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NAEDA Policies - U.S.

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 2008 farm bill and the continuation of the provisions and funding protocols outlined in the legislation until its expiration in 2012.

For the next farm bill, NAEDA supports legislation 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.

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 legislation that will encourage competition in the establishment of credit card interchange fees. The legislation could contain provisions to have a regulator set prices similar to regulation of a public utility or provide a mechanism to balance the market power and ensure a competitive market-based outcome.

NAEDA further supports debit card transaction fees at par with paper check processing fees.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 26, 2008. Policy amended March 2010.

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 effort to work for passage of legislation that would require 25 percent of all fuel used in the U.S. be derived from renewable sources by the year 2025. A key to the success of this project is to maintain an Energy Title in the 2012 farm bill that supports biofuels, research to accomplish the coalition’s goal, and incentives to make biofuels a commercially viable source of fuel.

NAEDA also supports responsible research on alternative and renewable fuels that deomonstrate the potential impacts to older equipment engines and their components at varying levels of usage in fuels.

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 2011.

NAEDA encourages Congress to make the increased expensing levels under Section 179 permanent and change the IRS Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) depreciation rate on farm equipment to a five-year depreciation schedule from the current seven-year schedule.

NAEDA also supports changing the MACRS depreciation rate on special use building construction, installed equipment and other equipment to better reflect the useful life of those assets and the changing nature of farm and ranch equipment.

This policy language was first adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in Washington, D.C., March 8-10, 2007 and amended at the St. Louis board meeting on September 26, 2008.

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 continued discussion with the Farm Credit System (an independent agency of the Farm Credit Administration) and other business groups about equipment financing, which may include legislative solutions to expand lending programs.

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

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 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) 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.

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 passage of Small Business Health Care Plans legislation and the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to permit individuals and small companies to receive the same price advantages that large corporations receive.

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.

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 the repeal of the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax. NAEDA further supports the continuation of a step up in basis at the time of death and increasing the gift tax exemption amount.

NAEDA also supports a tax system that has a balanced approach to taxation that includes fair and reasonable personal and corporate tax rates. This includes continuation of LIFO as an acceptable accounting method.

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

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 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 NAFTA by the administration and the removal of government policies and rules that inhibit trade.

NAEDA supports mitigating the impact of COOL on free trade with U.S. and Canadian producers.

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.

NAEDA supports federal and provincial investment tax credits to assist with the costs of training employees.

This policy language was adopted by the NAEDA board of directors during its meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, September 26, 2008.