INDUSTRY NEWS TRIMBLE ADDS TO ITS VANTAGE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK Trimble has added four new partners in North America and Europe to its Vantage distribution network – a global network of independent partners that provide growers, advisors, retailers, co-ops and local original equipment manufacturer dealers with precision agriculture expertise. The new partners in the Vantage network include: • Vantage South Atlantic, a new authorized reseller based in Warsaw, NC. Vantage South Atlantic will provide Trimble total farm solutions throughout Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern part of Tennessee. • Vantage Manitoba, established from Trimble’s authorized reseller in Canada, AgWest Ltd. Located outside of Winnipeg, MB, Vantage Manitoba will provide Trimble total farm solutions throughout the province. • Vantage ES, established from Trimble’s authorized reseller in Germany and Austria, geo-konzept GmbH. Vantage ES’s central office is located in Adelschlag, Germany, and will offer Trimble total farm solutions throughout the eastern and southern states of Germany and the whole of Austria. • Vantage Northwest Germany, established from Agrometius BV, Trimble’s authorized reseller in the Benelux region. Based in Lippetal-Herzfeld, Vantage Northwest Germany focuses on Trimble total farm solutions for growers, contractors and crop advisors throughout the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Bremen and Hamburg. Vantage partners complete extensive training to install, set up and support the entire Trimble precision agriculture portfolio from planning through reporting. The Trimble agriculture portfolio has evolved from guidance and flow and application control systems to now include advanced solutions for irrigation and water management, agronomy coaching, plant health monitoring, soil analysis, variable rate application, and desktop and cloud-based management. For additional information about Vantage, visit vantage-ag.com. LICA NAMES CONTRACTOR AND ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AT ANNUAL CONVENTION AGPS IS NOW POWERED BY XMC Entrepreneur of the Year: John Weatherhead (left) and winner Matt Palmer. Contractor of the Year: Steve Gerten (left) and winner Lee Bunting. All past presidents standing at the Caterpillar Awards. The crowd at the associate’s night. 6 DRAINAGE CONTRACTOR | MAY 2017 David Rule (right) passing his president’s pin to Brad McArdle XMC Machine Control is a partnership of Mike Cook’s Soil and Water Management Systems, Pulsar Mechatronics and other machine control dealers to bring contractors a combined 100 years of machine control expertise. XMC will continue to operate in the agriculture and construction markets. The XMC partnership's combined expertise allows the company to custom-build solutions for niche markets, listen to customers and create specific targeted solutions. There will be no more general use construction or adapted ag systems that are not specifically built to fit a job. Product interfaces will be modernized to make systems more efficient for the operator. XMC will support AMW customers and AGPS customers. XMC prompts customers looking for expert support to team up with experts so they are the first to know of product updates. For more information, use the contact page found at agpsinc.com.