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August Potato/IGSA 2010

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Around the Vine NEW PRODUCTS AND INDUSTRY NEWS McCormick Announces New CEO DULUTH, Ga.—Agricultural equipment industry veteran, Doug Rehor, has been appointed the new CEO of McCormick International USA, Inc., a division of AGCO. Rehor joins McCormick well-prepared for his role, having served in engineering, marketing, product management, technology and business performance leadership positions at CNH and AGCO. Rehor served in the U.S. Air Force for several years and later worked in the defense industry before entering the ag equipment business at-then CASE Corporation in the mid-1990s. Subsequent roles include leading engineering for implements, sprayers and specialty harvesting equipment at CNH, as well as serving in leadership positions in product management, marketing and business improvement at CNH and AGCO. McCormick and Landini offer models ranging from 23 to 213 horsepower. Visit www.mccormickusa.com. Kubota Announces New Compact Tractor-plus-Loader TORRANCE, Calif.—Kubota has combined a newly engineered, 33-hp model from its popular B series compact tractor line with a convenient quick- attach/detach loader to add more overall customer value into an economical but powerful and versatile B3300SU package. This affordable, multi-purpose compact tractor offers a 33-gross- hp/25-hp PTO, 4-cylinder, E-TVCS liquid-cooled, Kubota diesel engine, delivering an efficient blend of power and performance. This economically priced B3300SU model is engineered to take on most tasks. It offers a lot for the money, with a convenient brace-less loader frame for easy access into engine service points, hydraulic lines enclosed in the loader boom, a curved hood and curved loader boom for clear vision. This multi-task tractor/loader package offers great ground clearance of 14.6 inches. The loader control valve Sustainable Ag on the Rise NEW YORK—According to the new Rabobank U.S. Farm & Ranch Survey, more than 70 percent of U.S. agricultural producers now report they have taken a range of measures on sustainable ag practices—the highest level since the survey began in 2008. According to the survey, after a small decline in steps taken toward sustainable ag in the Rabobank Fall 2009 U.S. Farm & Ranch Survey, 72 percent of all U.S. ag producers now report that they have taken steps toward sustainable ag—the highest since the inception of the measurement. Insights from agricultural producers, communicated in the Spring 2010 Rabobank U.S. Farm and Ranch Survey, were gathered by Kaliber Americas using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews. Nearly 600 interviews were conducted in the last two weeks of March and early April. The sample group had a gross farm income of more than $250,000 with further splits for higher income groups in the three major U.S. agricultural regions. A copy of the survey and further information is available at www.rabobankamerica.com/survey. T&D Introduces New Mobile Base Station The RTR-500GSM Mobile Base Station offers unprecedented flexibility for monitoring and collecting data from virtually anywhere. By connecting T&D’s new line of RTR-500 Wireless Data Loggers through a cellular network, the system allows for monitoring from remote or mobile operating environments. The RTR-500GSM can be configured to automatically “push” current readings and recorded data to cell phones, PC’s and Servers through a variety of means, such as email, SMS or FTP. It can also send warning messages if preset limits are exceeded. With an optional GPS Receiver, current readings from Remote Unit(s) can be sent via email or FTP along with Current Location info attached. is integrated and convenient and efficient to operate. This model features the optional Kubota BH76 backhoe with a rotating backhoe operator seat. The backhoe also comes with optional 6-position mechanical thumb feature. Visit www.kubota.com. www.potatogrower.com 7

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