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13.03

Gas pump confusion could be costing Americans on outdoor power equipment

News from across the pond – Confusion At The Gas Pump Could Be Costing Americans Dearly When It Comes to Outdoor Power Equipment A new study commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 2,000 U.S. adults, shows that for the sixth year in a row consumer […]

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12.03

Ripon Farm Services expands with RBM acquisition

Ripon Farm Services expands with the acquisition of RBM Agricultural  machinery specialist Ripon Farm Services is set for significant expansion following the acquisition of  the neighbouring John Deere dealer RBM Agricultural Ltd. The enlarged company will trade as Ripon Farm Services, with all existing Ripon Farm Services and RBM branches as well as all branch […]

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06.03

April 2019 | Pay changes you need to know

Are you one of the many employers confused by the terminology used for minimum pay rates? With the National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage and Living Wage, employers can be left scratching their head wondering how much they are legally required to pay their workers and who is entitled to receive it. Employers have been […]

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18.02

IAgrE CEO to retire

IAgrE CEO, Alastair Taylor, to step down after almost 6 years The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) is seeking a new chief executive, after the current CEO Chief Executive, Alastair Taylor (below), announced that he is to retire in September in order to spend more time with his wife at home in Shropshire. “I have […]

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15.02

UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – 2018 registrations by power and region

As previously reported by the AEA, overall 2018 registrations of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) were up by less than 1%, compared with 2017. Growth in registrations was primarily at the top end of the power range. Over 600 more tractors over 180hp were registered in 2018 than in the previous year, an increase of 18%. […]

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06.02

CLAAS UK Recognise Dealer Excellence

The high level of sales, service and support offered by CLAAS dealers in the UK and Ireland has been recognised by CLAAS UK in their Annual Dealer Awards. Announced at the recent Dealer Council meeting held at the CLAAS Tractor factory in Le Mans, France, the awards recognise overall dealer performance for both CLAAS products […]

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14.01

Campey to Attend GIS 2019 with Dakota and Air2G2

BAGMA member, Campey Turf Care Systems will be attending the Golf Industry Show (GIS) 2019 in San Diego with Dakota and Air 2G2 GT Air Inject. The GIS is one of golf’s premier learning and networking events and representatives from Campey, Richard Campey, Ben Taylor and Dave Harrison, will be joining colleagues from Air 2G2, […]

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14.01

Visitors vote SALTEX 2018 the best yet

The SALTEX 2018 post-show visitor survey has revealed that an overwhelming amount of attendees felt that SALTEX 2018 was the best and most vibrant show to date. SALTEX 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham has again proved to be the annual meeting place for the UK and European groundscare industries. Only at SALTEX does the industry […]

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14.01

Smart Farming Solutions at LAMMA

There was plenty of innovative technology solutions on show at LAMMA 2019’s new home, the NEC Birmingham Martin Lishman An impact and temperature logging device – to help minimise damage losses in harvested fruit and vegetables – was one of the star products at LAMMA, the UK’s largest farm machinery show. The new ImpacTrack data […]

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08.01

Important HR and Employment Law changes for 2019

With 2018, employers had to grapple many changes to HR and Employment Law. This included the introduction of the GDPR and gender pay reporting, changes to taxation of termination payments and increases to the national minimum wage. It is set to be another busy year for HR and Employment Law. So what can employers expect […]

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19.12

Technical Qualifications, New for 2022

Action required by 7 January 2019 Industry needs to respond to the few questions below by January 7th 2019. Your input is critical to developing suitable Technical Qualifications for the Landbased Engineering Sector. As you are probably aware, following Lord Sainsbury’s report on Technical Education, the Government published a Skills Strategy which included a commitment […]

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19.12

STIHL to make BTME Debut in January 2019

STIHL have announced that they will be attending the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association’s BTME exhibition for the first time in 2019. Taking place at the Harrogate International Centre from January 22-24, STIHL will be using BIGGA’s show to showcase its full range of grounds care products, including its new range of professional lawn mowers. The company’s full range will be […]

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19.12

BAGMA Connect Meeting 2019

BAGMA Connect is a new working group within the British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association reporting to the BAGMA Council of Representatives. The first meeting of 2019 will be held on 15 January 2019 at STIHL’s Head Office, Surrey. BAGMA Connect has a core group of members with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and secretary dealing […]

