Archive for October, 2010

Win an iPad in AGCO’s Blog Contest

I am excited to announce AGCO’s first blog contest, launching today! We want to know your thoughts and we want to share them with the world. Your ideas of “articulating agriculture” may be featured on the AGCO Blog,  so we can help spread your message. We might even ask you to become an AGCO guest blogger!

For example:

– If you are a college ag student, this is the perfect place for you to get some commercial experience for your resume and write about ag issues that really matter to you.

– If you are a farmer, you could tell the story of your family farm and the generations that went into building your business.

– If you just like to eat, tell us why you love the farmers who work so hard to grow your yummy food. You might even want to share about food producers or manufacturers you know or are passionate about.

However you would like to interpret “articulating agriculture,” we want to hear it. We would like to get stories from all regions and all types of farming. You certainly don’t need to be a professional writer, we are sure you have cool stories to tell that will help to articulate why agriculture is an amazing industry that provides food, fuel and fiber to the world. Everyone is touched by agriculture, so get ready to enter and tell your friends to join in the fun!

Submit your entries here by October 29, 2010 at 5pm EST for your chance to win. AGCO will then select 5 finalists that will be showcased right here on the AGCO blog the week of November 1st. You can then invite your friends and family to comment on your post either here on the AGCO Blog, or on the AGCO Facebook page. The winner of the iPad will be announced on November 9, 2010.

Be creative and get your thoughts heard.

Harvesting with Massey Ferguson is Pure Gold

Are you in Europe? Take a look at the new Massey Ferguson “Pure Gold” website recently launched. On the site you can find the right harvesting solution to fit your needs, more information about products, interact on a discussion board, watch customer and dealer testimonials, learn more about the range of harvesting solutions from Massey Ferguson and more.

Since producing the world’s first commercially successful self-propelled combine in 1938, Massey Ferguson’s harvesting range has advanced in ways that were never imagined. Our dedication to our customer remains first and foremost.

Today we continue to strive not only to meet your harvesting needs but exceed your expectations.

In the last two years we have invested significantly in research and development to produce the latest innovative machines to lead our impressive harvesting line-up

We have a committed network of dealers and distributors which, combined with AGCO’s Customer Support, means that if you become one of our valued harvesting customers, you can rest assured that your next harvest will be a golden one. Source: Massey Ferguson Pure Gold:Our Dedication to You

The site is available in English, French, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian and Spanish.  
Tell us why you think harvesting with Massey Ferguson is “Pure Gold” no matter which region of the world you harvest in.

AGCO Receives 2010 NAMA Professional Development Award of Excellence

NAMA’s fall meeting is held this year in Minneapolis. Trends in Agriculture discusses global issues impacting American agriculture.

Innovations in communication, production and packaging are revolutionizing the agriculture industry. Combined with the dramatic increase in need for safe, plentiful food, today’s agriculture professionals must navigate the challenges of a “Globally Local” World. NAMA’s 2010 Trends in Agriculture Conference will help you stay ahead of the curve and gain an edge in the rapidly changing landscape of our global agriculture market.                                                                                                                     Source: National Agri-Marketing Association website

Trends in Agriculture is also the setting for honoring professional development awards of excellence in the areas of marketing communications, public relations, product management and sales. AGCO received the PDA for public relations for our work in social media. 

What do you think is the most important global trend impacting agriculture?

Happy National 4-H Week!

AGCO joins 4-H clubs in honoring young people taking the lead in celebration of National 4-H Week, October 3 – 9. Local 4-H clubs address today’s challenges by encouraging youth to explore, learn and discover in a safe environment. Kids find their true passions, gain confidence and give back to their communities. AGCO is a long-time sponsor of youth programs such as 4-H and FFA.

4-H has changed a lot since I was a 10-year member and national award winner growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. While the 4-H club I was involved in focused on farm activities, such as showing and judging cattle, and milking contests like the one I won I (see picture to the right), today’s 4-H programs are broader and involve science, citizenship and healthy living, whether you live on a farm, in the suburbs or in the city.

“According to the findings in the second annual report from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development (PYD), youth have the capacity to thrive when presented with resources for healthy development found in families, schools, and communities—regardless of their background, socioeconomic status, race, and gender. Specifically, 4-H youth are:

  • 25 percent more likely to contribute to their families, themselves, and their communities,
  • More likely to see themselves going to college compared to other youth,
  • 41 percent less likely to engage in risky/problem behavior, and
  • Higher scores on goal setting and goal management.”

So, congratulations 4-Hers, enjoy your week!

Tell us how you celebrate the 4-Hers, and all the youth, in your community?

AGCO Donates Tractor to Habitat for Humanity

AGCO today announced the donation of a Massey Ferguson tractor to Habitat for Humanity. The non-profit organization plans to use the tractor in support of its recovery efforts in Haiti following the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince on January 12. “We are very pleased to donate a tractor for a good cause,” said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO. Read the rest of the press release below:
AGCO Donates Tractor to Habitat for Humanity

Leave your encouragement to Habitat for Humanity, all those affected by the earthquake and all who are giving their time and resources to rebuild Haiti.