Did anyone miss the pomp and circumstances on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20? Wait. Don’t stop reading. This piece is both non-partisan and fun!
Admittedly, after so much election news, gossip, and drama, I did not follow the ceremony. But, thanks to digital media, there’s coverage galore. I’m not much for ceremony, but, while perusing RFD-TV’s website, I found a part of the parade that would have been tremendous to experience first-hand. Driving through “The Mall” were what looked like fifty to a hundred tractors. And these aren’t the little bitty citified tractors, or even the beautiful restored tractors from 100 years ago. These were the real agricultural deal. That’s a line-up of millions of dollars of equipment with flags flying on each and every tractor.
The manufacturers were well represented. You could see models from John Deere, Case IH, Challenger, Kubota, Mahundra, Massey-Ferguson and New Holland. That’s better than an auto show or boat show any day! See for yourself: http://www.rfdtv.com/story/34323451/rural-tractor-brigade-impresses-the-nation#.WIg6rX87JtY and http://www.rfdtv.com/story/34308318/photos-from-the-tractor-brigade#.WIg_mn87JtY .
I don’t know much about farming, and I have no interest in Tractor Pulls. But seeing the changes in farming due to technological advances is fascinating. After all it wasn’t too long ago that all farming was done with hand tools and livestock. And, in some parts of the world, that’s still the case.
Seeing the tractors reminds me of when a great friend of mine’s father traded her car in for a John Deere tractor. That was one transaction that wasn’t covered in business school. She was the one who reminded me that just because the machine is green and has a John Deere logo, doesn’t make it a tractor. In the weeks that followed, when we were on a road trip through the rural parts of Texas, Louisiana and Florida, she pointed out front-end loaders, and other equipment to show me the differences.
Perhaps in rural America especially, the more you learn, the more you grow.
Keep on Trucking. Keep on Tracking. And Keep on Learning.