A new apprentice program by John Deere gives ag equipment dealers more options to address the shortage of service technicians. Deere announced this week it has received approval from the U.S.
Labor Department for its new Registered Apprenticeship Program. The effort will provide dealers with a formalized, on-the-job and technical training plan to help them develop more highly skilled employees. Through participation in the apprenticeship program, dealers formally commit to developing talent in the earn-while-you-learn program. A participating apprentice benefits from structured, on-the-job training in partnership with an experienced mentor.
As training progresses, apprentices are rewarded for new skills acquired. At the end of the program, students will receive a nationally recognized journeyworker certificate. The Program complements Deere’s existing Deere Tech Program. Tim Worthington, a customer support manager with John Deere, says the program can “improve a dealer’s productivity and profit potential as employee turnover costs are reduced and employees are retained longer.” Deere says those interested in participating in the program should contact their local dealer.
Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which allows multiple computers to store identical transaction records, is still in its infancy. Yet interest in blockchain and enthusiasm about its bevy of potential benefits has led to a flood of investment and pilot programs from companies around the world as they race to harness its power to aid tracking and transparency.
Blockchain innovations in agriculture are numerous but have been slow to gain industry-wide acceptance, particularly in the realm of global agriculture commodity trading. According to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, blockchain application to commodity agricultural trade brings a unique set of challenges. Obstacles include grain blending along the supply route and a lack of digital documentation within sections of the supply chain. However, digital solutions are evolving quickly, creating an environment where blockchain technologies may become more viable in ag commodity trading in the future.
“Previous attempts to digitalize trade finance with tools like bank payment obligation have been slow to take hold, raising doubts among some market participants about new digitalization efforts like blockchain,” said Tanner Ehmke, manager of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division. “Nonetheless, banks and agribusinesses remain keen on finding distributed ledger solutions to deploy industry-wide and potentially achieve efficiencies from faster transaction speeds, less cumbersome documentation, and simpler and faster payments between buyers and sellers around the world.”
Blockchain data for grain traded on the inland river system would also have to integrate with systems for ocean-going vessels heading to international markets, thereby requiring international standards for data and governance. Given the current geo-political environment in global trade, such an evolution in international cooperation will likely be years in the making.
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