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Conversations in Ag

Dealer & Economist Compare Notes on Challenges Global Economy has on U.S. Agriculture

RDO Equipment’s Director of International Sales, Olga Hall, and Will Sawyer, lead economist on animal protein with CoBank, discuss the challenges — and opportunities — the global economy has for agriculture from African Swine Fever to trade disputes and exporting used equipment overseas. The two sat down to talk during a break at the Moving Iron Summit, where Sawyer was a speaker.

Olga Hall: We have a two-fold international business. We have footprint and dealerships in Ukraine, Russia, Australia, Mexico and our latest venture in Africa.

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Getting Real: Farmers Growing Too Much Corn...

Ag author and podcast host Damian Mason spoke at the 2019 Moving Iron Summit in Nashville. Following his presentation, Mason sat with Chip Senf of C&B Operations, a 38-store John Deere dealership with locations in 6 states, to dissect some of Mason’s presentation — including how the future of U.S. agriculture may mean growing less corn.

Damian Mason: We’ve been telling ourselves “feed the world” for my entire existence, and we’ve done a really good job of that.

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Another Decade Down: More of the Same Ahead?

It’s just about a wrap on the second decade of the 2000s and from my perspective things are looking a “little” better than they have in a while in some respects, but not so much in others. For the most part, the first half of the last decade is very different from the second half. But it’s simply a matter of ag cycles and plateaus, according to some.
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Overcoming Adversity Through Technology & Diversity

Neil Caskey of the National Corn Growers Assn., sat down with Heather Bruce and Joe Sampson of Osmundson Manufacturing at the November 2019 Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn. meeting in St. Louis. They discussed the poor weather, unpredictable trade wars and decline in biofuel demand that discomposed the industry in 2019.

Neil Caskey: We’ve described 2019 as a perfect storm. It’s comprised of a few things. First, really bad weather. The world was introduced to this brand new term called a bomb cyclone.

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U.S. House of Representatives Approves USMCA Trade Deal

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to enact President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Dec. 19, 2019, by a vote of 385-41. The measure now goes to the Senate, which The Hill reports is also expected to pass following the conclusion of Trump’s impeachment trial.
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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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