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Shoppa’s: Proud to Collaborate with Peers Nationwide for Progressive Technology Solutions

In 2018, Shoppa’s ISG department joined together with peers nationwide to share ideas and solutions for technology issues. Arthur Etheridge, Integrated Solutions Manager for Shoppa’s, says the group has provided cutting-edge insight into solving technology solutions for customers. Read the entire article from Precision Farming Dealer by clicking here.

“These guys see problems that we’re all going to see eventually, and it’s best if we know sooner rather than later how to deal with something…” – Arthur Etheridge

Precision Roundtable/Precision Farming Dealer
Arthur Etheridge

Hometown Exotics: My John Deere Tractor Story

If you’ve ever driven from Houston to Austin, you’ve probably passed by FreBo Ranches. Home to buffalo, zebra, deer and other exotic animals, FreBo offers highway views of animals you can usually only see at a zoo. Learn more about FreBo Ranches in today’s John Deere Tractor Story!

TERP Grants Program: Do I Qualify?

Last week, Shoppa’s began helping eligible customers apply for the 2021-2022 Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) program. The grants, which are part of the Texas legislature’s efforts to improve air quality in specific counties, are part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP). Grant recipients typically receive significant funding to apply toward new equipment.

The owner of this tractor received a $71,117 TERP grant toward the purchase of new equipment.

Qualifying Locations

Here in the Houston area, you must use your equipment at least 55% of the time in any of the following counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange and Waller.

TERP Counties
Map: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Qualifying Equipment

Equipment used mostly for competition or recreational purposes is not eligible for funding. Qualifying equipment includes:

  • On-road heavy-duty vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,501 pounds
  • Non-road equipment powered by an engine rated at 25 horsepower or greater
The owner of this tractor received a $17,000 TERP grant toward the purchase of new equipment.

Contact Us for Help with the TERP Application

Think your old equipment might qualify for a TERP grant? Call us at 979-335-4887 to talk with our team about applying for the grant and exchanging your old tractors for updated, better-performing equipment. Applications can be accepted now through January 11, 2020.

Learn More

Visit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s website for detailed information on the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.

The Snakebite: My John Deere Tractor Story

Earlier this fall, 4-year-old Jathan Muras was bitten by a copperhead and had to spend several days in the hospital. What helped cheer him up during his recovery? (Hint: Lots of green and yellow!) Learn more in today’s video featuring the Muras family’s John Deere Tractor Story.

Michael Jones: My John Deere Tractor Story

When first-time tractor owner Michael Jones started looking for equipment to help manage his land in Bastrop, he initially considered a number of different brands. Discover why he ultimately decided on a John Deere 3025E from Shoppa’s in today’s John Deere Tractor Story!

Your Top 3 Construction Equipment Questions: Answered

With our construction specials in full swing this month, we asked our experts — Shawn Meinkowsky and Richard Potts — for your top three FAQ. Here’s what they said:

How much extra is a cab unit vs. a canopy unit?

Prices vary depending on the model, but are usually in the $4,000-$6,000 range.

What do I need to run a mulching attachment?

We recommend the John Deere 333G compact track loader with the severe-duty door and high-flow hydraulics. The forestry package is also recommended as a dealer-installed option for your safety.

Are these units keyless? How do I prevent theft?

Most units are keyless. Keyless-start units may be programmed with a three-to-five-digit owner code (plus multiple operator codes) to prevent theft. The owner code and/or operator codes can be changed by the owner at any time. The owner has the option to choose “Prompt for Lock,”, “Auto Lock – 5 minutes” or “Auto Lock – 60 minutes.” The owner can also disable the anti-theft feature at any time.

Bonus Question! What is the lift or load capacity of a John Deere CTL?

Tipping load/safe lift capacity varies by model, but typically is 10,570 pounds. Please tell us what jobs or tasks that you plan on using the machine for so that we can recommend a model with enough lift capacity to suit your needs.

New Year’s resolutions – Farm Edition

At the beginning of the year, thousands of people place a list of resolutions on the fridge and think this is going to be the year. The year of getting fit, eating healthy, try something new, traveling, or maybe just being nice to others or getting organized. Have you ever thought of having a New Year’s resolution for your John Deere equipment? We have a list of resolutions that can easily be applied to your farm, ranch or lawn care equipment.

  • Maintenance – Bring your equipment for its yearly maintenance. This could include an oil change, hydraulic hoses checked or replaced, etc. This is just an easy way to reduce the time spent trying to fix something during your busy season.


  • Inspections – while your equipment is in the shop, go ahead and have it inspected. Shoppa’s technicians may find an issue that could save you headaches in the future.
  • Stock up on oil, filters, and net wrap – Now is a great time to stock up on all your supplies such as oil, filters and net wrap. Not sure if you want to stock up? Well then check out our filter sale during the month of January.r4d087288_rrd
  •  Store your service manager’s number into your phone – I know this may sound like a weird resolution, but having your local service manager’s number stored into your phone could save you valuable time when you are broke down in a field.
  • Winterize your lawn mower – What a better way to get your lawn mower ready for the mowing season than to put all new blades, belts and getting an oil & filter change during the winter months? Getting this done as a New Year’s resolution will save you time and possible money later.

New Year’s resolutions offer a lot of benefits to a person whether it is health, finances, or just trying to be productive. All our New Year’s resolutions can help reduce potential stress, it’s always cheaper to buy in bulk and have everything maintained, and it will allow you to increase productivity. So, make sure you stop by your local Shoppa’s dealer to start your New Year’s resolution off right.