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AGCO’s Farm Dog Photo Contest

As you may know by now, I grew
up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. One of the things I loved about my childhood was the proliferation of critters we had around the place; too many cats to count, horses, an occasional pig and of course, dairy cows and calves. But my favorite farm animal was always our dog.

The first dog I can remember was “Angel,” a white German Shepherd. Next came our little sweetheart collie-shepherd mix, “Schatzy” and the dog we had when I left for college was “BooBoo,” an Australian Cattle Dog or also known as a Blue Heeler. BooBoo came from a cattle ranch out west. My dad brought him home from a hunting trip when he was a barely 6 week old puppy because his mamma was such an amazing cattle dog.

Our dogs were never considered pets, my dad would not allow them in the house and I can’t ever remember giving them a bath or having them groomed. They were workers, hired help that earned their keep by herding cows into the parlour at milking time and chasing calves up from the pasture when it was time to put them in the shed at the end of the day. Our dogs were serious herding dogs.

My brother, who still lives on our farm, carries on this tradition with Rex’s Australian Shepherds, as he trains and shows Aussies in field trials. Belle, the seven week old puppy above and Moe, his national champion cattle dog, both play and practice herding in the same pasture where I chased calves as a kid.

AGCO knows what a valuable partner farm dogs are; they are loyal and quick to lend a helping hand, er… paw. Farm dogs, like all dogs, are always happy to see you, but then they quickly get to work, serious and anxious to do their job. In honor of farm dogs everywhere, we are proud to announce the latest in our ongoing series of contests for our friends and fans. And this one you can invite ALL your farm friends to get involved. As we do with all our contests, friends and fans will be invited to vote on the winning picture. But in an effort to encourage more entries and reach out to the entire agriculture community, we are waiving the requirement to have AGCO product in the picture. Let’s pay tribute to our hard working farm dogs by entering them in AGCO’s Farm Dog Photo Contest by clicking here. You could even win a Kodak Zi8 camcorder!

What do you like best about your Farm Dog? Will you enter the Photo Contest?

Fendt SCR Technology Pays Off

With SCR technology, the Fendt Vario Tractors are compliant with emissions standard Stage 3b and Tier IV interim. Engine exhaust is after-treated with AdBlue®, a 32.5 percent solution of urea, which converts harmful nitrous oxides (NOx) into non-toxic nitrogen and water. The consumption of AdBlue®, also known as DEF or Diesel Exhaust Fluid, the standard urea-water solution used by commercial vehicles, lies at an average of seven percent of the diesel consumption. This can vary depending on the operation. AdBlue/DEF is available all over the world at filling stations or through AGCO Parts.

Does your tractor use SCR technology?

Support Farm Safety with AGCO & Farm Safety 4 Just Kids

Do you have a few seconds? Want to help keep children safe in rural areas? Vote for the Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Pepsi Refresh grant. Farm Safety 4 Just kids is a non-profit organization and will use the $25,000 grant to educate youth and their families about farm safety by adding interactive elements to their website. AGCO is a proud sponsor of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids was created in 1987 by Marilyn Adams after the death of her 11-year-old son in a gravity flow grain wagon accident. The organization is devoted to educating youth and their families about farm safety to prevent future tragedies.

Today, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids has over 130 chapters across the United States and Canada. These volunteers conduct farm safety days in their local communities. In addition, ten outreach coordinators travel ten states teaching youth and their families about farm safety. The organization researches, creates, and offers various educational resources and materials about various farm safety topics.

For more information visit fs4jk.org. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Voting ends on January 31, 2011 so hurry and cast your vote now! What do you do to teach your children about farm safety?

Contributed by: Tracy Schlater, Marketing Director at Farm Safety 4 Just Kids

Agriculture Facts from Around the World

Ok, I have to admit this is a pretty cool idea and I wish I had thought of it first. Ryan Goodman from Arkansas, US is on a mission to collect agriculture facts from around the world – specifically by postcard (he just l-o-v-e-s getting postcards).

His goal for 2011 is to collect a unique ag fact from all 50 states in the US. We think we can help him achieve this, plus go a little bit better, by having our global community send him postcards from all around the world. AGCO is distributed in 140 countries, so our customers, dealers, and company folks should be able to help Ryan out. He will then take the information and share it with a unique post from each state or country on his blog. This is an amazing way to learn about agriculture around the world.

If you are interested in helping him out, send him a direct message on Twitter or Facebook or email him (agricultureproud@hotmail.com) and he will send you his postal mailing address. Be sure to include a return address and he promises to return the favor with a post card from Arkansas. Let’s all support “Stamps on AgFacts“. Watch his video below:

AGCO is going to start off with a fact about Georgia – home of our corporate headquarters and Ryan, don’t worry, we’ll get our postcard in the mail right away… “Although we are officially known as ‘the Peach State,’ Georgia produces almost half of all the peanuts produced in the US each year.”

Where are you from and will you commit to helping Ryan achieve his goal?

What is Precision Agriculture?

The greater the precision, the bigger the profit — it’s as simple as that!

The most up-to-date precision farming tools can enable you to increase returns by varying the rates at which inputs — such as fertilizer, pesticides and seed — are applied to match the yield potential of specific parts of individual fields. This means that with crop nutrients and chemical inputs, they are being applied where they are required and at a rate that will be effective in deficient or problem areas. These tools also gather extremely useful and accurate data, allowing quick and clear analysis to enable informed management decisions to be made. Take a look at the video below for more information.

Visit www.agcotechnologies.com to find out more about what AGCO has to offer in precision ag. Are you looking into incorporating precision ag into your operation? If so, how?

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