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House votes to overhaul federal reg process
The House on Thursday approved legislation that would force federal agencies to be more transparent about pending regulations, and make them choose regulatory alternatives that impose the smallest cost possible on companies.
The Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act, or the ALERRT Act, is the GOP's latest attempt to limit the impact of federal rules on the private sector. Republicans say the explosion of regulations is the chief culprit behind the lackluster job growth around the country, a message the GOP appears likely to repeat up until the November midterm elections.
The GOP found scant support among Democrats for the idea, with just 10 Democrats supporting the bill in the 236-179 vote. The Senate is unlikely to consider it, and on Tuesday the Obama administration threatened to veto the bill.
Source: The Hill
Vilsack urges EPA caution in revising RFS
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the nation's ethanol producers that he's reached out to EPA chief Gina McCarthy and White House officials to make sure they understand the importance of their industry before going through with plans to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
The EPA in November issued a proposal to lower the RFS requirement for 2014 by 16 percent, from the initial congressional mandate of 18.15 gallons of ethanol and biodiesel for blending into gasoline to 15.21 billion gallons. The plan is now undergoing interagency review at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Vilsack said he's asked McCarthy to carefully review the 15,000 comments the proposal has generated from stakeholders and the public, many of which argue that corn-based ethanol has lowered the cost of gasoline, is good for the environment, reduces the country's dependence on foreign energy, and helps create jobs.
Industry & Manufacturing News
Hog prices take off, probably due to PED-V
How large are the losses of baby pigs due to PED-V (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus) and how will the losses reduce slaughter supplies this spring and summer and for the rest of 2014? No one knows the correct answer, but lean hog futures market participants seem to have decided that the losses will be very large for slaughter supplies this spring and summer. In the past two weeks, April lean hog futures have risen by $10.68 and June futures have risen by $6.10 to record highs.
NAEDA, Association & Program Partner News
The GHS deadline has passed. What now?
OSHA required all employees to be trained on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) by December 1, 2013.
There will be additional requirements over the next two years as the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is fully implemented.
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.
When faced with a disaster, the EDF has been able to step in and help. The EDF has financially aided a number of dealers and dealer employees, thanks to the generous support of dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and affiliated associations.
The purpose is not to replace insurance coverage or the entire business economics; rather, the efforts through “bridge grants” of up to $2,500 help put food on the table, replace toothbrushes and toothpaste, put gas in the vehicle and generally help individuals get their everyday routine back as quickly as possible. To date, the EDF has provided more than $200,000 to assist disaster victims.
In 2012 and 2013, EDF has offered a matching scholarship program in conjunction with dealers and affiliate associations, with the goal of helping dealers train the next generation of employees. These scholarships, coupled with the other matching grants of the sponsoring dealer and affiliate associations, were used to help students interested in the equipment industry attend schools and receive training so they can be a part of our industry after graduation. To date, 145 matching scholarships have been awarded to students.
Now is where you can help. In order for EDF to assist when disaster strikes again—and it will—and to help do research and provide important industry data and education, and provide scholarships to students excited about our industry, we need your continued support. Please consider a generous donation to the NAEDA EDF as we close out the year.
Please visit our website at https://www.naeda.com/SupportEDF/EDFFoundationOnlinePayment.aspx to contribute online.
Tip of the Month
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From the NAEDA Office
Are Drones in Your Future?
Unmanned aerial vehicles could become a profitable revenue source for equipment dealers.
As more progressive farming operations have grasped new technologies to make producing the nation’s and world’s food supply more efficient, progressive equipment dealers and the companies they represent have strived to keep pace with the advancements in agricultural technology. GPS, precision agriculture and more recently, coordination by telematics, comprise the current generations of technological applications that most dealers are and have been assisting customers with for years.
Many dealerships have or are planning to establish departments within the dealership to provide consulting services, expertise and training for the sales and support of precision farming products. Finding and maintaining a qualified management, sales and service team has always been a challenge for dealers. Adding a qualified consulting team with backgrounds in agronomy, fertilizer, seed, chemical, etc., will be of equal challenge for many dealers.
That brings us to the next major advancement in precision agriculture, and specifically, what will the equipment dealer’s role be, if any. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV s), or drones, are replacing more expensive manned aircraft to provide aerial imagery of farm fields. This high-quality imagery is used to provide a real-time assessment of current problems as they occur during the growing season.
While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently prohibits the commercial use of UAV s, the agency is in the process of developing rules for commercial use. However, researchers and agricultural companies are gearing up to test UAV s and to develop applications for farmers. It is pretty clear to see the advantages UAV s can and ultimately will play in crop production. The economic potential for agriculture is too great for it not to take hold.
With this growing interest in how drones can be valuable new tools in agriculture, the FAA has selected six public entities that will develop and conduct unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research through test sites around the country. These congressionally mandated test sites will conduct critical research into the requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several years. The selected sites include the University of Alaska, the state of Nevada, New York’s Griffiss International Airport, North Dakota’s Department of Commerce, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
According to an article in Farm Industry News, “UAV s can obtain a vast array of aerial data by flying over farm fields, and the type of data they collect depends on the camera system the UAV is carrying. Most UAVs carry consumer-grade cameras that collect high-resolution still images and video when flying over a field. The user then views the images or footage once the UAV surveys a field to identify abnormal spots that may need to be visited for problems related to nutrients, pests, weeds, moisture or other issues. The benefit lies in being able to scout your fields faster by quickly identifying the problem spots rather than walking a whole field on foot.”
Will equipment dealers have a place in the marketing, sale and servicing of UAVs? Will the equipment manufacturers develop a stake in the distribution? If so, this potentially could be a significant revenue generator for the equipment dealer who has and will provide value-added consulting services and products for their customers. In fact, one NAE DA member, Riesterer & Schnell, a multi-store dealership in Wisconsin, is taking that step into the future. The dealership will begin offering the helicopter-style drones (hexacopters) for sale to agriculture customers through their retail locations.
This proposition is probably not as far-fetched as it may sound. While these types of services have traditionally been provided by farm service and custom application businesses, shouldn’t the dealer of the future be looking at these opportunities? Without question, UAV s could become a complement to the current and future products and services dealers can use to provide to remain a viable partner with their customers.
Maybe robots are next?
JOE DYKES is director of Member Services for the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA).
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