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Charlie OBrien, Sr VP-Association of Equipment Manufacturers
The push for agriculture productivity and sustainability has brought rapid innovation for farm machines in the US and around the globe. While global food, fiber and fuel demand promise opportunity for machinery manufacturers, the agriculture equipment industry faces real challenges from a global economic downturn, higher emission standards, uncertain U.S. tax policy and a paradigm shift in net farm income from lower commodity prices. Charlie O'Brien, Senior Vice President for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers says technology in the coming generations of farm machinery will lead to a more rapid turnover of equipment sales as producers strive to maximize both efficiency and production.
This special six-part series addresses the important political changes impacting American agriculture and rural America:
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., talks about how he plans to work through the rail issues that continue to impact the upper Midwest, priorities for the Senate Ag Committee in the 114th Congress, and why he decided to make the move from the Governor of North Dakota, where he was very popular, to a U.S. Senator.