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With 2013 coming to a close, CEEDA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide CEEDA Briefing subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday January 9, 2014.



20. A milking robot controlled by a smartphone
The Huffington Post
July 25, 2013: What's a family farm? How is technology changing farming today? While farming may evoke the picture of tractors in the field and rubber boots in the barn, the truth is that dairy farming is serious business and the investment and advancement in technology has made farms more efficient and sustainable. The use of some remarkable automated milking systems, which allow cows to choose themselves when to be milked and keeps information about each cow's production, has gone up steadily in popularity since they were first introduced in Canada nearly 15 years ago.
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19. Gleaner introduces first Class 8 transverse rotary combine
Farm Equipment
Aug. 22, 2013: Gleaner, the transverse rotary combine brand from AGCO, introduced the Gleaner S8 Super Series combines to a packed hall of dealers and customers in Wichita's Hartman Arena. More than 1,500 people were on hand as Gleaner unveiled a full line of Tier 4 Final, Class 6 through Class 8 platforms and the industry's first Class 8 transverse rotary combine to dealers and customers during a launch program broadcast live on RFD-TV.
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18. CNH Industrial: Introducing a tractor-making giant
The Wall Street Journal
Oct. 3, 2013: New standalone company CNH Industrial begins trading on the NYSE and in Milan, drawing an end to an ownership structure with Italian automaker Fiat that was as tangled as a plate of spaghetti. Fiat's three-year-long decoupling of its commercial trucks, farm machinery and construction equipment businesses has largely been overshadowed by Fiat's pursuit of a majority stake in U.S. car maker Chrysler since 2009.
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17. Kubota enters hay tools and spreaders market
Farms.com
Oct. 24, 2013: Kubota Tractor Corporation announced that it will enter the U.S. hay market in 2014 with an all-new line of Kubota Hay Tools. The new machinery further expands Kubota's strength in the agricultural market, and will allow its dealers to serve as a convenient, one-stop destination for Kubota tractors, hay implements and spreaders. The new implements will be produced by Kverneland Group, a leading international company that develops, produces and distributes agriculture machinery.
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16. Dragline dangers: are you in the kill zone?
The Western Producer
Nov. 7, 2013: Dragline hose systems that feed slurry injection implements can carry 2,500 gallons per minute at 130 pounds per sq. inch, powered by 550 horsepower engines. 
 It's a potentially fatal combination, said Ben Puck of Puck Custom Enterprises in Iowa. 

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15. Utility tractors from Ransomes Jacobsen
Pitchcare
Sept. 12, 2013: Ransomes Jacobsen has introduced the new range of Iseki TJA tractors comprising two models rated at 80 PS and 100 PS. These powerful and versatile workhorses are suitable for landscape and groundscare contractors, farmers and local authorities, where a range of implements can be used for a host of tasks. At the heart of the tractor is a SISU manufactured three-cylinder turbo diesel engine that has excellent torque characteristics whilst maintaining high fuel efficiency.
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14. Clever snow plough for pickups launched
Farmers Weekly Interactive
April 18, 2013: The snow may have finally gone away but if you don't have a telehandler or tractor to call on next time it hits, TBR Accessories might have the answer. It's a retro-fit snow plough that can be attached to almost any four-wheel drive car or pickup and was spotted at the Commercial Vehicle Show.
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13. How 3D printing works for ag equipment parts
Farm Industry News
Oct. 10, 2013: Printing an object in three-dimensional form, called 3D printing, has been around since the 1980s. But it has received more attention lately because of the materials now used for printing, along with a concurrent price drop for 3D printers, which are reaching levels consumers can afford. Companies like Amazon.com and Staples, for example, are advertising 3-D printers for under $2,000.
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12. Honda builds crazy 135-MPH lawn tractor
Automobile Magazine
July 18, 2013: Honda introduced a new model that goes 0-60 in four seconds and has a better power-to-weight ratio than most supercars. No, it's not a motorcycle, and no, it's not the next NSX. Surprise! It's the new Mean Mower, created in concert with the company's British Touring Car Championship partner, known as Team Dynamics. Honda U.K. says the Mean Mower is the world's fastest lawnmower, and with its estimated top speed of 135mph, it's hard to doubt their claim.
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11. Versatile enters track market
Farm Equipment
June 27, 2013: Versatile, Canada's only tractor manufacturer, is introducing a brand new tractor for the North American market. The new Versatile DeltaTrack, a four-track machine with industry-leading technology, is the first track machine to carry the Versatile name. The Versatile DeltaTrack was designed to offer an integrated track solution.
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