Ben Thorpe

Ben Thorpe

Ben Thorpe is the Associate Research Editor of Farm Equipment and Ag Equipment Intelligence. He joined Lessiter Media in 2019 after 1 year working with the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers. He graduated with a writing degree from Carroll University.

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Precision Farming Dealer Summit 2021 Recap

Preparing Your Dealership to Sell & Service Autonomous Equipment

Two dealers provide insight into how dealerships should plan for the future and an autonomous equipment fleet.

Autonomy is on the horizon for the ag equipment industry. Between John Deere’s 2019 driverless tractor concept and Raven Industries accepting preorders for its Autonomous AutoCart, the reality of farmers purchasing and utilizing autonomous equipment is only growing.


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2020 BENCHMARK STUDY

Precision Outlook: Dealers Shift Focus to Application Hardware, Maintain Need for Training

Training for staff and customers as well as application technology hardware came in as dealers’ top priorities for the future of their businesses
The Precision Farming Dealer 2020 Benchmark Study showed several shifts in dealers’ expectations for their future revenue. Topping the list of revenue sources considered important for growth was application technology hardware, reversing its 3-year downward trend.
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2019 BENCHMARK STUDY

Part 4: Dealer Priorities Trending Toward Data Management & Staff Training

Data analysis, staff retention and avenues to navigate the ag economy topped the list for dealer focuses in 2019 and beyond.
This year has shown interesting new developments in market sentiments, with dealers continuing to slowly move away from hardware and steer sharply toward data management for future revenue, according to the seventh annual Precision Farming Dealer Benchmark Study.
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