ZimmCast 573 – Cattle Convention and Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

While at the Cattle Industry Convention last week in Phoenix, Jamie decided to hijack the ZimmCast and chat with her sister and business partner Joanna Wilkinson, who is also the creative director for ZimmComm. Jamie introduces us to Joanna and talks about the convention and the customized virtual newsroom that we built for that event. I proceeded to hijack the …

AEM, Audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference, Commodity Classic, NCGA, ZimmCast

AEM Reports 2017 Tractor and Combine Sales

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2017 Ag Tractor and Combine Report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) shows some recovery from 2016. “When we look at 2017 U.S. retail sales, especially from mid-year on, the bright spot continued to be the small-tractor sales under 40 HP with consistently positive numbers, while tractors 40-100HP have essentially been flat,” AEM Senior VP for AG Services …

AEM, AgWired Precision, Audio, Equipment, Tractor

AEM Pulls Out of NFMS Venture

Cindy Zimmerman

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has withdrawn from a proposed collaborative venture with the Kentucky State Fair Board (KSFB) for the National Farm Machinery Show, which was announced in February at the 2017 show. AEM and KSFB had signed a letter of intent and announced a verbal agreement under which AEM would assist with the management and co-production of …

AEM, NFMS

Groups Urge Trump to Stop EPA Changes to RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Biofuels stakeholder organizations have sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to “act quickly to prevent actions” at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that threaten to undermine future growth of the biofuels industry under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “If the proposed changes are finalized, EPA’s actions would cause severe harm to our industry, undermining your efforts to …

AEM, Ag Group, Biodiesel, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA, RFA

AEM Honors Next-Generation Ag Engineers

Cindy Zimmerman

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) honored the latest winners of its agricultural engineering student achievement awards during the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ (ASABE) recent annual meeting. ASABE engineering student branches receiving “AEM Trophy Awards” in 2017: • First Place: Oklahoma State University • Second Place: University of Wisconsin-Madison AEM initiated the awards in the 1930s as …

AEM, Agribusiness

AEM Names Curt Blades as Senior VP AG Services

Cindy Zimmerman

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has named Curt Blades as senior vice president, AG services, replacing Charlie O’Brien, who announced his retirement from AEM earlier this year. Beginning August 1, Blades will be responsible for strategic direction of agriculture programs and services for the AEM membership, and will serve as primary liaison with ag-specific industry organizations, customer groups and …

AEM, Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Audio, NAMA, Publication

AEM Releases Policy Plan for Infrastructure Advantage

Cindy Zimmerman

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has unveiled a new policy report for the country called “The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage™” which makes the case for a U.S. infrastructure system that supports the safe and efficient movement of people and goods; provides connectivity between and within rural and urban America; and fosters strong economic growth and robust job creation. “The United …

AEM, AgWired Precision, Audio, Equipment, Infrastructure

AEM Encourages Safety 365

Cindy Zimmerman

In addition to being National Dairy Month, June is also National Safety Month, but the Association for Equipment Manufacturers is encouraging those who operate machinery to practice safety 365 days a year. “The message of safety is one we should never get complacent about. We need to wake up every day, 365 days a year, with a commitment to being …

AEM, Farm Safety

AEM Holds Rural Broadband Access Panel

Jamie Johansen

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) hosted Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and representatives from equipment manufacturers John Deere and HammerHead Trenchless for a panel discussion on Capitol Hill on May 18th focused on the expansion of rural broadband access as part of lawmakers’ work this year on infrastructure. The event was in conjunction with Infrastructure Week 2017 and …

AEM, Ag Group, AgWired AgNewsWire, Audio, Equipment, Infrastructure, Internet

Taking DC Bureaucrats to the Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association recently joined with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the American Seed Trade Association to host officials from EPA and USDA for demonstrations on planting practices, seed treatments, and equipment innovations in an effort to help them understand modern farming. The event took place on the working farm of NCGA Chairman Chip Bowling in …

AEM, AgWired Precision, ASTA, NCGA, Seed, Technology, Video