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Machinery Chatter
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:13 PM CST

An invitation in my inbox to a media event usually means that a manufacturer has some new product to unveil or that it is opening a new factory. Vermeer's invitation to an event at the National Farm Machinery Show had an entirely different agenda. The company wanted to re-introduce itself to reporters and editors and to describe how, as a family business, it was planning to move into the future.

The event reminded me how much some short-line manufacturers have in common with family farms. Many were founded by farmers; they have a strong work ethic; and succession planning is ...

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