Archive for July, 2011

Cale Sledge

Cale Sledge
Product Marketing Specialist
AGCO Haytools

I am from Grayson, Georgia and graduated from Georgia College & State University with a BBA degree in Marketing. I have been with AGCO since December ‘07 and have worked with the Haytools marketing team since October of ‘10.

AGCO/Fendt Sponsors German Equestrian Team

AGCO announced at a press conference for the CHIO in Aachen recently that the premium brand, Fendt, has extended its commitment as main sponsor of the German Equestrian Team for the Olympic disciplines until 2014. “The German riders form one of the most successful international teams in international competition and have always been a guarantee for medals”, explained Martin Richenhagen, AGCO Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, “We are proud to continue our commitment with this outstanding team.”

AGCO/Fendt will remain the main sponsor of the German Equestrian Team and will contribute towards helping the German Equestrian Federation (FN) and the German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports (DOKR) meet the financial and organizational challenges of this top-level sport in the best way possible. AGCO/Fendt was also the main sponsor of the German Equestrian Team at the last World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and was the official product partner for agricultural machinery at the world’s biggest international equestrian tournament, the CHIO Aachen, for the first time. More than 1,000 hp of “AGCO/Fendt Power” were at work on the huge tournament grounds and the innovative technology from the agricultural equipment company can be seen in the 250-m² AGCO/Fendt exhibition area. AGCO/Fendt is presenting the latest innovations, up to and including the 900 Vario tractor, in the CHIO Village.

“Fendt is a worldwide leading high-tech tractors brand and the German riders lead in international competitions – that is an ideal combination,” said Martin Richenhagen. As the main sponsor, the traditional brand Fendt, which has three locations in Germany, will finance part of the equipment and act as the official tractor partner of the German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports (DOKR) at the Training Center in Warendorf. Among other things, all the clothing of the German riders will carry the Fendt logo. With the continued sponsorship of the German Equipe, the agricultural equipment company signalizes its long-term commitment to German equestrian sports. The head of the German team, Reinhard Wendt, explained: “We are pleased to continue the very successful cooperation with Fendt and are grateful for the confidence that Fendt, as our main sponsor, has shown in us. We will be worthy international representatives for Fendt and Germany.”

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AGCO Finance Employee to Compete in Yacht Race Around the World

AGCO Finance is a Joint Venture between AGCO Corporation and De Lage Landen (DLL). Beginning July 31, 2011 and going through July 2012, DLL will be participating in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The race track is 40,000 miles long and it will take eleven months to complete the circumnavigation. Fewer people have raced around the world than have climbed Mt. Everest. Heather and Yacht

The race route will start in the UK and cross the Atlantic Ocean, the South Atlantic, the Southern Ocean, the Java and South China Seas and the Pacific. The race is divided into a series of eight legs and crews can decide to race one of them, select a combination of legs or sign up to become a round the world crew member and complete the full circumnavigation. DLL opened up applications to more than 5500 members worldwide and out of over 160 applicants, one of our Sales Development Representatives, Heather Stephens, is 1 of 9 DLL members awarded a spot on the Clipper Crew. Heather will be an “onboard” crew member and participate in one leg of the voyage. She will be sailing from California, down to Panama, through the canal and north to New York City.

There is no doubt Heather will be a great representative of AGCO Finance. Congratulations to Heather for being awarded this incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity! If you would like to follow Heather’s voyage and the rest of the Clipper Race, you can do so at or follow @TeamDLL on Twitter and Facebook.

We will update you more about Heather’s journey, but in the meantime, we invite you to leave her words of encouragement!

75 Years of 3 Point Linkage

He built and flew the first aeroplane in Ireland. He developed and pioneered four wheel drive for fast cars. 75 years ago, his first production tractors fitted with the revolutionary new 3 point linkage system rolled off the production line in Huddersfield, England. He was, of course, the genius inventor and pioneer, Harry Ferguson.

Ferguson Type A tractors commenced production in 1936

The revolutionary new tractor, called the Ferguson Type A was built in the David Brown Park Gear works. Ferguson had set up a company in collaboration with the Industrialist David Brown to build and sell the new machines.

With over 5 million Massey Ferguson tractors now produced and 3 point linkage standard on every mainstream tractor, I think we can safely judge Mr Ferguson’s invention to have been a success!

If you are visiting MF’s Technology Centre in Beauvais this year, please spend some time looking at the special exhibition that has been prepared to celebrate the 75 years.

Now of course, on many tractors, the system uses electronics to measure draft forces and control the reaction of the onboard hydraulics to changes in soil conditions but essentially the design principle remains the same.

With the most impressive brand DNA in farm machinery, Massey Ferguson pledges to continue to find new ways every day to play a positive role in the lives and experiences of farmers… we owe it to the great founders of our brand!

How many generations has Massey Ferguson been a part of your family?

Aline Faber

I am a graduate in Social Communication, with a postgraduate degree in Strategic Communication and MBA (in progress) in Marketing Management. I am born in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil, and currently live in Sao Paulo, one of the largest cities in the world. My grandparents always had farm and cultivated tobacco and maize in Rio Grande do Sul and I grew up watching the evolution of machines and of Brazilian agriculture. At AGCO, I am responsible for web, new media and social medias in South America for Massey Ferguson, Valtra and Challenger brands. I am working in AGCO since 2006 and had worked in areas such as Sales Engineering and Technical Publications and now I’m in Corporate Marketing.