Study details agricultural contributions to US economy.

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According to study undertaken by Global Insight Inc and released by AEM, FEMA, and NAEDA, US agricultural equipment industry generates over $82 billion in economic activity and is responsible for nearly 250,000 jobs in all 50 states. Also, industry exports represent major source of revenue for US manufacturers. Titled Agricultural Equipment: Powering Jobs and Dollars, study was developed to present to Congress as it prepares to reauthorize current farm bill.



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New Study Details Contributions of U.S. Agricultural Equipment Industry to American Economy



$82 Billion Economic Activity, 250,000 Jobs with $8.5 Billion Payroll, Global Trade a Significant Factor

The U.S. agricultural equipment industry generates over $82 billion in economic activity and is responsible for nearly 250,000 jobs in all 50 states, and industry exports represent a major source of revenue for U.S. manufacturers, according to a study jointly released today by three major off-road equipment industry associations.

The study, "U.S. Agricultural Equipment: Powering Jobs and Dollars," was undertaken by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA), and the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA). The economic consulting firm Global Insight Inc. conducted it. (See Agstudy.aem.org)

The study was developed to present to Congress as it prepares to reauthorize the current farm bill, which expires September 30, 2007. Researchers analyzed both the direct and indirect economic activity of the industry as well as sector employment and agriculture equipment exports.

The AEM-FEMA-NAEDA study provides an in-depth look at the entire farm equipment sector, and clearly shows that its economic impact extends far beyond making the equipment used on farms.

"The study outlines how a healthy farm economy boosts the agriculture equipment industry and generates jobs and dollars for rural America," says Paul Kindinger, President/CEO, NAEDA. "It concludes sound governmental and trade policies, strong cash receipts and limited price shocks are factors in maintaining a healthy farm bottom line for farmers and ranchers."

According to the study, the agriculture equipment industry directly generates $63 billion in revenue through the two major segments of manufacturing and dealer/wholesale merchandising. When the materials, services and supplies purchased by these segments are included, the overall industry powers over $82 billion of economic activity.

The ag equipment industry employs a highly skilled labor force in both rural and urban communities and is responsible for nearly 250,000 U.S. jobs in all 50 states. Employees working directly and indirectly in the agriculture equipment industry are the recipients of a total payroll of $8.53 billion per year.

"The U.S. agriculture equipment industry not only drives farm productivity, but is an important contributor to the U.S. economy by providing well-paying jobs across the nation," noted Bob Schnell, FEMA Executive Vice President.

Exports to other countries are an important contributor to the strength of the U.S. agriculture equipment industry, according to the AEM-FEMA-NAEDA study. For example, 2005 exports of $6.2 billion worth of agriculture equipment represented over 30 percent of the total revenue in ag equipment manufacturing that year. From 2001 to 2005, exports rose 49 percent, nearly double the increase in total U.S.-manufactured goods.

"It is clear that global trade contributes significantly to the vitality of the agricultural equipment industry in the United States," stated Dennis Slater, President of AEM. "Our industry relies on trade policies that are free and fair if we are to continue to power jobs and dollars domestically."

The AEM-FEMA-NAEDA ag equipment study also discusses the tremendous regional contributions of the industry, and provides data about top states in terms of number of employees and wage levels. States included are California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. (See pages 18-23 for specific state data.)

For more information contact:

Charlie O'Brien, Vice-President Agricultural Services
AEM
(414) 298-4157

Bob Schnell, Executive Vice President
FEMA
(314) 878-2304

Mike Kraemer, Vice President, Communications/Member Services
NAEDA
(636) 349-6203

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is the North American-based international trade group serving the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. AEM numbers more than 750 companies that manufacture equipment, products and services used worldwide in the construction, agriculture, forestry, mining and utility fields. Go to www.aem.org for more on AEM and the economic impact study - see Agstudy.aem.org.

The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA) enhances business opportunities and profitability to members by providing a forum for marketing specialized farm equipment through networking, communications and technology, and a forum for purchasing materials and services. Go to www.farmequip.org for more on FEMA and the economic impact study.

The North American Equipment Dealers Association is based in Fenton, Mo. It provides educational, finance, industry relations, legal assistance, and legislative services to approximately 5,000 retail agricultural, industrial and outdoor power equipment dealers in the United States and Canada. Go to www.naeda.com for more on NAEDA and the economic impact study.

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