Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt is the Executive Editor of Farm Equipment and the host of Ag Equipment Intelligence’s On The Record. An award-winning writer, she worked 7 years in business-to-business trade media before joining Farm Equipment in 2012. She is a journalism graduate of Marquette University.

Contact: kschmidt@lessitermedia.com

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On the Record

Biden's Executive Order Keeps Right to Repair in the Spotlight

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's episode we take a look at President Joe Biden's recent executive order that encourages the Federal Trade Commission to make rules related to Right to Repair. In the Technology Corner, Ben Thorpe discusses the results of the 8th Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study and what precision technology strip-tillers plan to invest in in 2021. Also in this episode: Art's Way's second quarter and frist half earnings and Kubota's results in the latest EDA Dealer-Manufacturer Relations report.
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Louisiana Governor Signs Bill to Strengthen Dealer Buyback Laws

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's program, we take a look at the recently signed Louisiana law that is aimed at strengthening dealers' positions when it comes to incentive bonuses and "coerced" stocking of parts and equipment. In the Technology Corner, Ben Thorpe takes a closer look at some of the 2021 Precision Farming Dealer Benchmark study results, including aftermarket precision sales. Also in this episode: more on CHI Industrial's acquisition of Raven, dealer optimism turns negative for the first time since April 2020 and China's corn imports from the U.S. rebounded in 2020.
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New York One Step Closer to Right to Repair

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's program we take a look at the New York State Senate's Digital First repair act, which was recently passed — marking the first chamber in the U.S. to pass a right to repair bill. In the Technology Corner, Ben Thorpe shares dealers' outlook for growing revenue from precision farming. Also in this episode, dealers report new price realization reached a 9-year high in the latest Dealer Sentiments and Business Conditions Update and the Equipment Dealers Assn. announces Claas and Branson Tractors earned top honors in the annual Dealer-Manufacturer Relations survey.
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Titan Reports 1Q Ag Revenues Up 18.6%

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's episode, Titan Machinery released its first quarter earnings for fiscal year 2022, with all segments reporting growth except for the rental and other division. This week's Dealers on the Move include Torgerson's, Hutson Inc. and Atlantic Tractor. Associate Research Editor Ben Thorpe takes a look at Deere's second quarter earnings and on the battle for market share between Deere and AGCO's Fendt brand. Also in this episode, a closer look at the used high horsepower tractor market and Kubota's first quarter results.
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Growers Remain Positive on Purchase Plans

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's episode we discuss growers equipment purchasing — and other capital investment —plans. While the Capital Investment Index from the Ag Economy Barometer went down, growers still indicated they are still optimistic about purchasing equipment. In the Technology Corner, we look at cyber security issues for dealers. Also in this episode: CNH Industrial and AGCO both have good first quarters, the rising costs of both new and used equipment and Cervus Equipment's first quarter results.
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Big Dealers Continue to Get Bigger

In this week’s program, we take a preliminary look at the 2021 Big Dealer Report. While the number of dealers operating 5 or more ag locations only increased by 1, the total number of stores big dealers operate was up by 5%. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka talks with Michael Boehlje with Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture about the shifting skillset for precision specialists. Also in this episode: the semiconductor shortage and whether it will impact ag, a look at the Biden Administration’s infrastructure bill, New Holland’s new methane-powered tractor and an improvement in ag exports to China.
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Ag Manufacturers Optimistic on 2021

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's episode we take a look at AEM's recent survey of manufacturers on their outlook for business in 2021. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka discusses precision farming dealers' revenue outlook for the year ahead. Also in this episode, a closer look at AgJunction and Raven's latest earnings reports and an update on ag credit conditions. 
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Kinze & Ag Leader File Countersuit Against Deere

The latest episode of On the Record is Now Available! In this week’s program we take a look at a recent countersuit filed by Kinze and Ag Leader against Deere & Co. in response to a patent infringement lawsuit Deere brought against the two in late 2020. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka shares how 21st Century Equipment is mainstreaming its precision department. We also take a look at both Titan Machinery and Cervus Equipment’s latest earnings report, and report on European ag machinery market sentiment.
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Equipment Demand Rises as Supply Chain Delays Continue

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's show we discuss the increases dealers are reporting in equipment demand, while inventory challenges continue. We also dig into No-Till Farmer's recent Operational Benchmark Study and where growers are planning to spend their money in the year ahead. And, we report on Alamo Group's record sales in 2020.
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More Equipment Loans Forecasted for 2021

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week’s episode we take a look at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank’s fourth quarter survey, which suggests farm equipment loans could increase in 2021. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka discusses opportunities with early order programs in the midst of ongoing shortages and delays in parts availability. Also in this episode, a closer look at Deere and Kubota’s latest earnings releases and Fendt gains market share in Europe.
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