National Farm Machinery Show Wrap Up

| 2/16/2009 1:49:00 PM

/uploadedImages/GRT/blogs/Fixin_Fence/HankAndPiglet.jpgI made a quick stop at the 2009 National Farm Machinery show on my way to the airport on Saturday. I had a chance to meet with Tammy Wecksler, Massey Ferguson’s marketing communications manager, before the day’s events really got under way. Tammy and I had a marvelous conversation about upcoming Massey compact tractors, the rural lifestyle market and life in general. Stay tuned for more on Massey’s new releases.

 Massey Ferguson at the farm show.

The mood at the 2009 National Farm Machinery Show was optimistic. Most folks whose product line serves the rural lifestyle reported no, or minimal, layoffs. Some companies were committed to making adjustments through attrition by not filling vacant positions. Most corporate folks I spoke with had at least one extra hat added to their portfolio of duties, but all were optimistic that the economic pain would ease in the next year or so.

Massey Ferguson GC 2410 Tractor

The mood of show goers at the 2009 National Farm Machinery Show was equally optimistic. Hundreds of thousands of people streamed past booths large and small. Orders were up on larger pieces of equipment, and they were holding steady on the machines geared toward the rural lifestyle market. I see this as a sign that when it comes to getting the most out of your property, people are still willing to risk a large purchase in these less-certain economic times.

Bobcat 5610 Toolcat

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