The century year

There was probably some cake in the lunchrooms during the afternoon break at Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, plant and offices on July 27th last year. (Well, I’m guessing there was.) Why? Because that day marked the 100th anniversary of Ford truck production. A red letter day for the brand to be sure. To meet demand for

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Farm long and prosper

David Yee, vice president of operations at PAMI (the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute), titled his presentation to an audience at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon on Wednesday referencing two iconic names: “Star Wars and Star Trek, How Precision Ag May Land in the Farm of the Future”. He believes the high-tech fantasy realities in those

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A new look at old tractors

At the 2013 edition of Agritechnica (the massive machinery show) in Germany, there was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the diesel engine. Of course Rudolph Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, hailed from that part of the world, so it isn’t surprising that country would honour his invention. But the intent behind the

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Resolving to be creative

With Christmas behind us and a new—and so far very cold—new year ahead, what resolutions have you made that you’ll now have to follow through on? If you’re like me, New years resolutions tend be forgotten very soon. But the truth is the New Year is a good time to sit down and seriously think

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A blue (or red) Christmas

This month two prairie farm families had reason to repeat some infamous lines spoken by the Grinch: “It came without wrapping. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.” The “it” is the use of a whole new line of farm equipment for next season, compliments of the Rocky Mountain Equipment dealership

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Almost the last chance to shop

As I write this, there are pitifully few shopping days left until the big day. Christmas, I mean. That’s a big problem for procrastinators, like me. If you haven’t ticked off everyone on your need-to-buy-gifts-for list (I don’t mean it that way) you’ll need to get cracking. So I should probably cut out of here

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The tricky world of international trade

At the 2015 Agritechnica show in Hanover Germany there were a lot of equipment brands from developing nations on display. Their spokespersons made no secret of the fact that they then saw the entire globe as a potential marketplace for their machines, and they were getting ready to try taking the world by storm—at least

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Agree to disagree

I recall reading an analysis of the performance of CEOs of major corporations, which was published a few years ago. It was a study that looked at whether or not the compensation packages paid to leaders of the largest corporations in the United States had a direct correlation to the performance of the firms under

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Seeing the Agritechnica sights

Grainews readers will certainly have heard us talk about this November’s Agritechnica machinery show in Hannover Germany. We’ve been covering the event since 2007, and this year we even arranged to round up a bunch of our readers and bring them along with us as we made our way across the Atlantic. Both Leeann Minogue

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Brand evolution

A few months ago I had a chance to sit down with Leah Olson, president of AMC, the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, which is the industry association that represents most Canadian short-line ag manufacturers. One of the topics we discussed was how the generation of innovators behind many of those companies—more than a few of

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