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AGCO Donates New Massey Ferguson Tractor to Piedmont Park Conservancy

The gift-giving season arrived early for the Piedmont Park Conservancy. At the end of last month, AGCO delivered a new Massey Ferguson tractor, valued at nearly $50,000 including accessories, maintenance and training, to Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA. The new tractor joins the Conservancy’s current tractor, a Massey Ferguson 1180, which is used for maintaining, beautifying and improving the park.


“We are thrilled to receive such a generous donation from AGCO,” says Conservancy President and CEO Yvette Bowden. “Support from Atlanta companies is crucial to the continued growth and maintenance of Piedmont Park. Great cities need great parks, and we are happy to have a partner like AGCO that understands the importance of Piedmont Park to this great city,” she adds.With this contribution, AGCO becomes a member of Piedmont Park Conservancy’s Chairman’s Circle, created to recognize corporations for annual contributions to sustain the park. AGCO also becomes a sponsor of the park’s Green Market, an open-air farmer’s market featuring locally grown produce that runs Saturdays from May through mid-December.

Sponsoring the Green Market is a natural fit for AGCO, a company that focuses exclusively on agriculture. “We build many different kinds of agriculture equipment, engineered with the goal of helping farmers of all types and acreages feed the world,” says Lindsey Pettyjohn, who leads public relations for AGCO in North America. “We’re an agricultural company, based in Atlanta, so naturally we are excited to support agriculture in our community and help educate people about the role agriculture plays in bringing food to their tables.”

The new Massey Ferguson MF1655 tractor will be more affordable for the Conservancy to operate, thanks to its improved fuel economy versus the current tractor. It will also keep the park air a little cleaner due to reduced emissions. The MF1655 is compliant with EPA’s Tier 4i emission requirements, so it puts out more than 60 percent less particulate matter and over 20 percent less nitrogen oxide than older tractors with Tier 1 engines.

Piedmont Park has been an important gathering place for Atlantans, including AGCO employees and their families, for more than 100 years. Supporting the Piedmont Park Conservancy is the latest example of AGCO’s ongoing commitment to the communities in which it operates.

Gleaner Becomes Major Sponsor of “Harvesting the High Plains” Film Documentary

Gleaner will help bring the story of Dust Bowl recovery to audiences across the country as a major sponsor of “Harvesting the High Plains,” a film documentary. The documentary details the story of two men who began farming in 1933 in Dust Bowl–stricken western Kansas. Using never-before-attempted crop production practices, they overcame what were thought to be impossible challenges to reclaim the Plains. In 1947, they harvested one of the largest wheat crops ever raised by a single farming operation of that era.

Produced by Inspirit Creative in cooperation with Wichita Public Telecommunications, the film debuted during November at select theaters in Kansas and Nebraska. Gleaner’s sponsorship of the film documentary is a natural fit, according to Kevin Bien, Gleaner brand marketing manager with AGCO in Duluth, Ga.

“Gleaner combine harvesters were born in Nickerson, Kansas, and the innovation in these early harvesting machines is very much a part of the story told through ‘Harvesting the High Plains’,” says Bien. “This story will resonate with farmers and their families across the nation; and though the time may be different, the challenges remain today. It is a great story of farmers’ perseverance and overcoming insurmountable odds to raise a successful crop.”

Narrated by Mike Rowe, creator and host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” and directed by Colby, Kan., native Jay Kriss, “Harvesting the High Plains” brings to life the story of two men who lived in western Kansas during the 1930s. The story is told through the letters between the men that describe in detail each challenge, failure and triumph of their farming ventures — over 10,000 pieces of correspondence in all. By working with methods such as summer fallow and other dryland wheat farming techniques, the men restored the land and reclaimed the High Plains, helping to make the region the breadbasket of the world.

Gleaner was one brand that brought mechanization to the farm, helping forge change in the agriculture of that day. “The Gleaner name was very prominent throughout our research of this time, and we were thrilled to include a restored Gleaner model ‘A’ in part of the film,” says Kriss. “If you can imagine, at one point during the 1947 harvest, GK Farms had more than 130 custom-operated combines cutting on one given day.”

“Harvesting the High Plains” is currently airing on regional public television stations in the High Plains, and will air nationally on public television in early 2013. For dates and times the film documentary airs, check online at harvestingthehighplains.com.

