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Where Can I Find A Tech?

[Author: Tom Junge, 07.17 | Keywords: Iowa Field Director, Technicians] Where can I find a tech? This is a question Iím frequently asked by dealers. As a matter of fact, one day in early June I heard it from not one, but three dealers.  Finding technicians has been a...

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Looking Into the Future

[Author: Andrew E. Goodman, 05.17 | Keywords: Executive Insight] In my column in the August 2014 issue of The Retailer, I cited a chart published by the Federal Reserve of Kansas City titled, “Gross Farm Income and Net Returns to Farm Operators” covering 1910 to 2010....

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Recruiting for Technology

[Author: Andrew E. Goodman, President/CEO, 03.2017 | Keywords: Executive Insight, Recruiting] The critical issue of recruiting and training top notch service technicians has been addressed in past issues of The Retailer. Traditionally, these articles focused on...

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Sessions Begins in Nebraska

[Author: Mark Othmer, 01.17 | Keywords: Nebraska Field Notes, Nebraska Legislature] The first session of the 105th Nebraska Unicameral got underway on January 4, 2017. What is traditionally a day filled with pomp, circumstance and expectations of a smooth session with...

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Top Ten Member Issues

[Author: Andrew Goodman, 11.2016 | Keywords: Executive Insight, Member Issues] In the December 2014 issue of The Retailer, I wrote about the top 10 issues facing our members. At that time, the top 10 issues were 1) taxes, 2) inventory, 3) buildings, 4) economic...

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Election Results in Nebraska

[Author: Mark Othmer, 11.2016 | Keywords: Nebraska Field Notes, Election] Another election season has finally concluded and I think it is safe to say that everyone is elated that itís over. As I traveled across Nebraska, the most common theme I heard was, ìEnough...

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Are We There Yet?

[Author: Tom Junge, 11.2016 | Keywords: Iowa Field Notes, State of the Industry] Are we there yet? Weíve all been asked this before, especially when traveling by car. Iím a numbers guy. When Iím driving I often find myself calculating the Estimated Time of Arrival...

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Election Year Thoughts

[Author: Mark Othmer, 07.2016 | Keywords: Nebraska Field Notes, Election] As the summer heat sets in, those involved with Nebraska agriculture often find themselves wishing for rain from Mother Nature and depending on the reliability of the pivot irrigation system....

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DIY Equipment Repairs

[Author: Andrew Goodman, 05.2016 | Keywords: Executive Insight, DIY, Right to Repair] Legislative bill 1072, known as the “Fair Repair Act,” was introduced to the Nebraska Legislature by State Senator Ken Haar on January 20, 2016, and heard by the Judiciary Committee...

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Nebraska Legislative Recap

[Author: Mark Othmer, 05.2016 | Keywords: Nebraska Field Notes, Nebraska Legislation] The 104th legislature, 2nd session, of the Nebraska Unicameral came to a close on April 20, 2016. Since this was the 2nd session of the 104th legislature, all bills not acted on or...

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Industry Relations

[Author: Andrew Goodman, 03.2016 | Keywords: Executive Insight, Industry Relations] In the May 2000 issue of The Retailer, I wrote about the relationships between dealers and manufacturers and factors affecting those relationships. At that time, manufacturers had...

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Remembering “the 80s”

[Author: Tom Junge, 03.2016 | Keywords: Iowa Field Notes, The 80s] Most dealers agree that ag conditions today are not the same as they were in the 1980s due to lower interest rates and lower farm debt. However, dealers continue to debate whether or not the farmerís...

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2016 Legislative Review

[Author: Andrew Goodman, 01.2016 | Keywords: Executive Insight, Legislative Review] This past summer, each of INEDA’s state legislative committees met to discuss policies for the 2016 legislative sessions. Following those committee meetings, our staff liaisons and...

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Iowa Sales Tax: Extended warranty

[Author: Tom Junge, 01.2016 | Keywords: Iowa Field Notes, Extended Warranty] With the influx of extended warranty sales by dealers (John Deere PowerGard, Case Protection Plan, New Holland Purchased Protection Plans and AGCO Protection) and the number of calls I have...

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