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Inside Agri-Turf speaks to those at the sharp-end of the farm and grass machinery industry which ranges from powerful 500hp farm tractors to lawnmowers for the home, via equipment used in the upkeep of golf courses, cricket and football grounds, parks and open spaces, forests and the care of the countryside. As new technology and robotics come increasingly on-stream, we will talk to manufacturers, dealers, industry representatives and end-users in order to report on this fast-moving, innovat ...
 
Welcome to the Machinery Pete Podcast hosted by Greg Peterson, known to the industry as Machinery Pete. For over 30 years, Greg has been a trusted source of knowledge in the farming equipment industry. Starting with a gut feeling, Greg set off to bring more and better data to the agriculture space. He’s been a voice you can trust, no matter where you’re listening or reading. In this podcast, Greg will be sharing stories and conversations from around the industry. The kinds of conversations t ...
 
The Gun Room is a podcast dedicated to the sporting firearms we carry in pursuit of game. A base-level knowledge of firearms and their workings is synonymous with hunting. By its very nature, the pursuit of game demands the user become familiar, if not proficient with a weapon of their choosing. TGR will dive headlong into all things surrounding the incredible diversity of sporting firearms we used in the field today. We will examine the history and technology in the development of modern sp ...
 
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Episode 18: Browning Auto-5 Part of why I love old firearms so much is the history and romance that goes along with each particular gun. Many old firearms evoke feelings of nostalgia, memories of loved ones, and good times long gone. Is it the smell of a particular gun oil, or the lines of a gun that will spark these fond memories? I know people wh…
 
Can two trade associations representing companies on different sides of the fence, really operate as one? Reflecting on the news that the manufacturers trade association AEA (Agricultural Engineers Association) have bought BAGMA (British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association) representing sales and service dealers, I talk to former BAGMA Di…
 
Zach Hein, Director of Marketing, and Jared Smethurst, Associate Product Development Manager, join me from the Sheridan, Wyoming facility to talk about the story of Weatherby. Roy Weatherby, a Kansas native, left everything and moved to California searching for opportunity and a new life for his family. He found success and eventually opened his ow…
 
Episode 16: Weatherby Mark V Rifle Necessity is the mother of invention. For Roy Weatherby, wounding an animal on a hunt, sparked a flame of innovation that would revolutionize the world of fast-moving rifle rounds. His story is one of wild cat cartridge development, that pushed the envelope of what was thought possible at the time. His rifles had …
 
Following the recent announcement that the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) representing UK manufacturers and suppliers has acquired the UK dealers trade association BAGMA (British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association), Chris Biddle talks to Ruth Bailey, the AEA CEO and Keith Christian, Director of BAGMA about the rationale behind …
 
Join me this week as we sit down with Grace Callahan, professional woman’s sporting clays shooter and coach. Grace has been shooting clays from the early age of 10 and with the support of her family and some friendly folks along the way has risen to become one of the top clays shooters in the country. Grace currently shoots for Caesar Guerini and S…
 
Inside Agri-Turf podcast creator and host, Chris Biddle, reflects on starting the podcast 12 months ago, finding an audience, and getting to grips with audio editing after 30 years of manipulating words rather than sound waves. He reveals the outline stats of downloads and unique listeners over the past year, the international reach of the podcast …
 
Episode 14: Sporterized Rifles If you caught our previous episode, number 13, and our discussion with the Gunsmiths at Griffin and Howe, you will no doubt have a base knowledge of our topic of discussion today. If you missed #13, dont worry- we will lay the groundwork for that episode right now. The United States is a nation of marksman shooters. F…
 
To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2021, Inside Agri-Turf features three women who are currently fully engaged in technical and service roles with agricultural engineering companies. There is an extract from a previous episode talking to Laura Bassnett, the winner of the Technician for 2021 Award, I discover how the runner up in those A…
 
Episode 13: Griffin and Howe 100 Year Anniversary Rifles Few gun makers in the United States can lay claim to having 100 years of history, even fewer with the storied past of serving politicians, diplomats, and celebrities in the fine gun industry. Griffin Howe was established in 1923 in New York City, and remains to this day a fine gun maker, thou…
 
That is just one of the principles of being a specialist dealer outlined by Howell and Emyr Jenkins of Jenkins Garden Machinery in South Wales in this episode. In recent years, the Jenkins family have suffered from a series of personal set- backs with Howell just back in the business after leukemia, and the passing of wife and business founder Glyn…
 
Episode 12: Winchester Model 12 A fitting subject for our 12th podcast and a follow-up to our previous report on the Remington 870, today we will be talking about Winchesters slide action or pump-action shotgun the Winchester Model 1912 or Model 12 as it has come to be known. If you caught our briefing on the Remington 870, you will no doubt rememb…
 
