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Ricky Carabello Awarded 2019 FWEDA Scholarship by Belkorp Ag

Belkorp Ag's Ricky Carabello earns 2019 FWEDA Scholarship

Ricky Carabello of Belkorp AG in Modesto, California, was awarded a 2019 FWEDA Scholarship to pursue a career specializing in risk and process management. Carabello is a parts specialist at Belkorp AG and is working to complete an Associate of Arts degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences from Modesto Junior College.

He plans to attend CSU Stanislaus in the fall of 2020 to study AG Economics.

2020 FWEDA Scholarship Application >>


Successful dealerships are driven by effective, qualified leaders who easily adapt to the changing face of the industry. FWEDA COACHES supports dealer business and workforce development with a new collective of industry expertise in business consulting, training and education, and technician assessments.  LEARN MORE >>

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A dealer outlook survey ranked recruiting and retaining qualified labor as a critical priority in the new year. “As the business of equipment dealerships grows more sophisticated, and in some cases complex, the need to recruit and retain talented people throughout the business is also stressing dealers,” Ag Equipment Intelligence reported in its 2020 Dealer Outlook and Trends Survey. Dealers in the Pacific/Mountain region covering FWEDA’s territory represented just 10 percent of survey respondents.  READ MORE >>

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October 16-18, 2019
Louisville, Kentucky
Register for the Equipment Dealer Foundation’s Workforce Development Summit and get complimentary registration to the Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) is the largest trade show for outdoor power equipment, lawn and garden equipment, light construction and landscape equipment. Secure your spot today – discounted hotel rates expire August 29. See the dealer preview, free concerts, and more.


Recruiting talent for equipment dealerships can seem like navigating the perfect storm these days. Unemployment claims are at a 49-year low. The unemployment rate fell below 4 percent in the past year, its lowest since 2000. Job growth has averaged more than 200k, peaking in early 2019 at more than 300k. Despite job growth wages are not keeping pace with inflation. Statistics show participation in the labor force is unstable with a steady decline since the economic fallout of 2008. Labor force participation has hovered around 62 percent for the past two years. Read more >>


The Equipment Dealers Foundation has launched an educational marketing campaign designed to increase public awareness about career opportunities for Service Technicians within the Agricultural industry. EDF aims to familiarize parents and educators of middle and early high school students about the benefits enjoyed by Service Technicians, and about the advantages those students can have in pursuing those careers by developing their skills and backgrounds at an early age. LEARN MORE >>


Click on the Equipment Dealers Association Student Resource Database to identify resources in your area for students interested in pursuing or furthering a career as an equipment technician in the United States or Canada. If you have questions, suggestions or need assistance using this database please contact or 636-349-5000. To SUGGEST A RESOURCE for consideration in the database please email EDA at

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FWEDA supports association members in keeping pace with the growing demand for qualified dealership sales, parts, service, technical and management teams. Recruiting and retaining committed, long-term employees is critical to dealer businesses. Far West extends scholarships for training and education through certification, trade school and college programs. August 1, 2020 is the deadline for Scholarship Applications for the 2020-21 academic year.  2020 FWEDA Scholarship Application >>

FWEDA's Annual Silent Auction supports the scholarship program
FWEDA's Annual Silent Auction supports scholarships


We're partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for the Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided. Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include - education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

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Succession Planning: Challenges and Resources

Jason Orton, of Orton's Equipment in Stratford, Calif., examines succession planning among family-owned equipment businesses to better understand the future of this industry segment. Read more >>

Western Center for Agricultural Equipment

The teaching program at the University of California at Davis sees roughly 300 students in eight regularly scheduled courses. More than two dozen analysts comprise research programs. The outreach component has about 500 people attending various programs and events.

The Joe A. Heidrick Western Center for Agricultural Equipment is a teaching, research, and outreach facility of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Equipment. Located just west of Highway 113 adjacent to West Village, the center is aspite to be a zero net-energy community. The 18,000-square-foot building includes the Paulsen Lecture Room with kitchen, the Olsen General Teaching Lab, the New Holland Project Demonstration Lab, the Far West Equipment Dealers Training Wing, and the Mehlschau Design and Development lab.

Western Center for Agricultural Equipment
154 Hills Drive
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA 95616
530-752-1898 / 530-848-6446

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