Archive for April, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day with AGCO

Tomorrow is Earth Day, but nobody has to remind a farmer to appreciate the Earth around them. Earth Day is a reason, however, for the rest of the world to celebrate the environment. Be sure to start off your celebration by watching “The Green Room” on the Discovery Channel, as AGCO is featured on their Earth Day special showcasing environmentally responsible companies. John Holden, host and environmental correspondent, tracks down the corporate green movers and shakers who are making a difference in environmental stewardship in this cutting edge, magazine-style program. Click here to learn more, see photos and watch behind-the-scenes videos.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?

Welcome to the AGCO Blog!

I’m Sue [the one on the left] and we’re thrilled to launch AGCO’s blog. Agriculture is a strong community-oriented industry and a perfect fit for social media. Farmers are not competitive, but quick to help each other. I have early memories of lots of neighbors helping build our cattle shed. Today’s Facebook-YouTube-Blogger sites are becoming the modern-day equivalent of helping neighbors. Farmers visiting these sites help extend agriculture knowledge across the worldwide landscape, offering a helping hand of advice, information, pictures, comments, experiences to global neighbors.

Agriculture marketing started for me at a young age. As Regional Dairy Princess (or affectionately known as “Miss Cow” by my friends) I handed out sample ice cream cones at county fairs to promote dairy products. After college I worked with the 4-H rural youth education program, then migrated to farm equipment, working for a manufacturer helping customers get their tractors or combines fixed or locating parts and paint colors for heritage restorers. I then took a hiatus from ag to work in marketing at Apple. Now I am back in the industry I love, using the marketing concepts I have learned along the way to give back to farming.

Working with me is Jamy. She joined us eight months ago from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina where she majored in Communication Studies. Jamy grew up on a small hobby farm in Florida where they drove Massey Ferguson tractors. Little did she know that one day she would be working for the company who manufactures them! Combining her marketing and agriculture backgrounds, she is on board with advocating agriculture through our social media channels.

So, from a farm gal who still enjoys plowing in the spring, raking hay in the summer and driving the grain truck in the fall (face it– milking cows in Minnesota winters isn’t going to rank high on my list of favorite farm memories), we are glad you have joined us here on the AGCO blog. We invite you to share your thoughts, your advice, and your experiences. Tell your friends. Ask us questions, we’ll do our best to find the answers for you.

What are some of your favorite childhood memories on the farm?
What memories are you creating for your children to build your agricultural legacy?

Sue Otten – Director, Corporate Marketing & Brand Communications
Jamy Johnson – Coordinator, Corporate Marketing

Farmers fueling the Navy

Image via Wikipedia

A US Navy jet will fly using biofuels on Earth Day, which is April 22.

“Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen was on location at the site of President Obama’s speech this morning on energy initiatives for the United States and we were following him on Twitter. The event was held in a hanger at Andrews Air Force Base with the backdrop of a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet jet that will fly on biofuels on Earth Day.

According to the Navy:

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-23 will be testing the full envelope of the ‘Green Hornet’ with a drop in replacement biofuel made from the camelina plant in an effort to certify alternative fuels for naval aviation use.

The ‘Green Hornet’ flight is an important step in the certification and ultimate operational use of biofuels by the Navy and Marine Corps.” Source: AgWired » Blog Archives » Navy Jet To Fly On Biofuel

Thank a farmer for more than just your food!

Top producers deserve top equipment

Here’s an interesting story…

“Donny DeLine, a farmer from Charleston, Mo. is the 2010 Top Producer of the Year.

By winning, DeLine receives use of a new Challenger MT865C for 200 hours or six months (whichever comes first).

Jarrod Woley, of Whayne Supply Co. the local Challenger dealer in Paducah, Ky., awards Donny DeLine and his family with a new Challenger MT865C track tractor. Pictured are Woley, Christy DeLine, Donny, son Payton and daughter Larkin.

The Challenger MT865C Series tractor offers 525 gross engine horsepower delivered by a Caterpillar® C18 ACERT® Tier III engine, a smooth 16F/4R powershift Cat® transmission, and the industry’s most advanced and productive track undercarriage technology. Challenger’s exclusive Mobil-trac™ system maximizes traction and floatation while minimizing compaction. Infinitely variable gauge settings paired with five different belt options allow the tractor to adapt to fit a wide range of row widths and crop applications. The tractor is fully ISOBUS compliant allowing the operator complete control of any ISOBUS-compatible implements as well as major tractor functions through one easy to use monitor.” Source: Top Producer

Watch as Donny receives his prize…

Maybe next year this will be you!

Annual report now available

AGCO’s 2009 Annual Report is available. Download your copy here.
You can also view stockholders meeting information and materials here.

“Our financial discipline enabled us to generate
over $100 million in free cash flow, finishing the
year with the strongest balance sheet in AGCO’s

Martin Richenhagen
Chairman’s Message
2009 AGCO Annual Report