Association Notes U.S. – Winter 2020


The bad and the good closes out an ugly year

The show won’t go on

Out of concern for public health and safety, the 2021 Western Farm Show City has been canceled by the Western Equipment Dealers Association, the event producer. The show was scheduled Feb. 19-21, 2021, at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Given the long history of this event as one of the Midwest’s premier farm shows, this is a very disappointing step to take,” said Show Manager Ken Dean. “But it is the responsible decision for the protection of everyone involved during the current pandemic.”

Dean noted the 2021 show would have marked its 60th anniversary, a milestone that will be celebrated instead the following year. “We thank our show attendees, exhibitors and staff for their continued support and look forward to bringing back the Western Farm Show with all of its attractions for the 2022 season,” Dean said.

Jeff Overbey

Moving in…

Jeff Overbey recently joined the staff at Equipment Dealer Consulting LLC. Serving as an Accountant/CPA, Overbey will work with EDC clients on a variety of tax and accounting matters.

Overbey has an impressive background, with over 25 years of extensive experience in corporate, external reporting, financial risk, and general ledger accounting.

Moving up…

Mike Kerr

In a significant step forward in planned efforts to develop and install the next generation of executive leadership at Federated Insurance, Chairman and CEO Jeff Fetters has announced the following:

Michael G. Kerr has been appointed the organization’s president and chief executive officer. Kerr has been with Federated for 39 years.

Nicholas Lower

Nicholas R. Lower has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer. Lower has been with Federated for 21 years.

While Fetters voluntarily relinquished his role as CEO, he will retain his duties and responsibilities as chairman of the Federated Mutual Insurance Companies. These changes went into effect January 1.


“It is with tremendous pride and complete confidence that we announce these important leadership changes,” Fetters said. “Mike Kerr and Nick Lower are proven leaders who breathe life into our organization’s mission each and every day. We have been tremendously fortunate to benefit from their contributions over the years and look forward to the future they will help shape for our company and clients.”


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Too cool not to share

Photo courtesy of Blenheim Gallery and Garden

Turns out dealers and farmers aren’t the only ones to find a use for old and rusty iron. Shown here is a life-size horse sculpture made from “old farm machinery, rusted out carts, boxes of discarded tools, and odds and ends.”

The artist (sculptor) is Matthew Sloane, a native of Tasmania, Australia. The horse has been on display in Tasmania at the Blenheim Gallery and Garden. But it’s coming to North America. Its new home will be Brooklyn, New York.


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