NAEDA Attends Agribusiness Tour With Congressional Staffers
On August 26-28, Natalie Higgins, VP of Government Relations, attended a three day Agribusiness Tour, sponsored in part by NAEDA. The tour was attended by nearly a dozen congressional staffers. Tour participants enjoyed a broad educational experience touring various facilities across the states of Missouri and Illinois including an organic community farm, a Monsanto research facility, a working dairy farm, a local winery, a Mississippi River Lock and Dam, a pork farm and a grain elevator.
This opportunity gave time for Natalie to discuss NAEDA’s legislative and regulatory priorities with the congressional staffers. There are plans to follow-up with those staffers while Natalie is in DC when congress returns from their summer recession after Labor Day.
Check out Natalie’s experience on NAEDA’s Facebook page! To view more photographs and updates from the Agribusiness Tour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, search #agmazing500.
NAEDA Files Comments On DOL’s Proposed FLSA Salary Requirements
On September 1, 2015, NAEDA filed its Comments with the Department of Labor on the Department’s proposed salary increase for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. NAEDA developed its Comments with the assistance of several dealer members. The Comments highlight the inequitable effect that the proposed rule would have on equipment dealers across the country, if adopted. A full copy of the Comments filed by NAEDA can be found here.
NAEDA's first national election
The polling period for NAEDA’s first national election is over and we are extremely pleased with the level of participation. Thank you for taking the time to cast your vote as it is greatly appreciated! We are currently tabulating the results and anticipate announcing the winners by the end of the week.
The voting process did present some challenges. Most importantly, it exposed a need to enhance our member database as we discovered incorrect contact names and/or email addresses. NAEDA staff worked directly with members and regional association executives to address each situation individually and as a result, every member who expressed an interest in voting should have been able to cast a vote.
Regardless of the challenges encountered with this first effort, we remain confident in the results. We utilized every means possible to promote the election and each ballot was individually checked to confirm its validity. Every effort was taken to ensure the sanctity of this year’s election and each opportunity to improve the process for next year’s election will be implemented.
Again, thank you for participating in NAEDA’s first national election and thank you for being a valued member of NAEDA!
NAEDA Nominating Committee
|Blaine Bingham, Chair
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WOTUS Conflict Hits Boiling Point
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will implement the waters of the United States rule in the states not part of an injunction granted Thursday by a North Dakota court. American Farm Bureau Federation legal counsel believes the ruling applies nationally. DTN/Progressive Farmer
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