Archive for December, 2011
AGCO has been recognized as a 2011 Champion of Learning by the American Society of Training and Development during Employee Learning Week. Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, is recognizing the contributions of professionals who make the state’s highly skilled workforce a reality and declared December 5‐9, 2011 as Employee Learning Week in the state of Georgia. Employee Learning Week is the time dedicated annually to recognize organizations that are committed to learning. The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development coordinated the observance as part of its efforts to promote awareness of workplace learning and performance.
“Businesses and organizations that are committed to creating a highly skilled workforce recognize the competitive advantage of employee education as skilled employees improve performance and productivity,” according to the proclamation signed by Governor Deal. “Continued employee learning develops individual and organizational knowledge and expertise.”
In 2011, AGCO invested more than $1MM to build the AGCO Global Learning Center, a 19,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility located in Duluth, Georgia, whose primary mission is to support and develop AGCO employees and AGCO dealers around the world. The AGCO Global Learning Center is home to AGCO Academy and AGCO University – “Champions of Learning” and Development initiatives.
The AGCO Global Learning Center grand opening in May 2011 welcomed several hundred people, including Nancy Harris, Mayor of Duluth, Georgia; Gary Black, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, and staff from the University of Georgia School of Agriculture.
AGCO Academy and AGCO University were excited to participate for the first time in ASTD’s Employee Learning Week. During December 5 – 8, 2011, the AGCO Global Learning Center hosted Dealer Service Manager Training for AGCO dealers and employees from all over North America. The goal of the Dealer Service Manager Training is to provide participants with the skills to improve the profitability and productivity of their dealership and service department. This will be the largest event since the opening of the Global Learning Center and will also be celebrated by the presence of the AGCO Board of Directors.
AGCO’s 2011 learning story does not begin with the opening of the Global Learning Center. AGCO demonstrated a commitment to learning earlier in the year by hosting a five week National Training Event in Glendale, Arizona February 7 – March 10, 2011. More than 900 AGCO employees and dealers participated in one of five week-long sessions during this sales training event. Four learning tracks were offered based on varying levels of sales and management experience. Participants learned both in the classroom and hands on during field training sessions while engaging in individual and group activities.
As a result of a commitment to learning, ASTD’s Employee Learning Week and AGCO’s Dealer Service Manager Training have built momentum, put a foot on the accelerator and put learning and development initiatives on the move into 2012 and beyond.
2011 has been a year of new products, investment and multiple awards for Massey Ferguson. That’s the message from Richard Markwell, MF’s Vice-President and Managing Director for Europe, Africa and Middle East in his personal review of 2011 in the latest NEWS@MF web cast. With the outlook for farm industry fundamentals remaining strong, 2012 looks set to be another positive year for agriculture with plenty to look forward to and yet more new developments from Massey Ferguson.
The MF Editorial Team
Children at two nursery schools now have some new toys to play with thanks to a donation from Massey Ferguson.
As part of the company’s celebrations to mark ten years at its Parma headquarters, four MF pedal tractors were presented to the neighbouring Catholic and municipal nursery schools in Trecasali. Luca Gherardi and Cinzia Peghin from Massey Ferguson along with Igino Zanichelli, Assessore alle Attività produttive, alla Protezione Civile e Sicurezza and Massimino Gaibani, Assessore alla Pubblica Istruzione, alla Scuola e alla Cultura, personally delivered the toys to the schools in October.
“We are delighted to help support the local community. Afterall, kids love tractors and this is a great way to introduce them to farm life,” commented Luca Gherardi, Massey Ferguson National Sales Manager, Italy. “We are very proud to be part of Parma’s business scene. MF is rooted in this area and has grown significantly in the ten years since our premises were established here.”
How do children in your area learn about farming?
UK Beef farmer Michael Hanson, 26, and surveyor Hayley Morgan, 31, decided they wanted to tie the knot in an incredible way that celebrated their country lives.
The bride arrived at the church on a Massey Ferguson 6400 tractor which transported the happy couple after the service to the Welsh bride’s family farm nearby, to have their portrait taken with a herd of British Blue Cattle.
Michael then drove the couple 28 miles in a farm truck across the English border to the reception at his family farm in Eardisland, where they now live.
The brilliant style continued in the marquee in the ground of the farm, with guests’ names written on cattle ear tags and the wedding cake was even designed to fit within the British Blue theme, decorated with icing figures of their dogs and cattle.
The couple then honeymooned in Texas, the beef farming capital of the world, where they spent three weeks touring cattle farms.
They are planning to spend their wedding money gifts on adding to a new herd of British Blue Cattle. That is not just loyalty to the brand, but also to cattle farming! Did you incorporate your favorite AGCO tractor brand into your big day? Share your photos with us on our Facebook page!
Many many years ago, Santa realised that he needed a strong and reliable work machine. With so many varied tasks around his workshop and Santa Claus village, Santa decided that the best tractor the job is a custom-built Valtra.
Here’s how Santa tailored his tractor.
Read the complete story about how Valtra became the official tractor of Santa Claus at www.valtra.com/XMAS2011. There you also have a chance to win a trip to Santa’s and Valtra’s homecountry, Finland. (Terms and conditions apply)