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19.12

SIMA 2019 – An All Round Perspective on Farming Issues

The 78th edition of SIMA, the international agri-business show, will be held from 24 to 28 February 2019 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. Providing confirmation of its vitality and reach, world leaders in the sector have already booked their space. More than ever in tune with the current concerns of the farming world, the […]

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14.11

Find a Professional Agricultural Contractor

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has launched a new, revitalised website at www.naac.co.uk, featuring an improved, easy to navigate ‘Find a Contractor’ area. Finding a professional contractor has never been simpler, with all NAAC members on the website having appropriate insurance cover and agreeing to comply with an NAAC Code of Conduct. The […]

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14.11

Record graduation for CLAAS apprentices

The success of the CLAAS Apprenticeship scheme was evident at the recent graduation where a record number of apprentices received their Graduation certificates A total of 25 young technicians received their certificates at the Graduation Ceremony held at the CLAAS Training Academy at Saxham. Of these, 21 students were studying for the CLAAS Agricultural Technician […]

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14.11

BAGMA at SALTEX 2018

Well-established at the NEC now after the trauma surrounding the move from its traditional Windsor Racecourse venue, the IOG’s SALTEX-2018 show this year had a good feel about it with a steady stream of visitors on both days and exhibitors reporting good inquiries. One BAGMA member, Guy Overton, even said he was “very busy”. As […]

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13.11

The CLIMMAR-Index: the business cycle of European Ag machinery dealers at a glance

During their annual congress in October 2018 in Prague, 15 national members associations experienced a world premiere, when the new “CLIMMAR-Index” was shown for the first time. The index describes the current dealers and service situation in nearly 19.000 companies in 16 members-countries at a glance in just one single number. The new CLIMMAR-Index is […]

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13.11

Making Tax Digital – How will it affect your business?

With less than a year to go, bira approved service partners, TaxAssist Accountants highlight what you need to know about Making Tax Digital for Business, and guide you through what steps to take to prepare for the change. HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) ambition is for the UK to become one of the most digitally […]

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17.10

CLIMMAR Congress Overview

At the CLIMMAR congress, a new project group dedicated to the garden machinery branch premiered. Another premiere, a world premiere even, was the launch of the CLIMMAR branch index. The new garden machinery branch project group will focus on creating branch reports that reflect the economic situation and trends for garden machinery dealer’s business and […]

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17.10

OPEI Issues Statement on Expansion of E15 Sales to Year-Round announcement by President Trump

Bio Ethanol Fuel On 9 October 2018, President Donald Trump moved to make it easier to sell more ethanol in vehicle fuel, delivering a victory to corn farmers and biofuel producers in the USA that could translate to long-term market gains. Trump said he had signed a memo telling the Environmental Protection Agency to lift […]

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16.10

Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) 2018 conference to focus on knowledge exchange in agricultural engineering

Conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Carlton House, London SW1Y 5DG on Tuesday 6 November 2018 Successful collaboration between industry and research institutions is crucial to bring new technologies and innovations into the agricultural supply chain. This conference will explore positive engineering partnerships between industry, research and academia. The conference is for everyone […]

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16.10

SALTEX 2018: Pre-registrations up & outdoor demos a sell out

Event organisers have reported a significant increase in pre-show visitor registration ahead of SALTEX 2018, which takes place at The NEC, Birmingham on 31 October – 01 November. It certainly is encouraging times for the show which will be celebrating its 73rd anniversary. Since moving to the NEC, the show has grown steadily in terms […]

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15.10

BREXIT | What happens to employee rights if there is no deal?

Concerns have been mounting as we head towards March 2019 without clear signs that a Brexit deal with the EU can be reached. The government has taken the step of publishing a series of guidance in the event that a deal cannot be struck.  In its ‘Workplace rights if there’s no Brexit deal’ document, the […]

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18.09

Royal Honour for R T Machinery

BAGMA member R T Machinery has been awarded a Royal Warrant for supplying and servicing groundcare equipment Family-run R T Machinery Ltd began serving the Royal Household and the Queen in 2001 – when it started trading. The Buckinghamshire dealer held an open day on the 5th September for their customers and suppliers. The day […]

