Using Farm Bureau’s member benefit to save on the purchase of a Caterpillar skid steer, Shawano County Farm Bureau vice president and member Bob Krause purchased a Caterpillar skid steer from Fabick Cat Sales in Green Bay and saved $1,000.
Bob, his wife Doreen, and their son, own a 400-acre cash grain farm in Shawano County near Krakow.
The family uses the skid steer primarily for snow plowing, bringing in hay bales from the fields and picking rocks with a stone bucket.
Bob said that he has worked with Fabick for other equipment in the past but when he went in to see what skid steers were available, the Fabick ag specialist salesperson, Eric Driessen, asked if he was a Farm Bureau member.
“When I said that I was a member, Eric called the Farm Bureau office for my member number and then printed the member benefit certificate,” said Bob. “He cut me a good deal on a new machine.”
Driessen added that the Caterpillar partnership with Farm Bureau is great for everyone involved.
“The partnership is great for the customer and beneficial for Fabick and Farm Bureau,” said Driessen. “The Farm Bureau member benefit is the first thing I mention when I start working with potential customers. Knowing there is potential for saving money when it comes to a major purchase, it propels the conversation in a positive direction.”
Wisconsin Farm Bureau members can save up to $5,000 on the purchase or lease of eligible Cat wheel loaders, small and medium dozers, backhoe loaders, compact track loaders, multi-terrain loaders, skid steer loaders, telehandlers or mini hydraulic excavators and excavators.
Members also receive an additional $250 credit on work tool attachments purchased with new Cat machines.
These discounts can be combined with any current retail discount, promotion, rebates or offers available through Caterpillar or its dealers, with the exception of the Cat NCBA membership incentive.
You must present the certificate at the time of purchase or lease quote to receive the discount. One certificate is required per machine. Eligible Farm Bureau members may obtain an unlimited number of certificates, but certificates do expire.
Bob has served on the Shawano County Farm Bureau board of directors since 2008 and serves as the vice president. He also serves as chair of the legislative and local affairs committee and is a member of the donations committee.
For several years, Bob also was the chair of the Shawano County Farm Bureau’s brunch on the farm committee and organized Shawano County’s premier dairy promotion event each June. Each year, the Shawano County Brunch on the Farm showcases a different farm and informs 2,500 to 4,500 visitors about life on a farm and agriculture.
For more information about Farm Bureau member benefits, please visit wfbf.com/membership/member-benefits.
Testimonial originally appeared in the October|November 2020 Rural Route.