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Farmer writes: making the case for the alternative
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Farmer writes: making the case for the alternative

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Gerald Potterton uses machinery to describe global leaders and calls for those leaders to be be stronger in their defence of agriculture.
Gerald Potterton uses machinery to describe global leaders and calls for those leaders to be be stronger in their defence of agriculture.

For North American farmers, it’s basically a choice between green (John Deere) or red (Case IH) tractors and combines. The European brands of Agco don’t really figure and neither do New Holland or Claas. The presidential election was equally simple; it was Trump or Clinton and the others didn’t count.

Now if I was an American farmer, I’d definitely opt for the red brand, Case IH, and I’d probably have voted for Trump.

It’s not that I particularly like either Case IH machinery or indeed Donald J Trump but more that I dislike the alternative. I’d rather drive an ancient ...

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