Today marks the 41st anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme’s World Environment Day. Each year this day is dedicated to stimulating the public’s interest and awareness on a relevant environmental issue in the world. This year’s chosen theme is “Think, Eat, Save”. The campaign is dedicated to reminding us that we can make a difference through simple, day-to-day choices, and improving upon the efficiency of current food manufacturing and distribution processes.
There are many things people don’t consider when purchasing goods from the grocery store. For instance, people often do not recognize that each year 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the entire sub-Saharan region of Africa. Farmers and people involved in agriculture may understand the processes involved in how food ends up in the grocery store, but many fail to recognize that this involves much more than a farmer sending his goods directly to the local grocery store. In reality, food production entails much more than this.
Agricultural products must be grown, harvested, shipped to storage facilities, processed in manufacturing plants, and then transported across countries, states, and communities to distribution centers. In each phase of the value chain food is wasted, but how it is wasted differs. In developing nations inadequate harvesting technologies, poor post-harvest management, lack of suitable infrastructure, and other inefficient methods can lead to food waste. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that in developing countries 40% of losses occur at post-harvest and processing levels.
AGCO is committed to supporting farmers and agribusiness to reduce these losses and help ensure the efforts of our farmers are not wasted. AGCO offers technologies that work to reduce the amount of waste created in the harvesting process. AGCO offers combine harvesters with new levels of cutting edge threshing, separating, and easy grain sampling and tank coverings which all contribute to optimum harvesting results in even the most challenging conditions. For post-harvest needs GSI grain storage systems have been designed to minimize the amount of crop spoilage between when the crops are harvested to when they are needed in the next phase of the supply chain. Our solutions greatly help the reduce waste generated in the agricultural process.
According to a recent report produced by FAO in joint collaboration with the World Bank “Missing Food: The Case of Post- Harvest Grain Losses in Sub Saharan Africa”, investing in post-harvest technologies may reduce food losses and increase the food supply in sub-Saharan Africa where food losses are estimated to be USD 4 billion per year. This would allow 48 million people to have the food necessary for living.
The United Nations Environmental Programme’s World Environment Day: Think, Eat, Save wishes to inform the global population of the potential impact each person can have on food conservation. Next time you enter the grocery store, think about where the food you are purchasing comes from, how it got there, and all the effort that made it possible.
For more information, visit UNEP’s World Environment Day home page to learn more about World Environment Day, and how people around the world are making a difference!
In 1978, Hesston Corporation introduced the Model 4800, the industry’s first large square baler, revolutionizing hay production and feeding practices at a time when labor availability and fuel prices were driving a need for innovations on the farm. Big square balers have come a long way since then, and on May 16, 2013, a large crowd gathered at AGCO’s Hesston Operations to celebrate the 25,000th large square baler built in Hesston, Kan.
Credit for the big baler idea is generally given to Allen White, who spent more than 25 years as a company engineer. White started his research by building a giant bale chamber in the engineering lab and manually packing it with hay. When the 4-foot-by-4-foot bale did not get hot or spoil, engineers went on to build the first prototype baler. They quickly realized that the side-feed approach currently being used would not work, and in 1975, the first prototype that fed hay into the bottom of the bale chamber was built.
After extensive field-testing, the Model 4800 was perfected and released in 1978. Field testing and working with farmers to meet their needs have always been a hallmark of equipment development at Hesston. These productive balers proved to be a more labor-efficient and economical way to harvest, store and feed forages.
Today, balers built in Hesston are sold in as many as 39 countries and used to bale everything from alfalfa and grass hay to wheat straw, miscanthus for biofuel production, and even recyclables such as newspaper and aluminum cans.
“It is amazing to look back at all that has gone into today’s big baler models,” says Dean Morrell, product marketing manager, Hay and Forage. “Building the 25,000th baler is an invigorating milestone and a great tribute to everyone who has been involved in its development. I know there will be even more innovations in the future large square balers built in Hesston.”
Tomorrow, May 16, the 25,000th large square baler will roll off the assembly line at the AGCO facility in Hesston, Kansas USA and be presented to its new owner. Here are a few fun facts about the large square baler to help kick off this historic event
• The first large square baler — the Hesston model 4800, produced at the AGCO facility in Hesston, Kan. — was introduced in 1978.
