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Farmers Experience AGCO’s High-Tech Tractor Manufacturing

AGCO opened its expanded manufacturing facility and Intivity Center in June with a two-day Grand Opening celebration. Since that event, farmers from across the Midwest and around the globe have been touring AGCO’s 75,000-square-foot tractor manufacturing line and taking in the exhibits within Intivity Center, the company’s new 17,000-square-foot visitors’ center. More than 2,700 people have toured the Jackson, Minn., facility since it opened to the public.

“We built this new plant in Jackson because we wanted to give our dealers and their customers the opportunity to see our workmanship,” says Steve Koep, Vice President of Sales, AGCO North America. Koep goes on to say that this straight-line-configured manufacturing line, with its four quality-gate inspection points and high-tech automated quality-control systems, demonstrates to farmers the attention to detail that goes into every product. The line is spacious, and the progress of each tractor is visible on the overhead LCD monitors throughout the process. The assembly team members and customers can read on the screens what is being built, the stage of production it is in, and even for whom the Massey Ferguson or Challenger tractor is being built.

For more information on how to schedule your Intivity Center tour.


World Food Day

In 1979, the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations (FAO) proclaimed October 16th as World Food Day.

Today is a global observance designed to raise awareness and understanding of different approaches to ending hunger. Food is a wonderful thing, and thanks to new technology and innovation in farming practices, farmers today are able feed around seven billion people globally! However, because our population is growing at such a fast pace, there are still roughly a billion people around the world that do not get enough food. This means that almost 1 in 7 people go to bed hungry every night. As our population has grown, hunger has become an increasingly prevalent issue. World Food Day seeks to remind us of this challenge, and also spotlight the different ways in which we can help the farmers tasked with overcoming it. Every year, World Food Day is accompanied with a theme. Last year, the theme was “Food prices- from crisis to stability.” This year, the theme is “Agricultural Cooperatives- key to feeding the world.” As many farmers know, an agricultural cooperative is a member owned organization which allows farmers to pool all of their resources into different areas of activity. According to the FAO, agricultural Co-ops are fundamental in providing solutions to the hunger problem because they allow smallholder farms to negotiate better prices for resources such as seed, fertilizer, and equipment. Take for example one of AGCO’s customers, Agrifirm. Agrifirm is a Dutch cooperative that serves over 17,000 Dutch farmers and horticulturists. They offer “maximum purchasing advantage of high quality products like animal feeds, seeds, fertilizers and pesticides.” In addition to product purchasing power, Agrifirm also offers knowledge and sustainable solutions to its members. Cooperatives such as Agrifirm allow farmers to access to knowledge and equipment that will help boost farm productivity at a lower cost. The more that small scale farms are able to produce, the better they will be able to support their local regions. This is why the U.N believes agricultural cooperatives to be a key element in providing for our world. It is no secret that farmers are faced with a huge task in supplying food, fiber and fuel for a rapidly growing population. It will not be easy—but with the proper resources, continued advances in technology, and widespread participation—it will be possible. Learn more about world food day, and see how you can help make a difference!

AGCO Appoints New Full Line Dealer for Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Justin James, Darryl Serafin (Owner and Director), Robert Zappala and Bryce Martyn

Celebrated for its rich agricultural industries, vineyards, orchards and cereal production, Griffith situated in South Western New South Wales, has a new full line AGCO dealer for the town and surrounding areas.

At an evening event marking the beginning of the company’s promising new relationship with AGCO were 130 local guests and AGCO representatives from management, sales and technical support.

From humble beginnings in 1996, well-known local Darryl Serafin has built a successful business offering outstanding service and support for different tractor and machinery brands while developing extensive experience in the Australian agricultural industry.

His awareness of different challenges and factors affecting farming practices has made Serafin Ag Pro the success it is today. With 22 experienced and fully equipped staff, Darryl and his team understand the importance and urgency of ensuring customers continue to operate in the field.

Previously a dealer for various other tractor  brands, Serafin Ag Pro is now on board with AGCO and can supply recognised major brands including Massey Ferguson, Challenger, Fendt, Gleaner and Iseki.


 

 

AGCO Publishes First Sustainability Report

Today AGCO proudly published our first global sustainability report. The report describes our approach to enhancing the sustainability of our business processes and global agriculture. It presents data supporting the strategy and updates progress towards change. “At AGCO, sustainability is vital to our vision to offer high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world,” said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO. “We are in a very unique position to impact sustainability along the manufacturing and agricultural value chains. We developed our approach to provide the best impact to both.”

In 2011, AGCO kicked off a comprehensive corporate sustainability initiative. We developed a plan to invest in projects and program development in areas that will reduce operating expenses, develop revenue opportunities, and reduce operating risks.

We are already working to design and develop solutions that address the evolving needs of farmers and reduce environmental impacts. The report, which aligns with the Global Reporting Initiative™, includes company accomplishments such as:

  • Downstream-focused innovation: In 2011, AGCO directed $275.6 million to research and engineering, a 25.5% increase over 2010.
  • Operations: Among AGCO’s largest wholly-owned sites, more than half are certified to ISO 14001 and/or the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme.  Going forward AGCO will monitor and report energy use by source and develop an energy management program that drives efficiency and cost saving across its organization.
  • Supplier relations: AGCO released the company’s Supplier Code of Conduct to build and strengthen relationships with preferred suppliers that support quality, environmental stewardship and high labor standards.

During the first half of 2012 AGCO began building the structures to drive accountability for our performance. AGCO’s development and progress will be disclosed yearly in our sustainability report.

The full report can be accessed at http://www.agcocorp.com/company/sustainability.aspx.

 

 

 

New Challenger MT700D Series Track Tractors at Farm Progress Show

The Challenger MT700D Series will be on display at the 2012 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 28–30 in Boone, Iowa.


Challenger, introduces the Challenger MT700D Series. Available in two models, the tractors are powered by AGCO POWER 8.4L diesel engines, which are built to exacting standards for smoother operation and longer life. Challenger is the original track tractor, and with the MT700D Series, the tractor created for the most demanding ag environments just got tougher.
AGCO POWER engines are not just an ordinary power plant for a tractor. The manufacturing process for these diesel engines relies on an industry-exclusive assembly process which allows us to work to exacting standards, says Carlton Self, product marketing specialist for high-horsepower tractors. The engine features a single-piece cast iron block with wet cylinder liners. This enables the engine to handle high-horsepower loads without overheating, and extends its service life. Four valves per cylinder, improved fuel regulation and combustion from a new pump and injectors, along with increased common rail pressure and SISU electronic controls, help maximize engine efficiency.
The power plant achieves Tier 4i emissions standards with industry-leading AGCO e3 clean-air technology. This approach maximizes power output while minimizing exhaust treatment costs by varying the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) rate based on real-time emission measurements.The process includes precision balancing of the cam shaft, connecting rods and bearings to the nearest gram, which reduces vibration, optimizes engine performance and extends service life.
With the new, more powerful engine and Challenger’s industry-exclusive Mobil-trac system, the MT700D Series tractors put even more power to the ground. A new, more comfortable cab and refined controls make operating a Challenger easier than ever.
All Challenger track tractors, including the new MT700D Series, are built by the experienced manufacturing team in Jackson, Minn. In addition, these tractors are supported by a dealer network that provides unparalleled support and parts availability to ensure maximum uptime.
The Challenger MT700D Series track tractors will be on display at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. For more information about these new track tractors, see your local Challenger dealer or visit www.Challenger-ag.com.
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