The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-04-18T03:34:37Z More than a job with RDO, the world’s biggest JD dealer 2019-04-18T03:34:37Z more-than-a-job-with-rdo-the-world-s-biggest-jd-dealer (April 17, 2019) – The world’s largest John Deere dealer, RDO Equipment, is upskilling employees and recruiting new team members ahead of launching as John Deere’s Construction and Forestry dealer in all Australian states apart from Western Australia on May 1, 2019. RDO was established in the US in 1968 by Ron Offutt, then a 26-year-old potato farmer, in Casselton, North Dakota. More than 50 years later, RDO Equipment has more than 75 locations in the United States, and partnerships in Africa, Australia, Mexico, Russia, and Ukraine. Ron’s son Ryan is responsible for the company’s international operations, and he has just spent two weeks in Australia preparing for the local John Deere launch. “The business has grown, but our core values and commitment to people have not changed,” Ryan says of RDO’s evolution. Ahead of the launch RDO is recruiting in all parts of its business, and is particularly looking for diesel fitters. The company plans to significantly increase the profile and presence of the John Deere Construction and Forestry brands in the market and needs a committed team to help it achieve its vision. The company will be introducing the complete line of John Deere Construction and Forestry equipment to the Australian market for the first time. From May 1st RDO Equipment will be supporting customers from nine branch locations. “We have a substantial investment program over the coming years, with new facilities planned in several locations across Australia – we want to make sure our team has what they need to get the job done.” He says RDO puts tremendous value on a committed workforce and is defying some of the dominant employment trends like rapid turnover and profits before people, to focus instead on the long-term success of their employees and customers. “It may not be the way the world is going, but that doesn’t deter us. We are not afraid to put people first,” he says. In fact, Ryan says RDO refers to its headquarters as the field support office, because everything that happens there is to support the team that supports the customer. He says RDO’s existing and new employees have lots of scope to grow their career in a stable, global company. “We’re looking for people who want to get in on the ground floor of a growing company. We want people who really believe in what we are doing.” “We have an incredibly strong and consistent culture which includes empowering local managers so they can focus on their customers. Our team includes staff with extensive experience and long-term service. Partnership is a central theme for RDO Equipment and Ryan says it was “by sheer luck” that a partnership opportunity brought the brand to Australia in 2012. “Our first investment in Australia came in 2012 after we were approached by Bruce Vandersee, the CEO of Vanderfield, a 14-store John Deere agricultural equipment dealer based in Toowoomba, after they read a story about us in the trade press. We got to know each other, and realised it was the right fit for both of us. Our cultures are very much aligned.” RDO acquired a 50 percent interest in Vanderfield in 2012 and then in 2015 made a further investment in Vermeer Australia. RDO is now also the world’s largest Vermeer dealer. In January 2019, RDO was named as the John Deere Construction and Forestry (C&F) dealer for Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory, taking over from Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia. The Australian sales operation will be headed by General Manager of Sales, Mark Kuhn. “We have made a significant investment in this new partnership, and John Deere has too, particularly around parts inventory and training. As an example, service team members will have access to some of the highest quality capstone training available from any OEM – that’s a great career opportunity for them. “I am very optimistic about the future of our business in Australia. It’s a fantastic country, and we have a great local team with a great culture. We’re going to be off to a great start,” Ryan said. To meet the team and see what RDO and John Deere have planned for the Australian market, come along to site 99A at The National Diesel, Dirt & Turf Expo in Western Sydney, where RDO will also be showcasing two new excavator models never offered before in Australia. For details about job opportunities with RDO visit rdoequipment.com.au/join-our-team/ (ends) Illegal activism puts jobs and safety at risk 2019-04-08T05:00:31Z illegal-activism-puts-jobs-and-safety-at-risk 8 April 2019 - The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) CEO Patrick Hutchinson has called for a strong and rapid response after activists illegally entered several member operations this morning, putting themselves, hundreds of workers and thousands of animals at risk. At least five AMIC member businesses were targeted in the invasions, led by vegan activists. The break ins were also linked to a major protest which shut down roads in Melbourne and interrupted the morning peak hour. “What we’ve seen here is a group of ideologically driven people flouting the law, at the expense of businesses and employees doing the right thing, completely lawfully,” Mr Hutchinson says. The member organisations involved are all small to medium sized regional facilities. “What this amounts to is workers in regional and rural Australia being impacted by people who are not part of their communities. They come in, they cause trouble, they create images that are not representative of the work our members do, they damage a business’s ability to operate, and then they’re gone.” Mr Hutchinson says Australia’s meat sector provides 55,000 full time jobs. It is worth $22 billion annually and meat the seventh-largest export commodity in the country. In many regional areas, the local meat processing facility is the biggest employer in town. “Of course people are entitled to their own views, but illegally entering facilities is just not okay. It creates biosecurity risks, it leads to breaches of privacy, it is potentially unsafe for the activists themselves and at the end of the day it puts at risk jobs in regional communities,” he says. “There is a genuine potential for the sector to be negatively impacted through inability to conduct business or through direct damage to premises, which could potentially lead to job losses in communities that cannot afford to lose jobs.” Mr Hutchinson says AMIC’s members are held to the very highest standards of animal welfare, in all aspects of operation. “The impact of encouraging activist encroachment onto these sites hurts hundreds and in some cases thousands of employees and their families who are working to ensure a safe and consistent food supply for Australia and the rest of the world.” Just last week the Federal Government announced a crackdown on activism, including bringing agribusiness-shaming website Aussie Farms under the purview of the Privacy Act, which comes with potential penalties of up to $400,000 for breaches. “We welcomed the announcement from government that these illegal acts will not be tolerated. Now we are keen to see the announcements backed by action. We’re aware that protesters have been removed from several sites by police, and we hope to see real penalties imposed.” AMIC is working with police and government not only to resolve this current situation but to develop improved approaches to managing ongoing activism.   “If people want to raise concerns or issues, then they must go about it in a civil way,” Mr Hutchinson says.   AMIC is the peak council that represents retailers, processors and smallgoods manufacturers and is the only industry association representing the post-farmgate Australian meat industry. -End- DOW AGROSCIENCES JOINS FORCES WITH PICSE TO ATTRACT YOUNG STUDENTS TO SCIENCE 2010-12-03T03:09:11Z dow-agrosciences-joins-forces-with-picse-to-attract-young-students-to-science Dow AgroSciences has joined forces with PICSE (Primary Industry Centre for Science Education) to help attract Australia’s future scientists to careers in agribusiness and research. The sponsorship, which will see Dow AgroSciences provide funds to help PICSE educate students and teachers about the opportunities for careers in science, is an ideal match, according to Dow AgroSciences’ Research and Development Leader for Australia and New Zealand, Dr Matt Cahill. “Today’s emerging issues – such as food production, climate change, and sustainable use of natural resources – will be solved by the scientists of tomorrow,” he said. “We need to help students choose science by Year 10 of high school to develop the skills to address these challenges.” Dow AgroSciences Developmental Biologist, Nick Willey, knew from Year 10 onwards that he wanted to be involved in agricultural research. Based at Dow AgroSciences’ field station in Breeza, Nick, now 30 years old, is now living out his ambition. “I did a week of work experience in Year 10 at the University of Sydney’s Plant Breeding Institute and I knew then that’s what I wanted to do,” said Nick. “I studied environmental biology at The University of Technology, Sydney, and I can’t imagine doing anything else with my professional career. I love my job because I get the best of both worlds – being able to use my knowledge of the chemistry and biology of plant systems to conduct field research in order to see how these interact in the environment. “Being able to do research in an area where you can see tangible results is the best part of being a scientist. You can see the benefits of the research rather than working in a vacuum. These benefits directly assist the rural community that I live in, helping to provide an environmentally sustainable and financially profitable rural sector.” Fellow scientist, Tara Biffin, aged 25, agrees. “I function a lot better doing a job that I am passionate about. To be able to see the end product and knowing I was a part of the research process is very rewarding,” said Tara. “I always wanted to do something scientific so I studied animal science at the University of Western Sydney with a major in equine studies and a sub-major in agronomy. There is a broad range of career opportunities in agricultural science out there at the moment and having a science degree has given me a lot of options. Knowing that there is a suitable career path available to me is exciting. “It’s the passion that keeps people going in any line of work and it’s the same for me. I would advise anyone considering a career in science to go for it.” Nick agrees and adds that high school students considering a career in science should do some volunteer work or work placements to see how richly varied and interesting a career in science could be. “At the moment there is a real shortage of young people for science jobs, so your career prospects once you leave uni are actually very good,” he said. PICSE, an independent organisation funded in part by the Federal Government, runs various programs including science class activities, teacher professional development, teaching resources, student camps and student industry placement programs. By immersing young high school students in the world of science, PICSE hopes to show them what exciting and varied careers are open to them. According to PICSE, approximately 30 per cent of students who were previously unsure about choosing science go on to commit to studying science at a tertiary level after taking part in the program. “By working directly with teachers and students, PICSE is able to illustrate very clearly the benefits of a scientific career,” said Dr Cahill. “By becoming part of the program, we can show students that scientific work – such as researching and developing crop protection solutions – can be very rewarding and exciting. And, of course, it gives us an opportunity to showcase our company to these future scientists, hopefully giving us an inside track on recruiting the best minds of the next generation.” Dow AgroSciences recently launched a new brand campaign to help customers understand the high level of expertise that goes into the development of each product. “We make a huge investment in developing products – from the initial idea through development, testing, manufacturing and trialling a new product,” said Dr Cahill. “This commitment is what gives our customers ‘Confidence in a Drum’. We need to attract the very best scientists both now and into the future to be able to continue providing that commitment.” The initial sponsorship agreement covers activities in New South Wales where Dow AgroSciences Australia is headquartered and has a field station at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains. Following the successful completion of the initial phase, Dow AgroSciences will consider a further, more comprehensive sponsorship arrangement. “As in any sponsorship it’s important to ensure that we’re working as a team to achieve our shared goal, which is to get more kids interested in careers in science,” said Dr Cahill. “We plan to support this program to the best of our ability and look forward to a long and rewarding association with PICSE.” "As an organisation, we rely heavily on sponsors to enable us to conduct a program of activities that will attract this country’s brightest minds to careers in science, so we’re thrilled to partner with a company like Dow AgroSciences,” said PICSE’s National Director, Associate Professor David Russell. “Dow AgroSciences’ national role in the agricultural chemical and biotechnology industries makes it a particularly attractive potential employer for future science graduates and this program will help put the company in touch with those future scientists with, hopefully, positive outcomes for both.”