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Leah Olson, President of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC), participated in a constructive roundtable discussion regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade, David Lametti on January 21st in Regina.
The meeting in Regina was part of a series of national consultations. Olson welcomed the discussion, which explored issues that are important to short line agricultural equipment manufacturers and their success here at home and on the global stage.
At the meeting, Olson stated the TPP holds a great deal of potential for farmers and agricultural equipment manufacturers alike. She also lauded the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).
The U.S. heavy equipment distribution industry loses at least $2.4 billion each year as a result of dealers’ inability to find and retain technically skilled workers. The figure, based on an estimated nine percent of earnings foregone by American dealerships represented by AED, was included in a report released on Jan. 20 by The AED Foundation (AEDF).
The foundation, established in 1991 and directed by AED members, focuses on professional education and workforce development issues specific to the equipment distribution industry. AEDF commissioned a team of public policy researchers from the College of William and Mary to analyze the industry’s technician shortage based on a summer 2015 survey of AED’s members in North America.
“This report provides a window into the current state of our industry’s workforce,” AED President & CEO Brian McGuire said. “Distributors have known for far too long that finding the right people is tough and it’s getting tougher. A report like this tells policymakers this isn’t just an anecdotal or local problem, it’s a national crisis.”
EDA has always offered a legal hotline to Members as a preliminary resource for those with legal questions. For Members with more extensive legal needs, however, EDA’s General Counsel is now available for hire to advise members at steeply discounted hourly rates on a number of issues. Read more.
On March 1 - 4, 2016 EDA will co-host a Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C. with the Iowa/Nebraska and Minnesota/South Dakota Equipment Dealers Associations. During this must attend event, Dealers will enjoy several social outings, attend informative presentations on timely legislative issues and then take their message to the Hill. Dealers wanting to attend the event should contact Natilie Higgins at email@example.com. The schedule for the event can be read here.
President Obama delivered an expected veto on January 19th of a congressional resolution that would kill the administration's “Waters of the United States” rule redefining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. “Because this resolution seeks to block the progress represented by this rule and deny businesses and communities the regulatory certainty and clarity needed to invest in projects that rely on clean water, I cannot support it,” Obama said in his veto message.
Republicans were unable to muster veto-proof, two-thirds majorities in either the House and Senate, but GOP leaders believe the measure will serve to highlight election-year differences between the parties. The WOTUS rule took effect last August, but courts have put it on hold nationwide while legal challenges are considered. The White House blocked Republicans from using the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill to ensure that the rule couldn't be enforced if the courts lift the stay.
On January 7th through the 10th, hundreds of state government and provincial leaders, from the United States and Canada, gathered in Denver to discuss ongoing issues facing rural and agricultural regions. EDA’s VP of Government Relations, Natalie Higgins, participated in the three day event. The conference featured a day of agricultural touring where legislators visited a marijuana growing facility, a commercial bakery and a cheese manufacturer.
The legislators then enjoyed presentations and group discussions on multiple issues including state water quality efforts and innovations, farmland taxation developments, energy policy innovations, the anticipated effects of the Trans Pacific Partnership on the agricultural industry, the threat and development of avian flu, challenges in animal agriculture and much more.
EDA’s sponsorship of the event allowed many state and provincial officials to attend this educational conference, free of charge. Check out EDA’s Facebook page for photographs from the event.
AED has revamped and updated its DepreciationBonus.org site to include information about the recently-enacted Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act. Dealers are encouraged to visit the site to view the highlights of the legislation.
David Thomas, President of the Trade Benefits America Coalition –a broad-based group of more than 275 associations, businesses and agricultural groups, of which EDA is a member – issued the attached statement announcing the Coalition’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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Responses are quickly being returned for the EDA Dealer Manufacturer Relations Survey. Links to the on-line survey questionnaire were distributed to dealers via email on Monday, February 1st. Please check your email Inbox for the survey link from the Equipment Dealers Association. If you don't find the link in your Inbox please check your Junk and or Spam folders.
The purpose of the survey is to measure the level of satisfaction dealers have with their equipment manufacturers. Results from this survey are used as the basis for discussions with equipment manufacturers and by manufacturers to assess strengths and weakness in business operations and dealer relations.
The report contains important feedback and information about the relationship between dealers and their suppliers. Both the manufacturers and the dealers have found the data useful for improving product and service quality and promoting top-ranked products to consumers. Survey data will also be used to select the EDA Dealer's Choice Award which recognizes companies that have done an exemplary job in the key areas related to the dealer’s business operational model.
Please take time to participate in this valuable and important survey.
As a part of our ongoing effort to improve the value proposition for dealer members, the NAEDA Board of Directors recently decided to put Equipment Dealer magazine on a two- to three month hiatus while we work to expand the content and enhance the delivery of the publication. The “new and improved” magazine is a significant part of the associations’ ongoing communications initiative, which addresses our entire messaging platform – magazine, e-newsletter, web site, email and other key components.
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