NAEDA Newsletter
Friday, November 28, 2014 Helping Dealers Succeed!
NAEDA NEWS ALERT
Contact Congress NOW - Dealer Action Requested

As Congress returns to Washington for their lame duck session, we are asking dealers to take the time to contact their Representatives and Senators and or their staffs concerning our top priorities for the lame duck session. These same priorities will also be used for the start of the 2015 Congress.

If you have their telephone numbers and or email addresses, please make those calls or emails as soon as you can. The message is simple, just ask for them to support our top priorities as shown below:  Read More...

Industry & Manufacturing News
John Deere - Augusta facility produces one millionth tractor

John Deere has marked a manufacturing milestone with the completion of the one millionth tractor built at the John Deere - Augusta factory in Grovetown, GA. The millionth unit, a 5100M model, was recently on display at a commemorative ceremony at the local fairgrounds.  Read More...

Ag Bankers prepare for tough times

It was standing room only at the American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers conference here on Sunday to hear professor emeritus and ag banking consultant David Kohl. More than 750 attendees (the most in the past 15 years) from 27 states are registered for the three-day conference.  Read More...

AEM elects 2015 officers, new directors

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces its newly-elected 2015 officers, as well as directors elected at its recent annual meeting to the AEM Board of Directors and AG and CE Sector Boards.  Read More...

Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association elects three new directors

Saint Louis, Missouri—November 11, 2014 During the 64th Annual Fall Convention, November 3-7, in Las
Vegas, NV, the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association added three new directors to its board.  Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News
Tax break negotiations stall on Capitol Hill

Neither Republicans nor Democrats are quite ready to budge in negotiations over a slew of expired tax breaks, lawmakers and aides said last week.  Read More...

EPA chief surprised by resistance to water rule

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthy said she was surprised by the way that opponents attacked her agency’s attempt to redefine its jurisdiction over waterways.  Read More...

Ag Pushes Tax Extenders Bill

Groom, Texas, farmer Mike Friemel said he knows he took a risk in buying six new tractors for his Texas Panhandle farm that produces corn, cotton, wheat and milo. He told reporters Tuesday, however, it was an investment he had to make -- even with the future of an important tax provision in question.  Read More...

GOP Picks Conaway as House Ag Chairman

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- The House Republican Steering Committee on Tuesday selected Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, as the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the next Congress.

"I am humbled and honored to be selected as the 50th chairman of the storied House Committee on Agriculture," Conaway said in a news release.  Read More...

Notice of Delay in Issuing 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program

EPA is announcing that the Agency will not be finalizing 2014 applicable percentage standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program before the end of 2014.  Read More...

Biz groups brace for deluge of regulations

Business groups are bracing for an onslaught of regulations, with the Obama administration bent on completing a host of the president’s unfinished policy goals and the midterm elections now in the rearview mirror.   Read More...


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Canada leading agriculture exporter, report

Canada is the world’s top agricultural trader compared to all other countries on a per capita basis, according to Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) annual report on global trade.  Read More...

Canadian governments need to fight growing income inequality, study warns

Canadian policy makers will have to consciously “lean against” income inequality to avert following the United States down the path of widening disparities, a bank study to be released Monday says.  Read More...

Tories capture both federal byelections, including key Whitby-Oshawa race

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives have narrowly retained the late Jim Flaherty's suburban Toronto seat and easily hung on to another riding in their Alberta stronghold.  Read More...

Prairie agriculture industry faces a growing shortage of good help

There was a time on Prairie farms when having large families was about more than long, cold winters, no television and abstinence as the only reliable form of birth control. Children have historically been an important source of labour on the farm, enlisted from an early age to help out with the multiple tasks that went into day-to-day operations. And when those kids grew up, those who left the farm often went on to fill jobs in the agricultural service sector, working in grain-handling and marketing, financial services, meat processing, or in fertilizer, herbicide or livestock supply.  Read More...

Statistics Canada Study: Agriculture in Canada

Canada has more than 50.5 million hectares of agricultural land classified as dependable agricultural land—areas deemed suitable for long-term cultivation. From 2001 to 2011, farm area located on dependable agricultural land declined by 969 802 hectares (-2.6%), according to "Agriculture in Canada," a new study in Human Activity and the Environment.  Read More...

