Machinery Link Co.
Sharing equipment with others enables producers to utilize new equipment without bearing the high costs by themselves.
Objectives: To build up a database to link producers who are searching for farmers to partner with on specific pieces of equipment. A website was created to make listings accessible and current, create visibility and increase membership. In addition, a conference was held to educate members and guests and exchange information, a booth was set up at a trade show in Great Bend, Kansas, and presentations were made to Kansas Young Farmers and Women in Agriculture to explain and promote Machinery Link Co. (MLC).
Results: Forty-six new members have been added to MLC in 1998 and farmers from Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota and Missouri have entered into contracts to buy and lease equipment in partnerships.