For Immediate Release
Leslie McManus, editor: 309-207-0700,
Richard Backus, editor in chief: 785-274-4383,


Inside the February Issue of Farm Collector, on Newsstands Jan. 20


Making Things Better — Inventor Adolph Ronning’s 400-plus patents ran the gamut from farm tractors, John Deere Roll-O-Matic wheels and implements to automatic automobile headlight dimmers and magnetic door catches. With each new design, he sought to make work easier. Page 14 

The Coldest Harvest — In the 19th century, before the advent of electric refrigeration, ice was a commodity to be harvested just like corn or cotton. Page 28 

Steam School Listings for 2009 — Steam traction engines might have given way to the gas tractor, but these steam schools keep the tradition alive and deliver important information in operation and safety. Find one near you! Page 34 

Dashing Through the Snow — Snow-covered rural roads proved difficult to navigate before Virgil White, Ossipee, N.H., patented an attachment converting the Ford Model T automobile into White’s Snowmobile in 1917. Page 38 

2008 Farm Show Memories  Farm Collector readers show off their favorite photos from farm shows and events throughout the country. Page 20

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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. (, based in Topeka, Kan., is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Its brands include industry authorities Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, The Herb Companion, Capper’s, Grit, Farm Collector, Gas Engine Magazine, Motorcycle Classics and Good Things to Eat. In addition to its media portfolio, Ogden Publications offers a complete line of individual accident, health and life insurance and annuity products through its Capper’s Insurance Service division. Capper’s Insurance Service serves individuals in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa.

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