Workforce Development

FWEDA's Annual Silent Auction supports the scholarship program

FWEDA’s Annual Silent Auction supports scholarships


The 2019-2020 FWEDA scholarship deadline for applications is Oct. 1. FWEDA scholarships assist with paying for the cost of training, re-training or advancement of employees or potential employees of Far West equipment dealers to create a larger pool of qualified, committed long-term employees for those dealership. Scholarship awards are currently set at $1,000 per recipient, per school year; FWEDA will contribute $1000 provided the dealer contributes $1000. The intent of this scholarship is to provide dealer training funds. Applications for the 2019-20 school year must be received in the Association office by August 1, 2019  Scholarship Application >>

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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.


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.

Sharing Solutions Opioid Public Heath Crisis

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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 >>


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

EDA Student Resources Database


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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