Bill C-18 has captivated agricultural organizations n International Year of the Family Farm

The introduction of the omnibus Bill C-18 by the Stephen Harper government raised the level of debate to a clamour. As with all omnibus bills brought in by this government, its amendments to already existing acts carried a number of political and ideological flashpoints with a variety of organizations.  Read More...

COOL regulations face uncertain future south of border

Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico. Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack said the United States is running out of options for the meat labels, which are required under a 2008 law.  Read More...

PM Harper unveils $5.8B in spending for infrastructure

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a $5.8-billion menu of federal infrastructure improvements.  The funding, Harper said, would go to projects expected to create jobs and deliver quick results, most of it over the next three years. The bulk of the spending—$2.8 billion—would go to improvements to historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.  Read More...


NAEDA, Association & Program Partner News
October’s wild volatility mellows into November upswing

The robust NAEDA Stock Index surged 71.08 points, or 7.15 percent, and closed at 1065.09. Advancing issues flew past declining issues at an 18-to-3 count.  Read More...

Resolving Disputed Credit Card Transactions

Most of the time transactions move smoothly through the system, and are processed with few problems. Occasionally you will be required to provide additional information about a transaction in order to resolve a dispute. The card associations have procedures in place to facilitate the timely resolution of disputes. Your part in this process is very important.

Basically there are 2 items that will signal a cardholder dispute:

1.  Retrieval Request

2.  Chargeback  Read More...

Consider a contribution to NAEDA's Equipment Dealers Foundation

NAEDA’s Equipment Dealers Foundation (EDF) was created to provide grants to meet the industry’s need for training resources, career advancements and scholarships.  Through the years, the EDF has expanded its efforts to help dealership employees affected by natural disasters.  Moving forward, your support is needed for research, grants and scholarships to continue to enhance our industry.  Read More...

Tip of the Month

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Tip of the Month:  The Holidays are Coming; is your HR Team Prepared?

The holidays are a time of appreciation, completion, and celebration at your dealership. However as an employer or HR representative, there are still some important aspects to be considered in an effort to avoid liability. Innocuous things such as decorations, parties, and individual accommodations are just some of the things you should consider for you holiday season to go off without a hitch.

When contemplating decorations, consider the variety of beliefs that you may house at your dealership. As an employer, you cannot unintentionally treat employees with diverse religious beliefs differently. That being said, remember to be cautious with your decorations. While holiday decorations are permitted in the work place, all individuals and their respective religions must be considered when decorating. The EEOC has noted that the US Supreme Court has determined that wreaths and Christmas trees are secular items, i.e., they do not have religious or spiritual basis. The best practice for your dealership is to be sensitive to your employees and to avoid showing preference or support to one religion over another. So, if you put up a tree, be mindful that you may want to include a menorah and recognize Kwanza, or just keep things simple with an easy winter theme.

The end of the year and holiday season is often celebrated with a company party. But Holiday parties create risk for your dealership as well if they aren’t properly conducted. When planning your holiday party, avoid religious undertones. Be certain to note that employee attendance is voluntary, or you may be responsible for paying for your employee’s time while they’re at the party. If any problems do arise from your Holiday party, make every attempt to address them immediately. A consistent and efficient response to issues that may arise is important in terms of documentation when considering liability.

According to the Civil Rights Act, employers must reasonably accommodate employees’ religious observances, practices, and beliefs as long as it does not cause any undue hardship for the company. This doesn’t just apply to highly common holiday dates. An employee’s religious beliefs do not have to be part of a large religious faith to be recognized. When denying an employee’s religious accommodations, it must be due to the fact (and be very clear) that the accommodation requires unusual administrative costs, diminishes efficiency to other employee’s jobs, or infringes upon other employees’ job rights or benefits.

Want to learn more about holiday preparation? Contact hrm@kpaonline.com for more information.

 

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The Current Drop In Farm Equipment Sales
NAEDA responds to AEM Advisor News.

In the Oct. 13 issue of AEM’s Advisor News, Charlie O’Brien, AEM senior vice president and ag sector lead, discussed “10 reasons not to panic about the current drop in farm equipment sales.” While I do agree with many of his observations and reasons, I feel a need to respond from the dealer’s point of view.  Read More...


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