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How American Agriculture Helped Win WW II

December 07, 2016


A very special episode of "Ag Day" TV show today, December 7, 2016 on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941. The show shines the spotlight on American Agriculture's roll in helping win WW II. Here is a link where you can watch the entire Ag Day TV program, click on the December 7, 2016 link:

A segment of the program will feature my interview with 95 year old Dale Fulton of Hammond, IL. You may remember his September 11, 2016 farm retirement auction I covered that featured an incredible line of IHC and Case IH farm equipment. Beautiful stuff, including Dale's IHC 856 tractor which sold for a new record high auction sale price of $18,000. Here's a pic of Dale getting ready to drive his 856 for the last time, out the auction line ready to sell it to a new owner:


What an honor to spend time with Dale and learn about his farming career and also his flying career. Dale flew planes during World War II. After the war he returned home and was a champion airplane racer, once even being featured in Life Magazine:


The Ag Day TV special on how American Agriculture helped win World War II also has some fascinating history on John Deere company’s involvement in the war effort. Deere's Tractor Works in Waterloo actually won the coveted "E" from the Army and Navy during WW II. It represented excellence in manufacturing. Here are a few images graciously provided from the John Deere Archives, including the cover image above from The Furrow magazine:






And this one I particularly love...


Here's the link again to watch the entire Ag Day TV special from today on how American Agriculture helped win WW II (click on the December 7, 2016 link):




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