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6-11-2019 BiWeekly eNewsletter of the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association
Equipment News


Nebraska Legislative Meeting & Golf Outing

Join us June 25 at the York Country Club for a day of informative conversations, mixed in with some golf, laughs and good food. Learn about the issues affecting our members across Nebraska, including:


1.      Recap 2019 legislative session

2.      Right to Repair

3.      Right to Modify is Illegal

4.      Guest Speaker: EPA Region 7 | Clean Air Act


Spend the afternoon on York Country Club’s beautiful golf course and reconnect with fellow dealers and ag business representatives during the annual scramble tournament. Whether you’re a pro or a duffer, all are welcome and encouraged to participate. And don’t forget about the steak dinner waiting for you at the end of the tournament! Click here to register.


Register for Risk Management Academy – Federated Insurance

Federated Insurance is offering complimentary risk management training for all industries on August 6-8, 2019. Through this valuable session, you will discover methods you can use immediately to help protect profits by reducing risk at your business. Click here for additional information and to register.


Vermeer Focuses on Workforce Development through STEM Education – Rural Lifestyle Dealer

The labor shortage isn’t just impacting farm equipment dealers; manufacturers are facing the same struggle. “It’s stifling to think through the challenges. We have to be able to find the right people, enough people and to keep them there and be able to manage our business,” said Mark Core, executive vice president & CMO for Vermeer. [More]


How Cat Intends to Double its Parts and Service Sales by 2026 – Equipment World

Caterpillar has set a 10-year “aspirational target” to double its parts and service revenues from 2016 levels. “We believe tremendous opportunities exist to continue to grow service revenues by working with our dealers to find new ways to increase the value we provide to customers,” said Jim Umpleby, chairman/CEO. [More]


Unverferth Names New Corporate Distribution Manager – Farm Equipment

Unverferth Manufacturing Co. recently announced the promotion of Ross Unverferth to Corporate Distribution Manager. In this new position, Unverferth will be overseeing the operations of the company’s eight sales branches including staffing, customer service and facilities. In addition, he will continue managing transportation and logistics for the company’s manufacturing locations. [More]


Kubota to Establish 'Fresh Thinking' Innovation Centers – Ag Equipment Intelligence

Kubota aims to look beyond its traditional R&D approach to new products by establishing Innovation Centers in Japan and Europe that will engage with other organizations, such as start-ups, companies in other industries, universities and research institutes, to help identify new business ventures, products and services. [More]


Comprehensive, Bundled Service Plans Maximize Precision Profitability – Precision Farming Dealer

Platte Valley Equipment’s E3 program helps enable, engage and educate farmers to help their individual businesses flourish each growing season. [More]




Hemp Growing in Nebraska Now Legal – Agri Marketing
Nebraska farmers can now get into the hemp business. Governor Pete Ricketts, who had been hesitant to back hemp, signed LB657 into law. Under the "Nebraska Hemp Farming Act" hemp is now seen as a legal crop, even though it had already been legalized by the U.S. Congress through the 2018 Farm Bill.


New Legislation Aims to Help Farmers in Financial Crisis – Farm & Ranch Guide

With the costs of farming and ranching continuing to trend upward, both sides of Congress are currently considering increasing the current bankruptcy Chapter 12 debt cap from $4.1 million to $10 million. This Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 is designed to help more family farmers avoid going through foreclosure or a liquidation bankruptcy and allow them to continue their farming operation. [More]


Fastline & Iron Solutions Partner on Valuation Tool for Farmers Farm Equiment

Fastline Media Group and Iron Solutions announced a new strategic partnership in which Iron Solutions will provide a valuation tool available to farmers through the Fastline website. The tool, IronAverage, provides a starting point in determining the value of a piece of used equipment. It represents the average value of a piece of equipment, with the most commonly equipped options, of the same year, type, make and model assuming average usage based on age. [More]


JBS Announces $95 M Beef Expansion Project – Dover’s

JBS plans to spend $95 million to expand its Grand Island, NE, beef production facility. The project will include new, improved animal handling facilities; a state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled harvest floor; and facility reconfiguration designed to improve team member experience, food safety and product quality. [More]


A Need for Tech-Savvy Farmers Plagues the Agriculture Industry – AgWeb

Farming today is a beautiful blend of modern and ancient technologies working in harmony to help feed the people of the world, however the reality is the U.S. simply doesn’t have enough skilled workers to continue to push the industry forward. According to Purdue University and the USDA, the ag industry will need nearly 60,000 college graduates to fill new roles by 2020 – and as of 2015, college agriculture programs were only producing approximately 35,400 future work candidates. [More]


Improvements Needed in U.S. Rural Transportation System – Brownfield Ag News

America’s rural transportation system needs repairs in order to support economic growth, according to a new study by TRIP, a national transportation research organization. [More





Save the Date: Phishing Emails Webinar

On Thursday, July 25, the Association will be hosting a Phishing Emails webinar in partnership with Pratum, an information security and cybersecurity services consulting firm. The focus of the 30-minute webinar will be educating our members on email threats and best practices for prevention. Look for registration information to be sent in the next few days. Dealers and employees are encouraged to participate.


Resume Received – Prospective Manager

The Association recently received the resume from a job seeker looking for management opportunities. Andrew Hermann, who has been serving on active duty for 10 years in the United States Marines Corps, is looking to stay in the Des Moines area starting this July. He expressed a strong interest in working for a local area equipment dealer, is willing to commute up to 45-minutes, and is looking for a starting salary of $50,000. For more information and to receive his resume, please contact Will Rogers at willr@ineda.com.














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