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Industry & Manufacturing News
US corn exports to China dry up

China's tougher stance on imports of genetically engineered corn is roiling U.S. agribusiness, largely halting trade in the biggest U.S. crop in its fastest growing market. By one industry estimate, exports are down by 85% compared with last year.  Read More...

NAEDA Industry Relations Taskforce meeting

NAEDA’s Industry Relations Task Force will meet with John Deere on May 29. Dealers are encouraged to contact a member of the IRTF or their affiliate association with any issues they might have prior to that meeting.   

NAEDA's IRTF members can be found on our Web site at:  

Creating a New and Improved NAEDA
Volunteers Wanted

In September 2013, NAEDA’s leadership amended the association’s bylaws as the first step in creating a new structure/brand that will enhance the value proposition for NAEDA members. The ensuing changes are intended to provide:

  • Greater visibility for the association and industry;
  • A stronger, united voice for the dealers;
  • Increased focus on the three most important issues facing the industry - manufacturer relations, government relations, and regulatory compliance;
  • Enhanced communications;
  • Transparent processes and procedures; and
  • A leaner governance structure capable of reacting more quickly to the ever-changing needs and opportunities within the industry.

In early March 2014, a group of members and staff gathered in Phoenix, AZ to discuss the necessary changes and processes for implementation.  Read More...

Truckload rate quotes available through PartnerShip

PartnerShip®, the company that manages the NAEDA Shipping Program, offers competitive rates on full and partial truckload shipments to all NAEDA members! PartnerShip has created relationships with dozens of national and regional truckload carriers to help you save time and money. Even when your freight shipment is a full or partial truckload, requires specialized equipment, or is being exported or imported - PartnerShip has the connections to help you with a solution.  Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News
Record number of federal regulations on the books
As reported in the Wall Street Journal

Anyone wondering why the U.S. economy can't seem to grow at its usual pace should examine one product category where production is booming: federal regulation.  Washington set a new record in 2013 by issuing final rules consuming 26,417 pages in the Federal Register.


Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone

A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  Read More...

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces progress on 2014 Farm Bill implementation

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced significant progress on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed into law on February 7. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and helps grow the economy.  Read More...

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers clarify protection for Nation’s streams and wetlands

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule.  Read More...

Canadian News
NAEDA, Association & Program Partner News
The AED Foundation Financial Symposium May 8-9, 2014 - Burr Ridge, Ill.

NAEDA members are invited to send their CFOs to a conference designed justs for the financial professionals of equipment distribution companies.  The AED Foundation Financial Symposium will be held on May 8-9 in Burr Ridge, Ill.  AED is pleased to offer you its reduced AED-member tuition of $895; a $400 discount.  Read More...

FMLA: How and when you can use it

Most often, when your employees are sick or life takes its toll, taking paid time off is adequate; however, there are times when  employees needs to take extensive time off for more serious issues. This is when the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) comes into play. FMLA took effect in 1993, in an effort to balance work and life with medical needs.  FMLA includes many regulations and provisions, which can make it hard to understand. The following simple information can help you begin to understand FMLA.  Read More...

SouthWestern Association CEO honored at OSUIT
 A plaque honoring retiring SouthWestern Association CEO Jeff Flora was unveiled Saturday, April 12 during a dedication ceremony on the OSU Institute of Technology campus.

The plaque, now part of OSUIT’s Walk of Fame, is in recognition and appreciation for Flora’s longstanding commitment to the university’s SouthWestern Association Industrial and Farm Equipment program, which he helped establish on the Okmulgee campus in 2003.


How does safety culture affect your dealership?

Without a successful safety culture, it is difficult for dealerships to be profitable. Accidents and injuries increase costs dealership wide, affecting insurance rates, employee retention, and more. But before you can implement a successful safety culture, you have to know what it is.  Read More...

Federated Insurance Designated Risk Manager Training Seminar

Companies most successful at controlling losses have designated a key person as their risk manager.  This person is supported by top management and is both responsible and accountable for identifying loss exposures and implementing risk management solutions.  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


Tip of the Month: How to Create More Content

Sometimes, coming up with new content every day, week, or month can be difficult. To start the wheels turning, consider brainstorming with your colleagues.

You may have already addressed every question and topic that your customers have thrown at you, but what have your colleagues experienced? Ask them what their customers are interested in and inquiring about and document it on your blog. These ideas will create new content for you, and may lead to inspiration for other topics.

Do you need help creating content for your sites? Contact

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Creating a New and Improved NAEDA
Phoenix workshop identifies priorities as NAEDA moves toward a new structure and brand

     If you don't like change, your’re going to like irrelevance even less.” This 2003 quote from General EricShinseki, chief of staff, U.S. Army, exemplifies the spirit of NAEDA’s leadership when they amended the association’s bylaws in September 2013. Let’s work together to embrace and initiate change within the association rather than wait and react to external changes.  Read More...

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