GFM Network News

Alberta input retail chain expands westward reach

A pair of independent crop input retail outlets in west-central Alberta will be networking with seven others by month-end. Crop Management Network (CMN), a joint venture between an employee-owned network of retail outlets and La Coop federee’s Agrico Canada arm, announced Wednesday it has reached a deal to buy Performance Ag Group. Performance Ag, which […] Read more

CNH begins 3D-printing spare parts

In a twist on the idea of ordering parts online, the parent firm for New Holland and Case IH is trying out the use of 3D printing to make plastic — and eventually metal — spare parts. British-based equipment manufacturing giant CNH Industrial said Monday it has already produced its first 3D-printed spare parts, making […] Read more


Railways to appeal federal order on train braking

A ministerial order requiring railways to apply handbrakes on trains stopped on mountain grades is the subject of an appeal by Canada’s big two railways. Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) said Friday it will appeal the Feb. 8 order, which federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau issued following the Feb. 4 fatal crash of a grain train […] Read more

AMC producer panel (l to r): Scott Garvey, Adrienne Ivy, Warren McCutcheon, and Anton Borst.

Brand loyalty cuts deeper

Farmers tell manufacturers how and why they buy new equipment

When a few hundred staff and executives from the Canadian equipment brands that belong to AMC, the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, gathered for their 48th annual convention in Winnipeg in December, they used the opportunity to find out a bit more about their customers. AMC organizers had invited producers from different segments of the farming […] Read more


FCC offers up new Starter Loans

“Preferential” loan rates are available to young farmers or agribusinesspeople planning start-ups through a new Farm Credit Canada lending program. Lawrence MacAulay, addressing the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s annual meeting Wednesday in Ottawa when he was still federal minister of agriculture, unveiled the federal ag lending agency’s new Starter Loan Program. The program, according to […] Read more

Kubota has introduced its second-generation M7 tractor series, the M7-2.

Kubota updates its flagship M7 tractor line

The M7-2 series brings new technology and introduces the Deluxe model

It was a poorly kept secret in 2018 that Kubota was about to introduce an updated version of its most powerful tractor, the M7 Series, into North America. In fact, the brand showed a newer M7-2 at the Agritechnica machinery show in Germany in 2017. Now, however, the updated tractor line has finally arrived on […] Read more



Repairing today’s farm machines is now a much more complex matter than it used to be, both in how to and who can do it.

The ‘right’ solution

Manufacturers and dealers make their case in the divisive “right-to-repair” debate

Here at Country Guide we’ve discussed the so-called “right to repair” machinery debate, most recently when a joint press release from a major dealer association and AEM, the association that represents most North American ag equipment manufacturers, announced concessions to allow for more access to the “brain” of machines to facilitate repairs. Our previous discussion […] Read more


Buhler cutting overhead to boost margins

Tractor and farm equipment maker Buhler Industries has added financing from its majority owner to a regime of cost cuts in a bid to lift its quarterly results out of the red. Citing “depressed” sales due to “weak” commodity prices, the Winnipeg company on Thursday booked a net loss of $4.4 million on $57.3 million […] Read more