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NAEDA policy is written and adopted by the board of directors to provide dealers with information about the association's official position in various areas.

 

NAEDA supports the rights of dealers as independent entrepreneurs:

  • to choose the most appropriate mix of suppliers and products that best serves the needs of their customers and markets,
  • to align with manufacturers and suppliers that are consistent and reliable, and
  • to apply sound business and economic criteria in the operation of their businesses.

We further believe manufacturers and dealers should adhere to all applicable state, provincial and federal laws.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 27, 2007.

NAEDA believes the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) from which a dealer purchases a completed, final product should bear the ultimate responsibility for all warranty claims on the product and its component parts.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 27, 2007.

NAEDA supports efforts to enhance consumer financial protection that provides safeguards against fraudulent organizations and their predatory products, services and activities. NAEDA supports efforts to ensure consumer access to clear and concise information about the terms and conditions of products and the risks they pose.

NAEDA opposes legislation that weakens consumer protection by allowing government to dictate the financial products that can be chosen. It also opposes any legislation that adds layers of government bureaucracy, imposes new costs to taxpayers, consumers and businesses, or threatens the privacy of personal financial information.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 25, 2009.

NAEDA supports a comprehensive reform of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would:

  • incorporate better science and peer review in making ESA decisions,
  • encourage continued discussions and coordination among the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other federal and state agencies, and
  • seek clarification that under "the citizen suit provisions of the statute" individuals whose socioeconomic interest are harmed by an ESA action would have the same standing to challenge that action as environmental groups.

NAEDA also supports reform of the ESA that would:

  • allow species protection efforts to be compatible with landowner rights,
  • pay compensation for loss and use of property when property and use are seized under the ESA, and
  • allow the delisting of species based on subspecies, distinct populations, or "isolated populations" of species that are plentiful in other areas of the United States or other countries.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 10-12, 2005.

NAEDA supports the development of a national energy policy that defines the energy needs of the nation, what measures should be undertaken for new energy sources and exploration, and how the nation’s energy needs can be met in a manner that is consistent with the use of natural resources, protection of the environment, sound land use and the welfare of the people. To help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources, a comprehensive energy policy should:

  • promote conservation of all fuels,
  • encourage universities and other institutions and organizations to conduct research on and provide education programs about energy, and
  • encourage the development of alternative fuels, renewable fuels and next-generation technologies for wind, biomass, coal and nuclear fuels.

NAEDA also supports the 25x’25 Coalition efforts to require 25 percent of all fuel used in the U.S. be derived from renewable sources by the year 2025.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Washington, D.C., March 8-10, 2007. Policy amended March 2010, March 2015.

NAEDA supports efforts to secure federal legislation for a national equipment registration system. Such registration system is needed because of the importance manufacturers place on market share and the lack of accuracy in determining market share using the current system. The industry also needs a mechanism to track equipment for environmental, insurance, theft, and warranty issues. Alternatively, NAEDA should consider developing its own market share statistics for dealers.

This policy language was amended by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 12, 2009.

NAEDA supports farm programs and the continuation of the provisions and funding protocols outlined in the current bill legislation until its expiration. NAEDA supports this legislation and regulations that:

  • provides for planting flexibility
  • provides a safety net for producers and considers extreme weather conditions and trade related issues
  • balances the needs of conservation and the needs of land used for production
  • considers trade issues
  • supports education and research efforts
  • provides for rural development activities to include agricultural credit, beginning farmer programs and value-added programs for a renewable bio-economy
  • provides for educational programs to assist dealers to hire and retain quality employees in the agriculture and outdoor power equipment industries

NAEDA further supports the formation of and membership in coalitions to enhance the objectives of the association as Congress begins discussions related to the next farm bill.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Washington, D.C., March 8-10, 2007. Policy amended March 2010, March 2015.

NAEDA supports legislation that would 1) regulate fast tractors – defined as any factory built tractor with the capability to exceed 25 miles per hour on public roadways – and 2) include the following requirements:

  1. A fast tractor operator must have a valid driver’s or commercial license.
  2. No driver’s or commercial license would be required to operate a fast tractor on public roadways if the tractor’s speed does NOT exceed 25 miles per hour.
  3. When towing any farm machinery or implement of husbandry, individually or in combination, tractor/towing speed cannot exceed the speed designated on the Speed Indication Symbol (SIS) of the slowest unit. If no SIS is on the unit(s), speed is controlled by safe operation not to exceed 25 miles per hour.
  4. Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem(s) should be displayed.
  5. Tractor should be equipped with ASAE recommended lighting.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Washington, D.C., March 8-10, 2007.