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18.09

David Kirschner and Peter Arrand to help shape new T-level qualifications

9 employer-led panels have been announced this week which will shape the new T-level programmes in Animal Care and Management; Agriculture, Land Management and Production; Human Resources; Management and Administration; Catering; Craft and Design; Cultural Heritage and Visitor Attractions; Media, Broadcast and Production; and Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics which will be first taught from 2022. […]

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18.09

Tool Sharpening Scam Returns, Dealers be Aware

The tool sharpening thugs seem to be back in action, this time in the Plymouth area. As we’ve previously done, members are advised not to engage with this gang and to report any approaches to their local police. Sadly, and despite the number of reported incidents it seems very difficult to get the police involved […]

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17.09

New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger

ANNOUNCEMENT – New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger The Hunt and Smales families are very pleased to announce that as of this week an agreement has been reached whereby R Hunt Ltd and New Forest Farm Machinery Ltd will merge to form a new company, Hunt Forest Group. New Forest Farm Machinery is […]

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13.08

An update on the Vnuk issue…

BAGMA have been reporting on the Vnuk case for well over a year now. The main issue relates to the insurance of vehicles that are used off the public highway and the outcome could have a dramatic effect on all highway activities and insurance premiums. In recent years, we have reported on the threat posed […]

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13.08

AL-KO Gardentech Strengthens International Market Position

In order to strengthen its international market position, the German AL-KO Gardentech will acquire the English garden machinery supplier and BAGMA member Rochford as on 1 August 2018, subject to completion. The parties agreed on confidentiality regarding the financial terms. Rochford, based in Wincanton, England, is one of UK´s leading Garden Machinery suppliers in the […]

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10.08

Adam Wyatt, Product Technical Manager, Valtra UK and EIRE

We are pleased to announce that as of June 18, 2018, Adam Wyatt has assumed the role of Product Technical Manager, Valtra UK and EIRE reporting to Jaakko Liukko, Manager, Field Service, Valtra EME. Adam Wyatt is responsible for managing, directing and coordinating the activities of the Field Service and Technical Helpdesk team. Work in […]

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10.08

New Innovation Hub at SALTEX 2018

We’ll be attending SALTEX on October 31 and November 1 New for 2018, SALTEX visitors can expect to see and experience the very latest groundscare ingenuity in a new area on the show floor which is purely dedicated to innovation and new concepts in grounds management through its new Innovation Hub. SALTEX plays host to […]

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17.07

Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2017/18

Being injured by cattle is the biggest killer in agriculture Figures published in the Health and Safety Executive’s report ‘Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2017/18’ show 33 people were killed as a result of farming and other agriculture-related activities during the year. Being injured by an animal – work with […]

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16.07

New CEMA President

Anthony van der Ley (LEMKEN) elected new President of CEMA “It will be important to showcase how innovative the agricultural machinery industry is” Brussels, 21 June 2018 – Anthony van der Ley, CEO of LEMKEN GmbH, was elected new President of CEMA (www.cema-agri.org), the trade association representing the producers of agricultural machinery in Europe. Commenting […]

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16.07

Trailblazer Apprenticeships – July 2018

Industry standards explained at special workshop Over 50 dealers and industry representatives attended a full day workshop outlining the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards at Pershore College on Tuesday 10 July 2018. The meeting, chaired by Alastair Taylor, (CEO IAgrE) was organised by LE-TEC (Landbased Engineering Training and Education Committee Ltd), the umbrella organisation set up by the Agricultural Engineers […]

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13.07

CLIMMAR 2018 magazine on the internet

CLIMMAR, the international dealers network of 16 National European dealer trade associations, proudly presents its 2018 magazine. It gives a detailed overview of the activities of our members from all over Europe representing a total of 19.185 dealers and 157.299 employees. They all ‘fuel’ the success of CLIMMAR as an umbrella association. They all ‘fuel’ the […]

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13.07

A Royal Farewell at the Royal Highland Show

Last month BAGMA attended the Royal Highland Show 2018. A fantastic day, we met with members and guests who were able to take advantage of our hospitality, expert advice and stand guests. bira’s outgoing CEO Alan Hawkins and his wife, Madeline, visited Scotland’s iconic celebration of farming, food and rural life, the Royal Highland Show, […]

