It's a Small World
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Oct 13, 2014 03:08 PM CDT

Globalization has come to Williamsburg, Iowa, Salina, Kan., and dozens of other rural American communities that are home to farm equipment manufacturers. Shortliners -- companies that make specialized machinery and electronics -- have set up shop in Europe, Asia and South America. At Agritechnica 2013, the world's largest farm machinery show, for instance, 47 exhibitors from the U.S. traveled to Hannover, Germany, to lure new global customers to their booths and their products.


The reasons are obvious: 21st-century agriculture thrives on technology, and it knows no borders. You would expect international giants like John Deere, CNH and AGCO ...

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