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Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Wed May 1, 2013 02:05 PM CDT

When Kubota President Yasuo Masumoto told journalists in 2012 that his company was in pursuit of a large farm equipment company, the news made a splash. The "why" within the story was obvious: Booming commodities markets had made production agriculture one of the few bright spots in a dismal world economy. Kubota wanted a bigger piece of the action.

The "who" in the story was a harder question. Who did Kubota covet? More on that later.

Reuters in 2012 reported that Osaka based machinery giant Kubota -- which is known for high quality small tractors, mowers and loaders -- was ...

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