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Dealers look over new combines during a product launch in the U.S. Will Trump’s trade policies force them to charge farmers even more for new equipment?

Trumping it out

Will a protectionist administration in the White House force our ag equipment industry to move south?

Reading Time: 6 minutes It was a stunning move. Ford’s CEO and president Mark Fields appeared on CNN in January to announce that his company was scrubbing its long-planned construction of a US$1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico. Instead, Ford will invest U.S.$700 million in a Michigan facility and boost its workforce in that state by 700. It looked […] Read more

AGCO bets big on China

While the war of words heats up between Beijing and Washington, AGCO is becoming a major player in the Chinese economy

Reading Time: 6 minutes One of the world’s largest farm equipment manufacturers is predicting a bright future in China, and it is putting its money behind that belief. AGCO, parent company of well-known brands Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Valtra, GSI, and Challenger, has opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Changzhou to serve both its international needs and what it […] Read more


In an unusual move, AGCO president and CEO chose to introduce new Challenger tractors to stock market investors rather than at an agricultural event.

Bad news for ag’s Big 3 farm equipment manufacturers

With three-quarters of machinery makers already planning lay-offs, Brexit’s damage to the EU is creating more worry

Reading Time: 4 minutes On the eve of Britain’s June 23 vote, I was in Hungary eating supper with a group of journalists including a freelancer who is also part of a family farm operation in England. She was the one to correctly predict the “leave” victory. That farmers would vote to leave the EU was astonishing to me. […] Read more

Robert Ciecko, vice-president of Hesston manufacturing, discusses the assembly procedure for these Massey Ferguson swathers while guiding journalists through the hay tool and combine assembly plant.

The four Ms get down to work

AGCO’s Robert Ciecko shares his strategy for winning with lean manufacturing in agriculture

Reading Time: 5 minutes While touring the assembly lines at AGCO’s huge combine and hay-tool plant at Hesston, Kansas, I admit I stopped counting how many workers were greeted by name by Robert Ciecko as he guided our group. But I didn’t stop being impressed by how, at virtually every station, waves came from the workers, or at least […] Read more


James Moore, federal industry minister, visits an auto manufacturing plant during the government’s efforts to promote CETA, the details of which were negotiated in secret.

Secret deals for agricultural equipment regulations

Free trade with the EU is supposed to offer a chance to standardize ag equipment regulations, but the talks are behind closed doors, and the industry is getting worried

Reading Time: 5 minutes During Agritechnica 2013 in Hannover, Germany, I was invited to an informal dinner with some representatives of DLG, the German Agricultural Society, which organizes the show. I ended up sitting next to DLG’s agricultural economist, so it was a perfect opportunity to discuss a variety of topics affecting farmers on both sides of the Atlantic. […] Read more