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14.06

New Managing Director for Kubota (UK) Ltd

Kubota Holdings Europe is delighted to announce the appointment of David Hart as Managing Director of Kubota (U.K.) Ltd. With over 28 years of leadership experience, David Hart brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the agricultural and construction industries. After graduating with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, David started his career in Agricultural […]

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14.06

STIHL Launches Dedicated New Dealer Website

STIHL has launched a website dedicated to potential new dealers, highlighting the manufacturer’s commitment to its retail network and simplifying the application process for new partners. The new website has been specifically designed to showcase the benefits of becoming a STIHL dealer and offers insight into the tools dealers can access to enhance their business […]

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14.06

BAGMA National Dealer Survey/Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) 2017/2018

Each year BAGMA sends out a survey questionnaire around June for its National Dealer Survey or DSI. For the second year running we are sending the survey in a digital format, but only to the head offices of those companies we have listed as a holding tractor franchise. The questions are the same and the […]

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13.06

BAGMA at the Royal Highland Show 2018

BAGMA are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Royal Highland Show 2018 in our usual place in Avenue Q No.216, between 21 to 24 June 2018. We would like to invite all members and their guests to visit us on our stand during the show and take advantage of our hospitality, […]

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13.06

SALTEX 2018 Visitor Registration is Now Open

Event organisers have announced that their registration for SALTEX 2018 is now officially open. SALTEX 2018, Europe’s largest annual event for groundscare professionals, takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 31 October and 1 November and visitors can now register their attendance for free via the newly-designed website. The new website has been built to […]

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22.05

The Benefits of Safety Training

By law, a basic knowledge of H&S and fire awareness is essential for ALL employees in ALL industries. Of course, this costs money and time (both of which are likely to be in short supply). But, remember, there are major business benefits to be gained from safety training. By cutting accidents and ill health and […]

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21.05

Robin Nettle 1949 – 2018

It is with a great deal of sadness that we are reporting the passing of BAGMA member and industry icon Robin Nettle of Winchester Garden Machinery. His funeral was held on the 17th May at St.John’s Church, Arlesford near the family home. Toby, Robin’s eldest son read the eulogy with fondest and some amusing references […]

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16.05

Milk Industry Scheme at Hartpury Delivers First Set of Graduates

A pioneering milk industry scheme being delivered at Hartpury College and University Centre Hartpury has reached an important landmark. The first group of students on the Parlour Safe programme – supported by all the major milking equipment manufacturers – at Hartpury have successfully completed the ground-breaking course. The qualification leads to engineers being registered as […]

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14.05

AEA Welcome Robert Crook – AEA Technical and Standards Engineer

The Agricultural Engineers Association is delighted to announce that Robert Crook has joined the AEA team in the role of Technical and Standards Engineer. This is a newly created position within the organisation to strengthen the existing Technical and Standards Group. Robert’s responsibilities will be primarily in the farm equipment sector supporting the Industry’s input […]

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17.04

The new TANGO E5 Series II from John Deere

John Deere’s TANGO E5 Series II robotic mower is designed to make life easier by maintaining your lawn automatically, in sunshine or rain and at any time you choose. You’ll never have to mow the grass yourself again. This next generation mower features a new operator interface and smarter navigation technology, so it’s even simpler […]

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17.04

All rodenticide users encouraged to update knowledge

Farmers, gamekeepers and pest controllers are being encouraged to undertake knowledge updates to maintain their professional competence in the use of stewardship-label rodenticides. In its response to UK Rodenticide Stewardship’s 2017 annual report, the Government panel that oversees the regime says continuing professional development (CPD) is particularly important. “Management of environmental risks relies on high […]

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17.04

Online Marketplace Fraud Advice For Sellers

Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller […]

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16.04

AEA appoint new president

Christopher Cooper, product marketing manager of popular lawn care brands, Hayter and Toro, was recently named President of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). In his new role, Christopher hopes to focus on encouraging more young people to pursue career opportunities in the industry and helping to further promote and advance the interests of AEA members. […]

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12.03

Ripon Farm Services expands with RBM acquisition

Ripon Farm Services expands with the acquisition of RBM Agricultural  machinery specialist Ripon Farm Services is set for significant expansion following the acquisition of  the neighbouring John Deere dealer RBM Agricultural Ltd. The enlarged company will trade as Ripon Farm Services, with all existing Ripon Farm Services and RBM branches as well as all branch […]

