Financial support for industry groups seeking a permanent fix for highway funding and preservation of the Renewable Fuel Standard were approved by the AEM Board of Directors on March 22 in Washington, D.C.
- The AEM Board approved a CE Sector Board recommendation to contribute $200,000 from the AEM investment reserve to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) for its “The BOLD Act” proposal. Triggered by $50,000 in matching contributions from members, the money will assist ARTBA in its efforts to achieve a permanent Highway Trust Fund revenue fix and significantly grow funding through 2017 tax reform and/or an infrastructure investment initiative.
- The AEM Board also approved an AG Sector Board recommendation to contribute $200,000 from the investment reserve to facilitate AEM’s continued participation on the Fuels America Steering Committee in 2017. Fuels America is a coalition of organizations committed to protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and promoting homegrown biofuels Once again, the contribution was triggered by $50,000 in matching contributions from AEM members.
“AEM’s support for issue-oriented coalitions such as Fuels America and ARTBA helps lead public opinion in directions that benefit our industry and the country as a whole,” said Mike Haberman, 2017 AEM Chair and president, Gradall Industries Inc. “Our backing for these groups allows AEM to leverage its resources and gives us a bigger megaphone that we can use to reach regulators, lawmakers and other officials.”
In other business, the Board:
- Congratulated and thanked Show Director Sara Truesdale Mooney, AEM Senior Vice President of Exhibitions and Events Megan Tanel, the Exhibitions team and the entire AEM staff for organizing and producing the most successful CONEXPO-CON/AGG ever.
- Supported and enthusiastically endorsed the AG show opportunity for an agreement to co-produce, co-manage and invest in an equity stake in the National Farm Machinery Show beginning with the 2018 event.
- Supported the 2017 I Make America (IMA) objectives, which include a greater focus on engagement with elected officials.
- Supported the “rural infrastructure” focus for the Infrastructure Vision 2050 (IV2050) initiative following the great success of the capstone IV2050 Challenge event at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.
- Approved the request of the Planter Seeder Leadership Group to release aggregate planter/seeder statistical data to AEM staff to illustrate how many compliant planters/seeders are in the field.
The next meetings of the AEM Board, Sector Boards and several committees will be July 18-19 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.