lessiter discuss changes in agriculture over their careers, including equipment, farm sizes and tillage practices. With Murdock’s career taking him across the globe and Lessiter’s to farms in every state in the U.S., they compared notes on what’s happening here in North America and overseas.
    Roger Murdock of Ingersoll Tillage Group and No-Till Farmer founding editor Frank Lessiter discuss changes in agriculture over their careers, including equipment, farm sizes and tillage practices. With Murdock’s career taking him across the globe and Lessiter’s to farms in every state in the U.S., they compared notes on what’s happening here in North America and overseas.
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    Agri-Service President & KanEquip Regional Manager discuss their businesses

    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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    Challenges of Promoting Shortlines in a Mainline Dealership

    Vernon Schmidt (Executive Vice President, Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn.) and Heather Hetterick (Director of Marketing, Redline Equipment) met for the first time during the United Equipment Dealers Assn. in Louisville, Ky., in February. Both have experience working with associations and manufacturers (Hetterick did a stint with the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers before moving to Ohio with husband, Zach, at Redline) and explored the challenges that come with promoting shortlines in a mainline dealership.
    Vernon Schmidt (Executive Vice President, Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn.) and Heather Hetterick (Director of Marketing, Redline Equipment) met for the first time during the United Equipment Dealers Assn. in Louisville, Ky., in February. Both have experience working with associations and manufacturers (Hetterick did a stint with the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers before moving to Ohio with husband, Zach, at Redline) and explored the challenges that come with promoting shortlines in a mainline dealership.
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    Women in the Male-Dominated Livestock Industry

    Dairy farmer Doris Mold sits down with Jean Goslin, a cow-calf operator, to discuss shifts in the industry, genetics and technology and other topics. The two share a common bond through their involvement with American Agri-Women, along with the distinct challenges they face working in male-dominated industries.
    Dairy farmer Doris Mold sits down with Jean Goslin, a cow-calf operator, to discuss shifts in the industry, genetics and technology and other topics. The two share a common bond through their involvement with American Agri-Women, along with the distinct challenges they face working in male-dominated industries.
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    Preventative Diagnostics in Farm Equipment

    John Anderson, president of JCA Electronics and Jan Faassen, sales director for GKN Off-Highway Powertrain, discuss the need for collaboration and standards throughout the supply chain when it comes to preventative diagnostics in farm equipment during the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn. Supply Summit in Omaha in April.
    John Anderson, president of JCA Electronics and Jan Faassen, sales director for GKN Off-Highway Powertrain, discuss the need for collaboration and standards throughout the supply chain when it comes to preventative diagnostics in farm equipment during the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn. Supply Summit in Omaha in April.
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    Soil Scientist Joshua Mcgrath & Precision Agriculture Engineer Joe Luck solve the Precision Gap

    Agronomy and engineering play critical roles the in development and application of precision practices. But the two areas don’t always intersect in convenient or compatible ways. At this year’s Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference in Louisville, soil scientist Joshua McGrath and precision ag engineer Joe Luck dissected the advancements and imperfections of the current state of ag technology to include some of the missing pieces.
    Agronomy and engineering play critical roles the in development and application of precision practices. But the two areas don’t always intersect in convenient or compatible ways. At this year’s Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference in Louisville, soil scientist Joshua McGrath and precision ag engineer Joe Luck dissected the advancements and imperfections of the current state of ag technology to include some of the missing pieces.
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    Waupun Equipment’s Jason Drews Talks About Real World Work 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.
    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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    Marketing in Agriculture

    Ready or not, Generation Z is making its debut at the dealership, factory and the farm. With the influx comes new approaches to branding, politics and advertising, all of which Osborn Barr’s Neil Caskey is determined to sort out. Recent UW-Madison graduate (Life Science Communications within the Ag School) Jordan Gaal finds himself on the fringe between Millennial and Gen Z, providing a unique perspective on what’s to be expected.
    Ready or not, Generation Z is making its debut at the dealership, factory and the farm. With the influx comes new approaches to branding, politics and advertising, all of which Osborn Barr’s Neil Caskey is determined to sort out. Recent UW-Madison graduate (Life Science Communications within the Ag School) Jordan Gaal finds himself on the fringe between Millennial and Gen Z, providing a unique perspective on what’s to be expected.
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    Lobbying for Farm Equipment 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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    New Holland’s Bret Lieberman & Consultant Bob Clements Discuss Challenges Facing Equipment Dealers

