Mfr. & Dealer Issues

Information on manufacturer and dealer relations and how the manufacturers impact dealership business.


[Podcast] On the Record: Dealers Respond to Hurricane Florence

In this podcast, we report on the leadership change at Buhler Industries and provide a look at some of the damage caused by Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina. In this week's Technology Corner segment, Jack Zemlicka takes a look at Redline Equipment's test plot in Gas City, Ind. Other topics include worldwide tractor sales for the first 8 months of the year, preliminary results to Ag Equipment Intelligence's 2019 Dealer Business Outlook & Trends survey and the competition in the combine market.
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California Dealer-Farmer Agreement Helps Avoid ‘Right to Repair’ Legislation

An agreement signed by representatives of California farmers and equipment dealers will make it easier for farmers to diagnose and repair equipment without accessing or downloading proprietary software or code. Leaders of the Far West Equipment Dealers Assn. (FWEDA) and the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) signed the agreement at the Belkorp AG equipment dealership in Stockton.
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[Podcast] On the Record: Do Producers Think the $12 Billion Aid Package Will Help?

In this podcast, we examine how farmers are responding to $12 billion aid package introduced by the Trump Administration and Smart Ag's new autonomous technology aftermarket kit. We also cover Titan Machinery's solid second quarter gains, results from Farm Equipment's first ever Marketing Expenditures survey and what new Case IH Vice President of North America Scott Harris sees as priorities for the company, and it's customers.
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Consolidation Impacts All Aspects of Ag Industry

Consolidation has hit all aspects of the agriculture industry from farmers, suppliers, manufacturers to dealers and even associations.
The landscape of the agriculture industry has been changing over the last several years, and is showing no signs of easing up. Consolidation and mergers are redefining the industry. Three mega-mergers on the crop protection and seed industry side of the business have dominated headlines — Dow-DuPont, ChemChina-Syngenta and Bayer-Monsanto.
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What Would You Ask the Head of Your OEM?

We’ve hit the road this week heading to Boone, Iowa, for the Farm Progress Show, and it looks like it’s going to be a wet one! In addition to checking out the latest products, our editors are setting up interviews with top management at the 5 major OEMs for a special series we’ll be developing in the coming months.
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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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[Podcast] On the Record: Ag Equipment Makers Report Strong Earnings

In this podcast we review the latest round of earnings reports of farm equipment manufacturers, which seem to be following the same trend of strong sales growth as many other industries. We also take a look at some other ag-related earnings, pay a visit to Horsch's new demonstration farm in Illinois and review the effects from a Trump Administration farm aid package.
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2017 Equipment Dealers Assn. Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey

In early June, the Equipment Dealers Assn. (EDA) released the results of its annual Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey. Through this study, equipment dealers rated the companies whose products they represent on 11 key categories of dealership operations and support.

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