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06.02

CLAAS UK Recognise Dealer Excellence

The high level of sales, service and support offered by CLAAS dealers in the UK and Ireland has been recognised by CLAAS UK in their Annual Dealer Awards. Announced at the recent Dealer Council meeting held at the CLAAS Tractor factory in Le Mans, France, the awards recognise overall dealer performance for both CLAAS products […]

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14.01

Campey to Attend GIS 2019 with Dakota and Air2G2

BAGMA member, Campey Turf Care Systems will be attending the Golf Industry Show (GIS) 2019 in San Diego with Dakota and Air 2G2 GT Air Inject. The GIS is one of golf’s premier learning and networking events and representatives from Campey, Richard Campey, Ben Taylor and Dave Harrison, will be joining colleagues from Air 2G2, […]

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Visitors vote SALTEX 2018 the best yet

The SALTEX 2018 post-show visitor survey has revealed that an overwhelming amount of attendees felt that SALTEX 2018 was the best and most vibrant show to date. SALTEX 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham has again proved to be the annual meeting place for the UK and European groundscare industries. Only at SALTEX does the industry […]

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19.12

Technical Qualifications, New for 2022

Action required by 7 January 2019 Industry needs to respond to the few questions below by January 7th 2019. Your input is critical to developing suitable Technical Qualifications for the Landbased Engineering Sector. As you are probably aware, following Lord Sainsbury’s report on Technical Education, the Government published a Skills Strategy which included a commitment […]

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STIHL to make BTME Debut in January 2019

STIHL have announced that they will be attending the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association’s BTME exhibition for the first time in 2019. Taking place at the Harrogate International Centre from January 22-24, STIHL will be using BIGGA’s show to showcase its full range of grounds care products, including its new range of professional lawn mowers. The company’s full range will be […]

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SIMA 2019 – An All Round Perspective on Farming Issues

The 78th edition of SIMA, the international agri-business show, will be held from 24 to 28 February 2019 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. Providing confirmation of its vitality and reach, world leaders in the sector have already booked their space. More than ever in tune with the current concerns of the farming world, the […]

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14.11

Find a Professional Agricultural Contractor

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has launched a new, revitalised website at www.naac.co.uk, featuring an improved, easy to navigate ‘Find a Contractor’ area. Finding a professional contractor has never been simpler, with all NAAC members on the website having appropriate insurance cover and agreeing to comply with an NAAC Code of Conduct. The […]

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10.08

New Innovation Hub at SALTEX 2018

We’ll be attending SALTEX on October 31 and November 1 New for 2018, SALTEX visitors can expect to see and experience the very latest groundscare ingenuity in a new area on the show floor which is purely dedicated to innovation and new concepts in grounds management through its new Innovation Hub. SALTEX plays host to […]

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16.07

New CEMA President

Anthony van der Ley (LEMKEN) elected new President of CEMA “It will be important to showcase how innovative the agricultural machinery industry is” Brussels, 21 June 2018 – Anthony van der Ley, CEO of LEMKEN GmbH, was elected new President of CEMA (www.cema-agri.org), the trade association representing the producers of agricultural machinery in Europe. Commenting […]

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08.01

Important HR and Employment Law changes for 2019

With 2018, employers had to grapple many changes to HR and Employment Law. This included the introduction of the GDPR and gender pay reporting, changes to taxation of termination payments and increases to the national minimum wage. It is set to be another busy year for HR and Employment Law. So what can employers expect […]

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19.12

Technical Qualifications, New for 2022

Action required by 7 January 2019 Industry needs to respond to the few questions below by January 7th 2019. Your input is critical to developing suitable Technical Qualifications for the Landbased Engineering Sector. As you are probably aware, following Lord Sainsbury’s report on Technical Education, the Government published a Skills Strategy which included a commitment […]

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13.11

Making Tax Digital – How will it affect your business?

With less than a year to go, bira approved service partners, TaxAssist Accountants highlight what you need to know about Making Tax Digital for Business, and guide you through what steps to take to prepare for the change. HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) ambition is for the UK to become one of the most digitally […]

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17.10

CLIMMAR Congress Overview

At the CLIMMAR congress, a new project group dedicated to the garden machinery branch premiered. Another premiere, a world premiere even, was the launch of the CLIMMAR branch index. The new garden machinery branch project group will focus on creating branch reports that reflect the economic situation and trends for garden machinery dealer’s business and […]

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15.10

BREXIT | What happens to employee rights if there is no deal?