NAEDA adopted the association’s mission statement, “Committed to building the best business environment for North American equipment dealers,” and motto, “Helping Dealers Succeed,” to direct NAEDA in its actions where no specific policy exists.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 25, 2009.

NAEDA supports the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). NAEDA also supports an amendment to the Affordable Care Act that would define a "full-time" worker as a worker who works a 40 hour work week.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Washington, D.C., March 8-10, 2007. Policy amended March 2010, March 2015.

NAEDA supports a guest worker program that would provide labor for U.S. agriculture. Such a program should allow for daily commuters as well as housed workers where commuting is not practical. Guest workers are critical to maintaining a safe, reliable and economical food supply in the United States.

NAEDA further supports an immigration policy that supports the needs of businesses and customers of OPE dealers.

This policy language was amended by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 14, 2008.

NAEDA supports long-standing principles of balance and fairness in federal and state labor laws. Legislation considered an assault on the rights of employees and employers or a threat to constructive dialogue and agreement between employees and employers will be opposed by NAEDA.

For the purposes of this policy, card check (U.S.) or automatic certification (Canada), ambush elections and in the Affordable Care Act a definitions of 30 hours for full-time workers are representative examples of the types of labor issues NAEDA would oppose.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 25, 2009. Policy amended March 2010, March 2015.

NAEDA supports a dealer's right to carry competing product lines.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 27, 2007.

NAEDA supports OSHA reform measures that would allow greater adjudicative flexibility when OSHA issues a citation or assessment of a penalty.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 15, 2005.

NAEDA supports legislation that would prohibit federal, state, provincial, or local economic development assistance for any entity that uses the power of eminent domain:

  • to obtain property for private commercial development
  • or fails to pay relocation costs to persons displaced by the use of the power of eminent domain for economic development purposes

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 15, 2005. Policy amended March 2010.

All equipment and inventory financed or refinanced by Secured Party for Debtor that has not been paid off in full by Debtor (the "Financed Equipment and Inventory"); all accounts, chattel paper, inventory, equipment, instruments, investment property, documents, deposit accounts, letter of credit rights, general intangibles, and cash relating to an item of Financed Equipment and Inventory; together with all present and future attachments, additions, accessories, accessions, spare parts, replacements, substitutions, exchanges, trade-ins, repossessions, and returns relating to an item of Financed Equipment and Inventory; insurance payable by reason of loss or damage to the Financed Equipment and Inventory; and all cash and non-cash proceeds of all of the foregoing, including, without limitation, proceeds in the form of goods, future accounts, cash, accounts receivable, other receivables, rental contracts, contract rights, issues, profits, rents, chattel paper, documents, instruments, insurance payable and/or general intangibles related to the Financed Equipment and Inventory.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 29-30, 2005.

NAEDA supports regulatory reform by Congress that would restore checks and balances to the regulatory process. We support increased public participation in the rulemaking process; restricting agencies' use of interim final regulations; providing for a more rigorous test as to the cost of the regulations; and requiring agencies to choose the least costly regulatory option unless the agency can prove a need to protect public health, safety or welfare. We also support regulatory reform legislation that would require regulators to consider impacts and costs of their rules on small businesses before they can be adopted.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 5, 2015.

NAEDA supports “sales tax legislation” that would allow states to require online retailers to collect sales tax on all transactions. Dealers believe there is unfair competition from entities that don’t have to pay the sales tax when parts or other pieces of equipment are ordered and shipped into their territory from someone operating from an Internet site. Passage of this legislation, commonly called “The Market Street Fairness Act” would level the “playing field” in the market place.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 5, 2015.

NAEDA supports taxation policy that provides a tax credit to dealership employed journeyman technicians for tool purchases that are essential to their employment.

This policy language was amended by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 12, 2009.

NAEDA supports tax reform efforts. Our policy positions are as follows:Repeal the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax and allow for a step-up in basis at the time of death.

