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Digi-Star now named Topcon Agriculture
December 15th, 2016
Digi-Star now named Topcon Agriculture

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. – December 15, 2016 – Digi-Star announces it will now be known as Topcon Agriculture Americas. Digi-Star was acquired by Topcon Positioning Systems in 2015 and has made the Fort Atkinson facility its America’s headquarters for the Agriculture division.
Kevin Klubertanz, Digi-Star president, said, “We are excited about the growth opportunities we see for Digi-Star’s customers and employees by being part of Topcon, and honored to be the Americas Agriculture hub.”  
Digi-Star products will continue to be manufactured in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and branded Digi-Star for the near future. Klubertanz said, “We are still the same company and make the same great products, we just have a new name and more solutions to offer our customers.”

Topcon Agriculture Americas is a division of the Topcon Positioning Group headquartered in Livermore, Calif. USA (topconpositioning.com). The global Topcon Agriculture Group (topconagriculture.com) headquarters is located in Turin, Italy, with the Americas regional headquarters in Fort Atkinson, Wis.  Topcon Agriculture Group provides advanced IoT connected field and farm management solutions for aftermarket and OEM customers in the agriculture industry, integrating high-precision hardware, software and data to bring efficiency and enhance productivity to every phase of the farming operations. Its brands include Topcon, Wachendorff Elecktronik, Digi-Star, RDS Technology, and NORAC. Topcon Corporation (Topcon.com), founded in 1932 is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732).
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Landmark Services Tailgate Talks on Moisture in the Bunk
October 13th, 2016
Find out what’s being added to the field of precision farming.
September 7th, 2016
Grain Cart Scale Trade-In Trade-Up 
August 30th, 2016
Harvest Technology available online
 
FORT ATKINSON, Wis. — August 30, 2016 — In an effort to demonstrate Digi-Star’s commitment to both enabling grower success in the face of challenging crop prices and the continued value of scale systems on grain carts, Digi-Star announces a promotional program that provides growers a $1000 trade-in value toward the purchase of a GT 560 Harvest Tracker system. This trade-in opportunity is available directly to growers via online portal or from a Digi-Star or Topcon local dealer.
 
This promotion is for the 2016 harvest season only and is designed to allow producers to quickly and affordably update their harvest technology, while streamlining record keeping and the ability to track loads during the hectic harvest season. The promotion provides growers a $1,000 trade-in value on a Digi-Star or any other scale head indicator, when purchasing a GT 560 Harvest Tracker System. The kit contains a scale head indicator, moisture sensor, GPS and Wi-Fi ERM communications module. It also comes equipped with AutoLog2; which is designed to allow every load weight to be captured and recorded. With the Wi-Fi ERM module, producers can utilize the Harvest Tracker App to remotely view and control the scale head from the combine or the truck while continuing to harvest. The USB provides easy export of records when needed.
 
Brian Sorbe, sales director for Topcon Agriculture serving the Americas, said, “This is an opportunity for growers to both upgrade their existing systems to the latest technology, while continuing to realize value from their previous investments in weight scale technology. Producers will need accurate documentation of their harvest and this trade-in program gives everyone an opportunity to have the tools they need now. Our dealers are eager to offer assistance with upgrades to help you get started, as your harvest season is beginning.”
 
To take advantage of this special promotion, producers can visit their local Digi-Star or Topcon dealer or online store — order the GT 560 and send Digi-Star their old grain cart scale head. Any model or brand will be accepted. The promotion ends on November 1, 2016. For more information, call 920-563-1400 or email sales@digi-star.com.