Hesston Sponsored Cowboys Win Big at 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Hesston by Massey Ferguson (http://www.hesston.com) marked the end of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) (www.prorodeo.com/series_home.aspx) watching its two sponsored cowboys, Luke Branquinho and Cody Teel, earn World Championship titles on December 15, 2012. In addition to sponsoring Branquinho and Teel, the 2012 WNFR marked Hesston’s second year back as a major sponsor of the event. Hesston staff and dealers hosted more than 400 customers from Dec. 6–15 in Las Vegas for rodeo’s biggest event.

The excitement was high as Hesston guests cheered on steer wrestler Branquinho and bull rider Teel during ten rounds of competition at the WNFR. Going into round ten, neither the steer wrestling nor the bull rider competition had a clear front-runner, making for an exciting evening.

Branquinho, a steer wrestler from Los Alamos, Calif., entered the 2012 WNFR as the reigning world champion. He put up strong runs throughout the ten-day competition, winning round four and placing second in rounds five and seven. Going into round ten Saturday night, there was no clear frontrunner among the steer wrestlers, allowing Branquinho to rise to the top and win a fourth world championship. Branquinho’s win marks the first back-to-back steer wrestling world championship since Ote Berry won in 1990–91. The only other steer wrestler to win more world championships than Branquinho is Homer Pettigrew, who won six world titles in the 1940s.

Twenty-year-old bull rider Teel, from Kountze, Texas, made his first trip the WFNR in 2012. The past high school and collegiate champion posted strong rides throughout the WNFR, including winning round four. After ten go-arounds, Teel was able to hold off his competition and win his first world championship Saturday night, an incredible achievement for such a young bull rider.

“We are very proud of Luke and Cody and their performances during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo,” says Laura Lines, senior brand marketing specialist for Hesston. “Being a part of such a huge event, and seeing our competitors win, has been exciting for all of us. We’re looking forward to sponsoring them again in 2013.”

The WNFR, held in Las Vegas from Dec. 6–15, is sanctioned by the PRCA, the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world and the recognized leader in professional rodeo.

AGCO VP Among ‘Women of Excellence’

The Business to Business magazine has recognized Debra E. Kuper, AGCO Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, as a Women of Excellence honoree. Ms. Kuper was honored on December 12th at an Award Luncheon in Atlanta. “We are very pleased and proud that the professional leadership achievements and commitment of Ms. Kuper are recognized and honored,” said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGCO.


Each year Business to Business magazine recognizes Atlanta’s most exceptional professional women as Women of Excellence honorees. The award highlights their outstanding professional achievements and commitment, their leadership skills and their positive community impact.Debra Kuper joined the Company in January of 2008.  As Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, she is responsible for all of the Company’s legal matters, including compliance, litigation, regulatory and securities filings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters.  She supervises all of the Company’s 30 in-house attorneys, of whom 17 are women.  She was the first female executive on AGCO’s senior management team and the first female in their boardroom in her role as the Corporate Secretary. She is the co-executive sponsor of the newly formed AGCO Global Women’s Network, a business advisory group committed to developing, promoting and advocating leadership of women within AGCO.Debra joined AGCO from Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois.  She received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Marquette University, where she also taught as an adjunct professor.  She is a member of the Diversity Council, the National Association of Women Lawyers, the National Association of Professional Women, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.  She serves a director on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, is an Audit Committee member of the Association for Corporate Counsel, and is on the Advisory Board of Best Lawyers publications.Debra also received several awards in the past honoring her professional achievements and her commitment to leadership and empowerment of women.  Among others, she was one of the National Diversity Council’s 2010 Most Powerful & Influential Women of Georgia, and the Board of Directors Network 2011 Executive Leadership Honor Roll. It was also announced this week that Kuper will receive Inside Counsel magazine’s 2013 Transformative Leadership Award for the Pamela L. Carter Award for her unyielding vision, core values and philosophy of using her achievements as inspiration to other women.

MF 9500 Series Combine, Australian Demonstrations 2012

MF9500 Series Combine demonstrations have taken place across Australian during the 2012 harvest. Hear about the machine’s performance from both owner operators and contractors.

MF 9500 Series Combine, Australian Demonstrations 2012. Part 2

MF 9500 Series Combine, Australian Demonstrations 2012. Part 3

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