  • Increase the gift tax exemption amount.
  • Make permanent the bonus depreciation and Section 179 provisions made available in the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (TIPA) signed by the president on December 19, 2014. The legislation increased the maximum amount and phase-out threshold of Section 179 to the levels of $500,000 and $2 million respectively. The legislation also allowed bonus depreciation where taxpayers could claim an additional first-year depreciation deduction equal to 50% of the cost of certain qualified property placed in service during the year.
  • Change the farm and ranch equipment assigned class life to five years from 7 years for depreciation purposes. This will match the same assigned class life of construction equipment.
  • Modify the current MACRS depreciation schedules for equipment dealer buildings and their contents to accurately reflect actual lifetime usage rates and specialty uses to match the industry’s needs.
  • Do not repeal Last-In, First-Out (LIFO) accounting.
  • Delete IRC Section 263A of the IRS Code method that requires businesses to capitalize certain costs, such as labor, handling, purchasing and storage of inventory products, if the business has more than $10 million in annual sales. Our compromise position would be to raise the threshold from $10 million to allow for inflation.
  • Ensure tax reform has a balanced approach to taxation through fair and reasonable personal and corporate rates, and doesn’t penalize pass-through entities with double taxation.

This policy language was amended by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 14, 2008. Policy amended March 2015

NAEDA supports the efforts of individuals, associations, insurance companies and others to solve the increasing problem of cost and availability of liability insurance coverage. These efforts should protect businesses, property, landowners and tenants from frivolous liability claims, medical malpractice claims, and place limitations on attorneys’ contingency fees. New legislation also should modify current law to encourage that liability litigation be filed and commence in the jurisdiction where a service or product is provided or in a plaintiff’s official domicile.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 10-12, 2005.

NAEDA supports public policy that calls for an “understanding” that farm and ranch equipment do not use public roadways in the same manner or with the frequency of the trucking industry and should not be held to the same height, length and weight restrictions. Any legislation or regulation should consider that:

  • This equipment is designed and manufactured to have the least impact possible on the soil where crops are grown, use on public roads is simply a way to get from the dealer to the farm and from one field to the next a few times each year.
  • The axle configuration of a farm tractor and the equipment it tows, has nothing in common with the typical semi-tractor trailer rig. Formulas designed to regulate the over the road trucking industry, if applied to farm equipment, would force farmers to turn their backs on the advancements in modern, more efficient equipment, making them less productive.
  • If states and counties have issue with damage being done to roadways by agricultural related industries, they should focus their attention on equipment that has been overloaded - often modified by the end user to carry loads never intended by the manufacturer.
  • Manure tanks and grain carts can be loaded “less than full” when road condition require. It is very difficult to change the total weight of a tractor pulling tillage / planting equipment down the road a few miles to the next field. NAEDA supports a carve-out for such equipment from the axle formulas in favor of a gross weight limit for the tractor and equipment being towed.
  • Permits, if required, should be issued on an annual basis for equipment dealers for all equipment movements from a dealership to a farm, a farm to a dealership or from one dealership to another dealership or repair facility, auction house or other facility during daylight hours. 

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 5, 2015.

NAEDA supports federal legislation to protect agricultural producers by requiring the U.S. secretary of agriculture to evaluate, test and approve test results of high-horsepower tractors (100 horsepower and greater) sold into the U.S. market. The legislation should ensure that such tractors meet manufacturer claims regarding power, fuel efficiency and performance prior to their sale.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Washington, D.C., March 8-10, 2007.

NAEDA supports the renewal of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and support for other trade agreements by the administration and Congress that removes government policies and rules that inhibit trade.

NAEDA supports mitigating the impact of COOL on free trade with Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 10-12, 2005. Policy amended March 2010, March 2015.

In a report on the state of America's transportation infrastructure, 2013 Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges and Transit: Conditions and Performance, U.S. Department of Transportation confirms that more investment is needed to maintain and improve the nation's highway and transit systems. The report, based on 2010 data, estimates all levels of government would need to spend between $123.7 billion and $145.9 billion per year to both maintain and improve the condition of roads and bridges alone. The report also indicates that as much as $24.5 billion is needed per year to improve the condition of transit rail and bus systems. A temporary patch to highway funding was approved in July 2014 that will last until May 2015. 

NAEDA supports the passage of a permanent funding mechanism for transportation infrastructure upgrades.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 5, 2015.

NAEDA supports voluntary arbitration.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Whistler, British Columbia, September 18-20, 2003.

Depleting water resources may be the most significant challenge global agriculture will face in future decades. NAEDA supported passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that re-authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ability to support the nation's ports and waterways infrastructure needs, as well as flood protection and environmental restorations. Funding of this important piece of legislation should be a top priority of Congress.

NAEDA is opposed to USEPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ definition of “Waters of the U.S.” defining which additional waters would require protection under the Clean Water Act. EPA and the Corps’ efforts have been criticized by numerous organizations in the agriculture community as overly broad and far-reaching. This raises dealer concerns on how this new proposed rule will affect future equipment purchases if the rule limits or restricts farm and ranch land use. 

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 5, 2015.