Concerns have been mounting as we head towards March 2019 without clear signs that a Brexit deal with the EU can be reached. The government has taken the step of publishing a series of guidance in the event that a deal cannot be struck.  In its ‘Workplace rights if there’s no Brexit deal’ document, the […]

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17.04

The new TANGO E5 Series II from John Deere

John Deere’s TANGO E5 Series II robotic mower is designed to make life easier by maintaining your lawn automatically, in sunshine or rain and at any time you choose. You’ll never have to mow the grass yourself again. This next generation mower features a new operator interface and smarter navigation technology, so it’s even simpler […]

By Bira | Read more

All rodenticide users encouraged to update knowledge

Farmers, gamekeepers and pest controllers are being encouraged to undertake knowledge updates to maintain their professional competence in the use of stewardship-label rodenticides. In its response to UK Rodenticide Stewardship’s 2017 annual report, the Government panel that oversees the regime says continuing professional development (CPD) is particularly important. “Management of environmental risks relies on high […]

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Online Marketplace Fraud Advice For Sellers

Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller […]

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16.04

AEA appoint new president

Christopher Cooper, product marketing manager of popular lawn care brands, Hayter and Toro, was recently named President of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). In his new role, Christopher hopes to focus on encouraging more young people to pursue career opportunities in the industry and helping to further promote and advance the interests of AEA members. […]

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Etesia dealership signals growth for Country Machinery

Etesia UK has announced the appointment of Country Machinery Ltd, based in Driffield, East Yorkshire as its newest dealer. Country Machinery, a family run business providing sales, services repairs and parts for all grounds care machinery, has enjoyed rapid growth since its establishment in 2012 – as managing director Karl Terry explains. “Initially I started […]

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13.03

Gas pump confusion could be costing Americans on outdoor power equipment

News from across the pond – Confusion At The Gas Pump Could Be Costing Americans Dearly When It Comes to Outdoor Power Equipment A new study commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 2,000 U.S. adults, shows that for the sixth year in a row consumer […]

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12.03

Ripon Farm Services expands with RBM acquisition

Ripon Farm Services expands with the acquisition of RBM Agricultural  machinery specialist Ripon Farm Services is set for significant expansion following the acquisition of  the neighbouring John Deere dealer RBM Agricultural Ltd. The enlarged company will trade as Ripon Farm Services, with all existing Ripon Farm Services and RBM branches as well as all branch […]

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06.03

April 2019 | Pay changes you need to know

Are you one of the many employers confused by the terminology used for minimum pay rates? With the National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage and Living Wage, employers can be left scratching their head wondering how much they are legally required to pay their workers and who is entitled to receive it. Employers have been […]

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18.02

IAgrE CEO to retire

IAgrE CEO, Alastair Taylor, to step down after almost 6 years The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) is seeking a new chief executive, after the current CEO Chief Executive, Alastair Taylor (below), announced that he is to retire in September in order to spend more time with his wife at home in Shropshire. “I have […]

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15.02

UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – 2018 registrations by power and region

As previously reported by the AEA, overall 2018 registrations of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) were up by less than 1%, compared with 2017. Growth in registrations was primarily at the top end of the power range. Over 600 more tractors over 180hp were registered in 2018 than in the previous year, an increase of 18%. […]

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06.02

CLAAS UK Recognise Dealer Excellence

The high level of sales, service and support offered by CLAAS dealers in the UK and Ireland has been recognised by CLAAS UK in their Annual Dealer Awards. Announced at the recent Dealer Council meeting held at the CLAAS Tractor factory in Le Mans, France, the awards recognise overall dealer performance for both CLAAS products […]

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14.01

Smart Farming Solutions at LAMMA

There was plenty of innovative technology solutions on show at LAMMA 2019’s new home, the NEC Birmingham Martin Lishman An impact and temperature logging device – to help minimise damage losses in harvested fruit and vegetables – was one of the star products at LAMMA, the UK’s largest farm machinery show. The new ImpacTrack data […]

