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Inside the April issue of Farm Collector, on newsstands March 19 

 Farm Collector April 2013 cover 

Home-Built Tractors Resulted in the Good, Bad and Ugly – High prices, overhyped machines and the need for customization ushered in the era of farmer-built tractors – with some creations faring better than others.

Mid-West Tool Collectors Assn. Show Off Homemade Tools – At its fall 2012 meeting, members show off the creativity, resourcefulness and craftsmanship of the hand-forged tools in their collections. Many of these tools date back to the 1700 and early 1800s.

Horse-Drawn Grader Project a Family Affair – A father and 19-year-old son from Fair Grove, Mo., get three changes to purchase a horse-drawn, leaning-wheel Adams Road King grader. Now restored, it’s a featured piece in shows and parades.

Harvesting the High Plains – A new PBS documentary tracks how Kansas’ John Kriss and Ray Garvey conquered Dust Bowl conditions to become one of the nation’s largest wheat-farming operations.

Piasa Bird Plows Offered More Than a Funny Name – Columnist Sam Moore traces the history of Alton, Ill.-based Hapgood Plow Co., including its direct-marketing business model and the local Native American legend that inspired the name of its plows.

About Farm Collector 
Farm Collector ( is a monthly publication celebrating vintage farm equipment. Since 1998, Farm Collector has featured unique collections, extensive renovation projects, early farm practices and related attractions. Enthusiasts also turn to Farm Collector for previews of notable shows and auctions, and extensive classified advertising.

About Ogden Publications Inc.  
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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