• Nearly 50 individual patents were awarded to the original baler.
• There are at AGCO 15 employees who were involved with developing and building the first large square balers and are still working at the Hesston facility today.
• Together, they have 610 years of experience working at the Hesston facility, with tenures ranging from 36 to 49 years.
• Large square balers built in Hesston have been sold under the following brand names: Hesston, New Idea, Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Challenger, Case IH, New Holland and AGCO.
• They have been used to bale everything from alfalfa and grass hay to wheat straw, miscanthus for biofuel production and even recyclables such as newspaper and aluminum cans.
• Large square balers manufactured in Hesston have proudly been sold and delivered to customers in as many as 39 countries all over the world.
• Hesston by Massey Ferguson Models 2170XD and 2190 create bales that are 4-feet x 3-feet or 4-feet x 4-feet, respectively, and can weigh up to a ton.
Today is the first official day at the 2013 Agrishow in Ribeirão Preto city, São Paulo, Brazil, showing great products and many attraction to the visitors. Have a look at what Massey Ferguson has prepared for the most important farm show in Latin America.
Including around 60 products and dealership teams delivering customized service, the Massey Ferguson booth will showcase new product releases and present exciting attractions to the visitors.
Two garden tractor lines are arriving at our brand dealership: MF 2000 series (model20/42) and MF 2900 series (model 27/78). Both models are equipped with Briggs & Stratton® engines of 20 cv and 27cv of power, respectively.
Besides that, the MF 8600 series will be once again in Ribeirão Preto with the biggest and most recent models. Presenting its cutting edge technology, the MF 8670 and MF 8690 of 320cv and 370cv, respectively, are the first in Brazil to be equipped with CVT transmission (Dyna-VT).
The MF 4200 series will also be displayed at the Agrishow. The tractors, with power ranging between 65cv and 130 cv, are known for their productivity and versatility in Brazil.
The visitors can also have a look at the most versatile combine in the market, the MF32 SR, with its ability to work rice crop and grains such as soybean, corn and wheat.
AGCO celebrated the opening of its African Master Parts Distribution Center together with its local distribution partners in Johannesburg last month. “AGCO’s new state-of-the-art warehouse will allow us to better serve our customers in Sub-Saharan Africa with high quality products and services,” said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO.
The construction of AGCO’s African Master Parts Distribution Centre was completed at the end of 2012. The new warehouse comprises initial space of more than 7,000 square meters with flexibility to expand within a 16,000 square meters site. The strategic location of the African Master Parts Distribution Centre, close to Johannesburg Airport, makes it easily accessible, and puts it at the heart of a well-connected logistics network. “
Our new Master Parts Distribution Centre is a significant step to improve our after-sales services in African markets,” explained Nuradin Osman, AGCO Director for Africa & Middle East, “Overall AGCO is investing about $35 million in the after-sales service infrastructure in Africa to ensure excellent parts availability and machine uptime.” Up to 40,000 parts are stocked to significantly improve response times and reduce machine downtime. AGCO’s objective is to bring Africa’s after-sales service for the local distribution partners and customers in line with the highest global standards. “Having successfully established the new African Master warehouse, we will now focus on developing satellite warehouses in East and West Africa to support these growing markets,” added Nuradin Osman.
The African Master Parts Distribution Centre will not only support AGCO’s Sub-Saharan distribution partners, but also parts shipments to the dealer network of Barloworld, AGCO’s Southern Africa distributor. The joint approach will allow Barloworld to offer improved service to its customers due to the expanded range of locally stocked parts.
In addition to the implementation of the new Master Parts Distribution Centre in Johannesburg, AGCO has taken further strategic steps to expand its presence in Africa – opening a Global Learning Center and Future Farm in Zambia that allows local farmers and dealers to be trained on modern farming technology. Farmers can benefit from a wide range of training classes and get access to professional farming equipment. Moreover, in December 2012, AGCO established a joint venture operation with local partners in Algeria to manufacture Massey Ferguson tractors for the African market.