    In charge of New Holland’s dealer network, Bret Lieberman of New Holland North America and consultant Bob Clements of Bob Clements Intl. exchanged perspectives on real challenges facing equipment dealers.
    In charge of New Holland’s dealer network, Bret Lieberman of New Holland North America and consultant Bob Clements of Bob Clements Intl. exchanged perspectives on real challenges facing equipment dealers.
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    What can Business Systems do for Agriculture Equipment Dealers?

    Anne Salemo, CEO and president of Charter Software based in Littleton, Colo., sits down with Mike Prengler, director of operations for HBS Systems in Richardson, Texas. Working closely with their own networks of dealers and OEMs, the two share thoughts on business management systems and what they believe these systems will be doing for dealers in the near future.
    Anne Salemo, CEO and president of Charter Software based in Littleton, Colo., sits down with Mike Prengler, director of operations for HBS Systems in Richardson, Texas. Working closely with their own networks of dealers and OEMs, the two share thoughts on business management systems and what they believe these systems will be doing for dealers in the near future.
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    Challenges Encountered by Farmers & Manufacturers During the Dairy Downturn

    To better understand the manufacturer-dairy farmer relationship, H&S Mfg. Co. President Craig Harthoorn and Product Marketing Manager Ron Zygarlicke sat down with Daryl Sternweis and Heather Heiman (D&B Sternweis Farms) along with Josh Heiman (Heiman Holsteins). The group, all based in Marshfield, Wis. discusses tight budgets, hiring mishaps and rising environmental standards.
    To better understand the manufacturer-dairy farmer relationship, H&S Mfg. Co. President Craig Harthoorn and Product Marketing Manager Ron Zygarlicke sat down with Daryl Sternweis and Heather Heiman (D&B Sternweis Farms) along with Josh Heiman (Heiman Holsteins). The group, all based in Marshfield, Wis. discusses tight budgets, hiring mishaps and rising environmental standards.
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    Agriculture Equipment Dealers & Manufacturers Collaborating to Solve Customer Needs

    Clayton Camp, President of Kern Machinery and David Rankin, President of Rankin Equipment and Northstar Attachments, discuss the value of the relationship between suppliers and dealers and what makes those relationships work.
    Clayton Camp, President of Kern Machinery and David Rankin, President of Rankin Equipment and Northstar Attachments, discuss the value of the relationship between suppliers and dealers and what makes those relationships work.
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    People & Profits: The ‘Value’ of Relationships

    Under our 2018 theme of ‘Developing Human Capital,’ this article focuses on the right perspectives and practices to develop and engaged employees who create repeat customers profitably. It is written by one of my Machinery Advisors Consortium Colleagues, Bill Hoeg. — George Russell

    Why do car dealers get less parts and service business after the warranty expires? Why are there so many independent repair shops to fix your car?


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    People & Profits: The ‘Value’ of Relationships

    Under our 2018 theme of ‘Developing Human Capital,’ this article focuses on the right perspectives and practices to develop and engaged employees who create repeat customers profitably. It is written by one of my Machinery Advisors Consortium Colleagues, Bill Hoeg. — George Russell

    Why do car dealers get less parts and service business after the warranty expires? Why are there so many independent repair shops to fix your car?


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    Online Extras: June 2018 Issue

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • The Conversation Continues. More on the Conversations in Ag Special report.
    • More Product Coverage. The latest new product innovations for 2018-19. 
    • Check out the newly redesigned Dealership Minds Summit website, with exclusive event photos, agenda and speaker information, video links and more. www.DealershipMindsSummit.com

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