Machinery Pete talks with 20-year-old ag Youtube star Carson Kahler who has nearly 11,000 subscribers to his "6th Gen Farmer" Youtube channel which he started 3 years ago. Kahler will be a Senior this Fall at South Dakota State University studying multiple Ag Programs and is a Sales intern this summer with C&B Operations at their Jackson, MN store …
 
Recently, the Landbased Education and Training Committee (LE-TEC) selected the winners of its Technicians for 2021. Overall winner was Laura Bassnett, who works as a Technician at Case dealership, Ernest Doe, Fyfield branch. I caught up with her during a hiking holiday in Wales, and just after she had climbed the Tryfan peak in Snowdonia. We chatte…
 
The second installment of The Gun Room from Sante Fe, Tennessee where I am spending the weekend at Dan LaFond’s farm with Jay Herbert. Jay Herbert has spent his life around shotguns and influential individuals. His career in the gun world has seen him around the globe shooting at some of the most interesting locations with a celebrity guest list. T…
 
During the early hours of 7 April 2021, a devastating fire swept through the premises of specialist ATV dealer, MKM Agriculture in Bedfordshire. Owner Anthony Deacon, along with the fire crew, could only stand and watch as huge flames wiped out his workshop along with over 80 machines (both his stock and customer repairs), all the workshop equipmen…
 
It’s hard to express just how significant the subject of this week’s podcast was in my life. It represented a right of passage. A passport to adventure. Membership into the exclusive club of hunters that included my father and his friends. I would no longer be related to observation, but rather would be able to participate. Though the first shotgun…
 
Recorded during Mental Health Awareness week, I talk to Tom Johnston who experienced depression and a series of mental health issues as he took his first steps into agricultural engineering, a career that he had always dreamed off. For a 'tractor-mad' boy, he never wanted to do anything else, but several twists and turns resulted in set-backs, unti…
 
Join me as we travel to Sante Fe, Tennessee to Dan LaFond’s farm where we talk all things Upland Gun Company. Growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the outdoors was an integral part of Dan’s upbringing. It is no wonder that he ended up working in a sport shop where he caught his first break in the industry. Dan went on to build a career in…
 
After a short break, Chris Biddle summarises the content of future episodes of Inside Agri-Turf which re-launches with Season Two on 24 May 2021. Topics covered will include mental health, coping with a business-threatening event, diversity, the importance of family businesses with their 'name above the door', the future role for independent dealer…
 
Our topic of discussion today is the wildly successful Remington 700 Bolt Action Rifle. A poster child for Remington for years. It was used by the military as a sniper platform. It’s design has been copied many times over. It has as many configurations as there are days in the year. It has been used to take every game species around the world. Alri…
 
Coming to you from Sanford, North Carolina, and the annual Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition at Deep River Sporting Clays. I have the opportunity to sit down with Steve Durren and Glenn Fewless, two professional members of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild. Steve and Glenn are President and Vice President of the Guild respectively…
 
Machinery Pete gives an update on the farm equipment market (on fire) + cool story of an Illinois man working to start up a new Truck & Tractor Show in his hometown of Neponset, IL. The event is scheduled for June 26, 2021. [:30] - Machinery Pete teases today’s interview [3:08] - Used values continue to go up, what that means for now + the future […
 
After he was mentioned by two of my recent podcast guests (Jeremy Gibbs Ep 24 and Graham Thompson Ep 26 ) as providing valuable mentoring advice at different stages of their careers, I’m delighted to be joined by Peter Leech for his views on the value of mentoring. Peter spent more than 40 years in senior technical and training roles with John Deer…
 
Machinery Pete talks with Thad Shively, Dir. of Pre-Owned Inventory for C&B Operations, a 37-store John Deere dealership with stores in MN, IA, SD, WY, MT and ID. Shively is retiring in April '21 after a lifetime in the farm equipment dealer biz. Thad and Pete talk about the current farm equipment market, trends and cycles over the decades, where t…
 
As machinery manager for Glendale, a leading management company maintaining substantial areas of green open spaces, forestry and sports facilities, Neal Harper is responsible for the purchase, upkeep and use of over 5000 pieces of equipment and vehicles. In this podcast, he talks to Chris Biddle about his route into the agri-turf machinery industry…
 
Episode 1: Guy Bignell and the Boss Flight Guy Bignell, former president of Griffin and Howe joins us to discuss a 16 gun 'flight' of Boss shotguns, perhaps the only one in existence. About The Gun Room A base-level knowledge of firearms and their workings is synonymous with hunting. By its very nature, the pursuit of game demands the user become f…
 
In this episode, Chris Biddle reflects on the people and the quotes that have stood out during the current season of Inside Agri-Turf In particular, he discusses how and why so many sons and daughters have followed parents into the family business, bringing with them new skills. He also picks out the stand-moment when the industry was described in …
 
