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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.

 

 

 

Fendt Debuts New 700 Series Tractors at Farm Progress Show

Fendt delivers a new level of row crop & loader work versatility & performance in 110 to 195 PTO HP tractors.The tractors will be on display at the 2012 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 28-30 in Boone, Iowa.


Built for superior row crop, transport and loader-tractor performance, each of the six new models offers more horsepower and 10 percent better fuel economy than previous models. The tractors boast best-in-class operator control and maneuverability from exclusive Fendt features like the available VarioActive steering. The 700 Series has a redesigned front axle, capable of handling 12.5 tons while turning at a 52-degree angle. As a result, the 700 Series has a tighter turn radius and the toughness to balance the demanding loads typical of field work, loader applications and using front-mounted implements. A high-visibility cab and enhanced ride-comfort top off enhancements featured in the series.
“The new Fendt 700 Series tractors offer exceptional visibility, maneuverability and power-to-weight ratio, making them among the most versatile tractors for farmers and custom operators during both field and loader work. These tractors are truly all-around workhorses,” says Carlton Self, product marketing specialist, high horsepower tractors. “They now have all of the exceptional ride-comfort expected from the latest-generation Fendt tractors and — as a bonus — even greater fuel efficiency.”
A featured addition for the 700 Series is the all-new five-post cab with a vertically panoramic front windshield and full-length right-hand window, bringing the 700 Series cab visibility in line with wants and needs of the most discerning operators. The VisioPlus cab offers 77 degrees of upward visibility. Plus, unlike many competitive tractors that offer no cab suspension, all 700 Series cabs are carried on either mechanical or pneumatic suspension systems.
The 700 Series offers the exceptionally reliable and productive power dairy farmers, hay growers, specialty crop producers and custom operators have come to expect from Fendt. The new series is capable of handling up to 39,600 pounds gross weight. Like all Fendt tractors, the 700 Series is carefully engineered to transfer more horsepower to the ground.
The 700 Series tractors offer 22 equipment connections, including six rear and two front double-acting hydraulic valves, factory-installed front and rear three-point hitches, and full ISOBUS connection. All this connectivity ensures versatile operation and trouble-free teamwork between the tractor and implement.
The Fendt 700 Series tractors are rated with a maximum rear lift capacity of 21,120 pounds, so even heavy, rear-mounted implements can be lifted to the fullest height with ease.
Front-axle suspension, with leveling control, and a mechanical three-point cab suspension ensure an exceptional driving experience. For the highest level of comfort, the tractor can be equipped with pneumatic cab suspension and active seat suspension.For more information visit your Fendt dealer or fendt.com/us.

Happy International Youth Day!


 

When looking to build a better future for our world, it is only practical that we consider our world’s youth. Plain and simple, the youth of the world are the world’s future. In December of 1999, the United Nations officially declared August 12th as International Youth Day(IYD).

IYD seeks to highlight good practices in developing and expanding successful partnerships with people. This year’s theme is “Building a better world—partnering with our youth.” The UN is encouraging organizations to form partnerships with the youth. Some encouraged areas of partnership are employment, education, and entrepreneurship.

This summer, I was given an opportunity to intern with AGCO from May to early August.

As my final week as an intern comes to a close, I have had some time to look back on my experience with the internship program. In doing this, I have been able to reflect upon what the program meant to myself and the other interns. Whether it is your first time holding a job, or if you have been in the corporate setting before, the AGCO internship program gives you a chance to better understand the synergies between business, education and employment. My time as an intern has been a great experience. With access to various people and resources, it has given me a hands-on opportunity to apply my education and further develop the skills I will need to be successful in the labor force, and add value to my community.
Partnerships such as the one AGCO has with its interns are instrumental in providing youth with continued education and development. The boys and girls that compose our world’s youth today will eventually be the men and women making our world’s biggest decisions. This is why it is important that they receive support from people and organizations globally.
The U.N wants to hear your thoughts and recommendations about effective ways to support our young people. If you want to offer your thoughts or share your success stories, email them at youth@un.org!

 

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