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08.01

Important HR and Employment Law changes for 2019

With 2018, employers had to grapple many changes to HR and Employment Law. This included the introduction of the GDPR and gender pay reporting, changes to taxation of termination payments and increases to the national minimum wage. It is set to be another busy year for HR and Employment Law. So what can employers expect […]

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19.12

Technical Qualifications, New for 2022

Action required by 7 January 2019 Industry needs to respond to the few questions below by January 7th 2019. Your input is critical to developing suitable Technical Qualifications for the Landbased Engineering Sector. As you are probably aware, following Lord Sainsbury’s report on Technical Education, the Government published a Skills Strategy which included a commitment […]

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STIHL to make BTME Debut in January 2019

STIHL have announced that they will be attending the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association’s BTME exhibition for the first time in 2019. Taking place at the Harrogate International Centre from January 22-24, STIHL will be using BIGGA’s show to showcase its full range of grounds care products, including its new range of professional lawn mowers. The company’s full range will be […]

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14.01

Campey to Attend GIS 2019 with Dakota and Air2G2

BAGMA member, Campey Turf Care Systems will be attending the Golf Industry Show (GIS) 2019 in San Diego with Dakota and Air 2G2 GT Air Inject. The GIS is one of golf’s premier learning and networking events and representatives from Campey, Richard Campey, Ben Taylor and Dave Harrison, will be joining colleagues from Air 2G2, […]

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14.11

BAGMA at SALTEX 2018

Well-established at the NEC now after the trauma surrounding the move from its traditional Windsor Racecourse venue, the IOG’s SALTEX-2018 show this year had a good feel about it with a steady stream of visitors on both days and exhibitors reporting good inquiries. One BAGMA member, Guy Overton, even said he was “very busy”. As […]

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16.10

Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) 2018 conference to focus on knowledge exchange in agricultural engineering

Conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Carlton House, London SW1Y 5DG on Tuesday 6 November 2018 Successful collaboration between industry and research institutions is crucial to bring new technologies and innovations into the agricultural supply chain. This conference will explore positive engineering partnerships between industry, research and academia. The conference is for everyone […]

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SALTEX 2018: Pre-registrations up & outdoor demos a sell out

Event organisers have reported a significant increase in pre-show visitor registration ahead of SALTEX 2018, which takes place at The NEC, Birmingham on 31 October – 01 November. It certainly is encouraging times for the show which will be celebrating its 73rd anniversary. Since moving to the NEC, the show has grown steadily in terms […]

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18.09

Royal Honour for R T Machinery

BAGMA member R T Machinery has been awarded a Royal Warrant for supplying and servicing groundcare equipment Family-run R T Machinery Ltd began serving the Royal Household and the Queen in 2001 – when it started trading. The Buckinghamshire dealer held an open day on the 5th September for their customers and suppliers. The day […]

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Tool Sharpening Scam Returns, Dealers be Aware

The tool sharpening thugs seem to be back in action, this time in the Plymouth area. As we’ve previously done, members are advised not to engage with this gang and to report any approaches to their local police. Sadly, and despite the number of reported incidents it seems very difficult to get the police involved […]

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17.09

New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger

ANNOUNCEMENT – New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger The Hunt and Smales families are very pleased to announce that as of this week an agreement has been reached whereby R Hunt Ltd and New Forest Farm Machinery Ltd will merge to form a new company, Hunt Forest Group. New Forest Farm Machinery is […]

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13.06

BAGMA at the Royal Highland Show 2018

BAGMA are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Royal Highland Show 2018 in our usual place in Avenue Q No.216, between 21 to 24 June 2018. We would like to invite all members and their guests to visit us on our stand during the show and take advantage of our hospitality, […]

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21.05

Robin Nettle 1949 – 2018

It is with a great deal of sadness that we are reporting the passing of BAGMA member and industry icon Robin Nettle of Winchester Garden Machinery. His funeral was held on the 17th May at St.John’s Church, Arlesford near the family home. Toby, Robin’s eldest son read the eulogy with fondest and some amusing references […]

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13.02

Tool Sharpening Scam, Dealers be Aware

BAGMA and others have previously reported a particularly nasty scam about a tool sharpening service and threats of violence if the fee charged is not paid even when it has not been agreed. Below is an account of an actual instance of this scam which was reported to the police. Some details have been left […]

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