Wide ranging talk with Jim Croxton, CEO of BIGGA (British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association) with updated news about shows and the management of golf courses post-pandemic. Time stamps of topics covered: 01:25 Festival of Turf 2021 update - and future 11:15 Golf course 'stock' and staff furloughs? 15:50 Club budgets? 18:10 Overplaying…
 
Erik Hogervorst is President of CLIMMAR, the pan-European trade association representing over 19,000 farm and turfcare machinery sales and service dealers. He is a director of a family owned Dutch dealership with a Kubota franchises and specialist divisions in fork lift trucks and spraying equipment, and has been CLIMMAR President for 6 years. In t…
 
Machinery Pete shares his memories from, as well as the full interview he did 10 years ago this month (Feb. 2011) in Wyoming, IL with then 97-year-old Joe Colgan. Joe got into the farm equipment biz in 1933, went to work for John Deere in 1937 and became a John Deere dealer in 1947. Joe Colgan passed 4/28/15 at the age of 101, but his words of wisd…
 
Graham Thompson reflects on a career starting as a service technician with an agricultural engineer in Hampshire to his appointment as Director, Tractor Portfolio Development and Strategic Growth Planning for Deere and Co in the US After working on a Hampshire farm, Graham took further education at Sparsholt College and Lackham College and landed a…
 
Could this be a year when independents come into their own following the decimation of so many well know store brands? Display and merchandising consultant Murray Burton who has worked with leading brands, national retail chains and specialist lawn and garden machinery dealers is in conversation with Chris Biddle about a new age of retailing. He sa…
 
In this episode Chris Biddle talks to two people with fascinating accounts on how ex service personnel find fulfilling careers in agriculture after leaving the services. After training at Sparsholt Agricultural College in Hampshire and Harper Adams University, Jeremy Gibbs joined John Deere where he worked in both the agricultural and turf machiner…
 
Machinery Pete talks with Marshalltown, IA farmer David McCubbin about his online farm retirement auction on December 16, 2020. Pete and David talk about the emotions and planning involved from start to finish and beyond the sale....how does it feel when all the machinery is gone and your shed is empty? [:45] - Machinery Pete sets up today’s topic …
 
When the UK formally left the UK on 1 January 2020, there was a new set of trading challenges for companies, and not least Irish companies with branches on both sides of the Irish Sea. Paul Butterly of FGM Claymore talks to Chris Biddle about the impact on his family-owned company as a buyer and seller of imported products with trading bases in the…
 
Chris Biddle talks to Richard Charles, UK and Ireland Training Manager for the AGCO Corporation about the ongoing challenge of recruiting new, talented employees. Richard considers the agricultural engineering industry to be a 'closed shop' with most new employees being recruited from other companies already in the industry. We should be looking fo…
 
2021 marks the centenary of the first mass produced petrol engine made by Atco. Costing around £20 it was lightweight and brought lawnmowing to the masses. Here, Chris Biddle chats to Austin Jarrett, md of Staffordshire based Allett Ltd who in 2011 bought all the intellectual drawings, plants, equipment and tooling for the Atco range when the facto…
 
Chris Biddle chats to Charlie Nicklin, the recently appointed CEO of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers. (IAgrE). From a farming family, at the age of 10 Charlie was given a 'little grey Fergie' by his grandfather, which is still part of growing collection. Having gained a degree in engineering at Harper Adams, he subsequently spent 24 years…
 
50 years ago this week, on January 6, 1971, Vermeer Corp. of Pella, IA introduced the first large round baler to the ag industry. Pete talks with Jason Andringa, President/CEO of Vermeer and also grandson of company founder (founded 1948) Gary Vermeer about how the large round baler came to be. Pete, Andringa and Mark Core, Exec. VP, also talk abou…
 
A special end-of-season episode reflecting on an unforgettable year through the eyes and voices of those at the sharp-end of the Agri-Turf industry. We hear about the role of trade associations to provide independent companies with information and 'dos and donts'. There are accounts by dealers of the measures they had to take to drive business remo…
 
After a career spanning 30 years at Stihl GB, the last 14 years as managing director, Robin Lennie retires on 31 December. In the penultimate Inside Agri-Turf episode of 2020, he talks openly and frankly to Chris Biddle about the chemistry between himself and Peter Baker, the MD when he joined the company in 1990 as Finance Director, who needed 'fa…
 
Chris Biddle is joined this week by Keith Christian, Director of BAGMA (British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association) and leading agricultural journalist Martin Rickatson to reflect on the 2020 season for the Agri-Turf industry - and provide some thoughts on the months ahead. The episode was recorded in the midst of the final Brexit talks …
 
Chris Gibson, MD of GGM Groundscare relives a season that veered from optimism through to fear when lockdown was announced in March, and ended with pride in his team for pulling together and navigating a very challenging season. He tells how some initiatives introduced because of Covid restrictions actually improved the business, how his team made …
 
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