We fiercely advocate for the policy interests that affect our community of equipment manufacturers, on an international, federal, state, and local level.


Policy Issues

Our relentless advocacy efforts are fueled by American policies that have the potential to advance our industry's equipment manufacturers. Infrastructure, increasing exports and domestic energy are a few of the many issues we stand behind. Where do you stand?

State Dealer Laws

AEM represents manufacturers’ interest when legislation is introduced that changes the balance between dealers and manufacturers.

Dealer/Contractor Issues

Almost all AEM manufacturers distribute their products through independent dealers located throughout the world. Over the decades, these manufacturers and their dealers have developed partnerships that have stood the test of time and the marketplace. The contracts that have evolved are a function of the type of products, the nature of their markets and their combined experience.

Implements of Husbandry

A couple of states have recently studied the impact of farm equipment on local roads and bridges. AEM supports the need to make investment in rural roads and bridges.

Right to Repair

Several states are considering legislation to provide access to proprietary diagnostic systems to independent repair services.

Rural Wireless Broadband Access

Right now, rural broadband deployment across croplands does not meet the needs of production agriculture, in particular farm machinery.

Renewable Fuel Standard

The AEM Board adopted a comprehensive energy policy statement that addresses domestic energy production including conventional and renewables with a focus on implementing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as Congress intended.

Transportation Infrastructure

The Highway Trust Fund (HTF) is the predominant vehicle for supporting federal investment in road and bridge construction, maintenance and repair projects. The HTF faces a projected shortfall, though, because its primary revenue source – the gas tax – has not kept pace with inflation.

Manufacturing Tax Provisions and Section 179

AEM’s tax policy agenda is centered around a number of issues of particular importance to equipment manufacturers, including the corporate tax rate, bonus depreciation and Sec. 179 expensing, the estate tax, agriculture equipment depreciation, the R&D tax credit and specific provisions of the international tax code.

Farm Bill

Farm policy has a major impact on the health of the Ag economy, which is a key driver of manufacturing employment. Congress needs to act this year to reauthorize the Farm Bill, which was last passed in 2014, and which serves as a vital safety net for production agriculture.

Spray Drift

Drift from agricultural sprayers remains a focus of EPA and AEM continues to engage the agency to educate them on industry’s technological innovations to increase precision application.

Pollinator Health

US and Canadian regulators began to look at the fugitive dust exhaust from air planters when planting seed treated with insecticide after an incident in European resulted in mass bee fatality.

Expanding Global Opportunities for Manufacturers

Equipment manufacturers of all sizes and sectors trade with the world to find new customers, grow jobs domestically and improve our country’s competitiveness in an increasingly interconnected economy. Currently, ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside the borders of the United States. Equipment manufacturers need policies and trade agreements in place that help us reach these consumers and compete successfully in an increasingly tough global economy.

Robotic Milking Machines

AEM is working closely with the Food and Drug Administration to update their regulatory framework to reflect the modern realities of advanced milking systems.

Identifying Non-Tariff Trade Barriers

AEM’s member companies operate and export globally. At times foreign governments try to inhibit the importation of machinery outside of legal norms or previously signed agreements. AEM works with member companies to identify non-tariff trade barriers and address these issues directly with foreign governments.

Business Visa Issues

AEM hosts trade shows around the world. Given the large contingent of international trade show attendees, business visa issues can arise preventing individuals from traveling to and from the U.S. to participate at our shows.

IPR Protections and Grey Markets

IPR conditions in developing countries such as China and India remain daunting. Aspects of intellectual property rights, trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy are still rampant, largely due to an inadequate enforcement regime.

International Standards

AEM maintains a robust Tech and Safety Department which works directly with member companies to develop international standards and industry best practices. Given the global scope of our industry, international standards play an important role in the future engineering and development of machinery.

Supporting Manufacturing Exports

The U.S. Export-Import Bank is the national export credit agency. Since 1932, the Ex-Im Bank has provided billions of dollars in export credit and insurance to U.S. manufacturers, and generated revenue for the U.S. Treasury.

Economic Impact of the Equipment Manufacturing Industry

This 2017 report, prepared by the global research firm IHS Markit, captures the economic footprint of the equipment manufacturing industry in the United States and Canada. The report details the industry's impact on total employment, sales output, contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), labor income and state and federal tax revenue generated.

North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has facilitated manufacturing growth across North America since its adoption a quarter century ago. Canada and Mexico are the top two export markets for U.S. manufacturers of agricultural and construction machinery, and the equipment manufacturing industry depends on unfettered access to global markets for success. NAFTA is the world’s largest free trade area representing over $1 trillion a year in trade between all three countries.

Steel Imports

In 2017 The Trump Administration opened a “Section 232” investigation into the impact of steel imports on the national security of the United States. The Secretary of Commerce has recommended a wide range of options to deal with aluminum and steel dumping in the United States, including potentially higher tariffs. Steel is an important input for many members of the equipment manufacturing industry.

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