 
Topcon announces global Agriculture Group
June 7th, 2016
LIVERMORE, Calif., USA/ TURIN, Italy – June 6, 2016 – Topcon Positioning Group announces the formation of the Topcon Agriculture Group, a new global organization that further incorporates its precision agriculture business with recently acquired companies to create new connected field and farm management solutions for aftermarket and OEM customers. Global headquarters of the new group is Turin, Italy, with regional North American headquarters in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, U.S. and regional APAC headquarters in Adelaide, Australia.
“With our recent acquisitions of Wachendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star, RDS Technology and NORAC we now have the most extensive offering of field and farm management solutions in our industry,” said Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Group (TPG). “We will continue a strong focus on traditional field applications, but we now also have the sensors and software to provide comprehensive planning, process control, workflow monitoring and extensive reporting that will bring our customers the full advantages of connected farming with immediate positive effect on their productivity.”
The new global headquarters in Turin, Italy, is also a result of this added emphasis on connected farming. “Our telematics division — Tierra Telematics Design — has been located in Turin since 2008 and has had great success in both the construction and agricultural markets, particularly with important OEM clients,” said Ivan Di Federico, TPG Chief Strategy Officer and now also chairman of Topcon Agriculture. “It is our objective to bring IoT (Internet of Things) solutions into the ag business that will link all the mechanics of farming to provide a workflow automation framework necessary to achieve sustainable and profitable agriculture.”
Fabio Isaia, the former Tierra CEO will now become CEO of Topcon Agriculture. “The new ag paradigm is moving towards the integration of different technologies to collect data from heterogeneous sources, which is exactly where we see our business going,” Isaia said. “Similar to other sectors, our mission will be to mine ‘big data’ to find information that will help customers to ‘harvest’ knowledge and make educated decisions to improve their workflows and business, with valuable ROI. Furthermore, we are planning to create an eco-system that will allow our customers and their partners to integrate seamlessly any data source and data model.”
RFDTV Market Day Report Features Digi-Star's Champion Contest
May 19th, 2016
Three Benefits of Accurate Animal Weights
May 18th, 2016
4th Annual Digi-Star Champion Contest Starts May 1!
May 2nd, 2016
Win a Stockweigh scale
Fort Atkinson, WI. – May 1, 2016 – Digi-Star announces the 2016 Digi-Star Champion Contest runs May 1 – May 31. Youth livestock exhibitors enter by posting a picture of their 2016 livestock project to Digi-Star's Facebook page.  The participant’s photo receiving the most votes will win his or her choice of an Alleyway or Wrangler Jr. Livestock scale and a StockWeigh 300 indicator.
 
Tyler Gibson of VA had the winning photo in 2015, He chose a Wrangler Alleyway Livestock scale with a StockWeigh 300 indicator as his prize.
 
“Digi-Star values the opportunity to support the future of agriculture. The Digi-Star Champion contest is just one of the ways we can share our passion with the next generation,” said Nicole Dempsey, Digi-Star Animal Products manager.
 
Recognizing that access to a scale often limits this key measurement process, Digi-Star developed the Digi-Star Champion Contest in 2013.  The exhibitor whose picture receives the most Facebook votes by midnight, May 31, 2016, will be the winner.  After the contest ends, anyone that entered will receive a special discount code for Digi-Star's online store. The contest is open to all youth under 21 years of age in Canada and the Continental U.S. exhibiting livestock during the 2016 show season.
 
In an ongoing effort to support youth livestock education, Digi-Star also offers specific discounts to Vo-Ag instructors for livestock scale systems purchased online at Digi-Star.com.  Instructors simply need to call 800-225-7695 and request the Vo-Ag coupon code. For more information call 920-563-1400 or email: sales@digi-star.com.
 
Digi-Star LLC (digi-star.com), a Topcon Positioning Group company, is headquartered in Fort Atkinson, Wis., with additional facilities and businesses in the Netherlands and United Kingdom. Digi-Star LLC is a global supplier of electronic sensing equipment, precision sensors, displays and software used by farmers and other equipment operators to precisely measure and analyze valuable data from critical farming processes.
 
 
Metzger Joins Digi-Star
April 11th, 2016
Metzger Joins Digi-Star

Fort Atkinson, Wis.April. 6, 2016 – Digi-Star introduces Eric Metzger as the newest addition to its sales team.  Metzger will serve as senior OEM accounts manager with accounts throughout the U.S. and Canada. 
“An assertive, results driven professional, Eric will be a valuable addition to Digi-Star,” said Jack Danner, Digi-Star national sales manager. 
Prior to accepting his new position, Eric worked as a solutions manager in the dairy industry.  He spent an additional 11 years with Case New Holland in a variety of roles leading up to his final position as product marketing manager.
Metzger has a B.S. in business from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. He will be based out of the Digi-Star Fort Atkinson facility.
 
Digi-Star announces new Scharmüller K80 coupling system with integrated weighing technology.
March 18th, 2016
Digi-Star introduces the GT 560 Scale Indicator 
February 19th, 2016
Harvest Tracker System
January 14th, 2016