Dale Minyo’s new truck has arrived and will be rolling down Ohio’s roadways, trailer in tow, proclaiming a bold and positive agricultural message for all to see.
“People definitely notice the new wrap,” Minyo said. “And we always get a tremendous response from the positive agricultural message we have to share.”
The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has a V6 3.0 liter engine that is B20 compatible. Minyo’s best mileage to date has been 30 miles per gallon and he generally gets 17.5 to 20 miles per gallon pulling the trailer. The truck also has an eight-speed transmission for increased fuel efficiency, a tow rating of up to 9,250 pounds and 20-inch rims. As of Aug. 6, the truck had 4,100 miles.
“People can’t believe it is a diesel because it is really quiet and people are amazed at the fuel mileage,” Minyo said. “They make them nice today. It has the same amenities that any luxury car would have. I don’t even have to put the key in the ignition. I can leave the keys in my pocket for everything from starting it up to locking the doors.”
Minyo’s truck and it’s agricultural mission fit in nicely with the bigger picture for Ram Trucks as the company works to build a closer relationship with agriculture through its new Certified Agriculture Dealership program. This certification lets farm families know that staff members at certified dealerships understand the uniqueness of their business. It also signals the dealerships commitment to the timing of harvest, calving season and third cutting hay by adjusting parts of its operations to accommodate the unique demands of each commodity, and every season.
To become the first Ohio Certified Agriculture Dealership, White’s Ram of Urbana was required to select three team members to successfully complete a curriculum prepared by it’s agriculture partners.
With the initial curriculum complete, the White’s Ram team will now participate in a continuing education effort that synchronizes their learning with everything important to Ohio agriculture, as it happens. Ongoing education, combined with what specialists learned through the initial curriculum, will allow the dealership to become a real-time partner with area agriculture by anticipating and meeting the changing demands of its family farm customers.