Friday, February 27, 2015

STIHL Rewards Young Farmers and Ranchers for Innovation & Excellence

STIHL celebrated agriculture excellence, innovation and advancement at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 2015 Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) awards.

Farmers and ranchers from across the country competed for the honors at the AFB national convention in San Diego, CA. STIHL Inc. sponsored the Achievement Award, Discussion Meet, and Excellence in Agriculture competitions, open to farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18-35. STIHL presented each runner up award recipient  $3,000 in cash and STIHL merchandise.  

Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc., addressed the 8,000 conference attendees, praising the young farmers and ranchers for their contribution to American agriculture, and and STIHL's shared valued of tradition and innovation. 

Achievement Award
Chris and Rebekah Pierce of Kentucky walked away with this year’s prize as well as a 2015 truck provided by GM, for demonstrating first-class leadership and excellence in farming and ranching operations. Growth, financial progress, and leadership both within and outside of the AFBF served as the criteria for evaluation and selection of winners. Runners-up included Ben and Amy Gittins of Idaho, Matt and Jenna Kilgus of Illinois, and Marky and Cindy Klepper of Tennessee.

Discussion Meet
Sean Arians of Illinois took the top honor at the Discussion Meet and will receive a 2015 truck from GM for showcasing superior ability to exchange ideas and information. Megan Hansen of Iowa, Doug Giles of Tennessee, and Jeremy Barron of Indiana were the category’s runners-up.

Excellence in Agriculture Award
Paul and Ruth Lanoue won the Excellence in Agriculture Award as well as a 2015 truck provided by GM, recognized for their active leadership in AFBF and other agriculture organizations. Jessica Jones of Virginia, Michael and Amy Shirley of Tennessee, and Phillip and Alison Honea of South Carolina were selected as runners-up.

STIHL salutes these industry leaders!

For more information on the American Farm Bureau visit 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Supporting the Next Generation of Leadership at America’s State Parks

America’s State Parks are truly our nation’s treasures, and at STIHL, we believe they should be protected now and in the future.  That’s why we support the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) Leadership School. For the past six years, we have sponsored the NASPD’s annual training program and this year we were able to provide scholarships to seven park managers from across the country.

The Leadership School is a two-year training program for state park personnel aimed at cultivating future leaders of state parks. Throughout the year, the NASPD offers online education courses as well as hands-on learning at the Oglebay National Training Center in Wheeling, W. Va.

2015 1st Year State Park Leadership School students
We know that developing the next generation of park managers and directors is crucial to the continued health and success of America’s state parks. The leadership program offered by NASPD gives park personnel the education, training, networking and tools to not only become more effective in their current positions, but also prepares them for greater responsibilities in their state park system. 

Classes are a combination of practical application and discussion
Scholarship recipient Becky Barnes of Massachusetts told us she would not have been able to attend the school without her STIHL scholarship because of budget constraints in her state.   She is now excited about returning to her park better equipped as a manager, and potentially even one day to become the state director.
Becky Barnes of Massachusetts State Parks
 This year’s scholarship recipients are:

Year I Students on STIHL scholarship:
·         Stanford Williams, Louisiana
·         Rebecca Barnes, Massachusetts
·         Lorna Bobilin, Massachusetts
·         Terri Bisson, Rhode Island

Year II Students on STIHL scholarship:
·         Christopher Caswell, Louisiana
·         Ezola Thomas, Louisiana
·         Bruce Thompson, Rhode Island
STIHL Inc. also sponsors the NASPD annual conference  and offers individual state parks support through safety and operational training.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Get to know the STIHL Battery KombiSystem

Cut the cord and your fuel costs with the innovative lithium-ion technology of the STIHL Battery KombiSystem.

STIHL has harnessed the power of lithium-ion technology to create a full line of outdoor power equipment that delivers clean, quiet and convenient performance and gives you another option to reduce your environmental impact. With 36-volt lithium-ion battery power, STIHL delivers hardworking and reliable equipment with no gasoline required and no confining power cord.  

The tools of the the STIHL Battery KombiSystem are designed to be lightweight and well balanced. The low-noise, zero emission motors run significantly quieter than gasoline-powered equivalents, making STIHL Lithium-Ion ideally suited for landscaping and yard care projects in neighborhoods, noise-restricted areas, and environmentally sensitive locations .

STIHL's lithium-ion batteries are designed for long running times with quick recharges and operate at full speed until fully depleted, so there is no gradual drop in power during use. And batteries are interchangeable, so it is easy to use multiple tools with one battery.

You can read more about STIHL's efforts towards socially responsible environmental stewardship at our website, and learn more about our line of battery powered products using the interactive image below or visiting our page at

Thursday, February 12, 2015

When Should You Call An Arborist?

When it comes to tree care, some jobs better left to the professionals. The rule of thumb when deciding to hire an arborist is unless you can work with both feet on terra firma, you should hire a professional tree service.

Working at height requires proper training and protection due to a number of risky variables such as electrical wires, wildlife, nearby fences, buildings or homes.

Third-generation arborist and STIHL spokesperson Mark Chisholm also recommends calling in an expert if:
  • A tree has large limbs that are broken or hanging and it requires overhead chainsaw work, it could be very dangerous to handle alone.
  • A tree is uprooted or downed, it can create an unnatural pattern of pressure points and tension. A chain saw operator may be in severe danger if attempting to cut a tensioned limb or trunk (called a "springpole") – it may have an extremely violent, catapult-like reaction.
  • Branches are too close or touching utility lines. In this case you should call your local utility company – NEVER attempt to move them on your own.

In general, when there is any task you have not been properly trained to handle or are uncomfortable taking on, call for a professional opinion. To find a certified arborist near you, visit