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Rural Hospital’s Future Is Bright Thanks to Biomass

Biomass, as a sustainable fuel, does more than just help the environment—it saves lives. Many rural hospitals have antiquated boiler systems that burn oil for fuel during the cold winter months. This is not a sustainable heat source, and the cost is putting many of them in the red. These hospitals often are the only close access to medical care in low income communities.

Biomass Hospital

Piedmont Geriatric State Hospital in Burkeville, Virginia, is using biomass to keep its buildings warm during those long winters. The hospital burns around 3,000 tons of native warm season grasses (NWSG) as biofuel, supplied by FDC Enterprises, from November to May. The hospital saves, on average, more than $1,300 per day during those seven months.

On an energy basis, biomass is roughly one-third the cost of fuel, which quickly adds up. Glenn Farris stated, “For many rural hospitals, being able to save over $200,000 per year is the difference between staying open or closing their doors. It can also be the way to bring that next important lifesaving machine or a new doctor to their facility. It can’t help but make you feel good to know you work for a company and in an industry that can make great things like this happen.”

By using biomass energy, hospitals can save money normally used to heat the building and instead better serve the community. Biomass is a win for rural hospitals, the communities they serve and the environment. To learn more about AGCO Biomass solutions, please visit: http://bit.ly/AGCOBiomass.

Introducing #AG4Good: Powering the Future

AGCO has proudly partnered with the Zambia 4-H project to help prepare Africa’s children to meet urgent global needs, including hunger, sustainable livelihoods and food security. By 2015, 4-H will equip 250,000 young people in Sub-Saharan Africa with the knowledge and skills needed for improved, sustainable livelihoods. Click here to learn more about the #AG4Good initiative on our Facebook page.
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Hesston-Sponsored Cowboys Strong at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Luke Branquinho and Cody Teel, the two Hesston-sponsored cowboys competing at the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, are more than halfway through the competition and poised to finish the week strong.

Branquinho, the reigning world champion steer wrestler from Los Alamos, Calif., had strong finishes Sunday and Monday, winning Sunday’s round and placing second on Monday. Branquinho started the NFR ranked No. 1. After Tuesday night’s round, Branquinho is ranked No 8.

Teel, a past high school and college champion bull rider from Kountze, Texas, arrived at the NFR ranked as the No. 2 bull rider in the world at just 20 years old. Teel has posted first- and fourth-place finishes during the first six rounds. After six rounds of rides, Teel is sitting in the No. 5 spot.

In addition to sponsoring Branquinho and Teel, Hesston by Massey Ferguson® is the official farm equipment sponsor of the National Finals Rodeo. Hesston dealers are hosting more than 400 Hesston customers at the Mandalay Bay Resort during the National Finals Rodeo. In addition to attending rodeo performances, customers were treated to a cocktail reception; a meet-and-greet with Teel and Branquinho; and a private Rodney Atkins concert at the House of Blues.

For more information on how the Hesston-sponsored cowboys are doing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, visit www.nfrexperience.com; follow the boys on Twitter (@lukebranquinho and @CodyLTeel); or text “Hesston” to 21534 for updates on your smartphone.

The Farm Animal Photo Contest is here!

The second annual Farm Animal Photo contest is here! Did you enjoy the AGCO Farm Dog photo contest last year?

This year we’re doing things a bit differently and you can now show off any animal for a chance to win the new iPad! Upload up to three different photos into the contest from now until Thursday, April 19, 2012. AGCO will then pick finalists from the pool of photos, where everyone will then vote for the winner! The grand prize winner will win the new iPad and four of the top finalists will win $25 iTunes gift cards.

Which of your farm animals will you show off? Enter now!

Social Media Support for AGCO’s Dealers

Do you want to learn how to drive more business into your dealership and connect with your customers through social media, but are unsure of where you should start? Are you already active in social media but looking for new ways to engage your customers through your existing channels? AGCO understands that social media involvement is growing rapidly in the agricultural sector, so we’ve developed a number of FREE multi-media tools and resources that you can use to better connect with your customers.

We encourage you to explore these tools and take the next steps toward deepening your customer relationships through social media.

 

Growing Your Business: Social Media Guidelines

 

Click to have the “Growing Your Business: Social Media Guidelines emailed to you. This PDf walks you through all the basics for setting up your first Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts, plus explains the benefits of blogging,  and other activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGCO Blog Content Syndication Tool

 

Keep your website fresh and give your customers a reason to come back frequently: Add the AGCO Blog Tool to your website and give your visitors access to a constant stream of news about your specific AGCO brands. Six feeds available include Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.

 

 

 

 

Social Media How-to Video Series

Six short videos cover everything from getting started to content strategies to campaigns and promotions. Learn best practices and get tips from the AGCO marketing team and kick your social media efforts into high gear!

 

 

 

 

AGCO Dealers Blog

The all new Dealer Blog section of the AGCO Blog is all about you, our dedicated dealers around the world. The Blog focuses on stories and news from our dealers and for our dealers.