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“I've been privileged to know a lot of guys who worked with Allis-Chalmers, from engineering to marketing. Sometimes I feel like the Forrest Gump of farm equipment. I never really did anything great, but I knew a lot of people who did a lot of great things.” Tim Brannon, former Allis-Chalmers territory manager and current president of B&G Equipment, Paris, Tenn.

Tim Brannon has been described as a man who knows more about the history of Allis-Chalmers than anyone else alive. He worked as a territory manager for the company in the early 1970s as the Allis-Chalmers no-till planter was helping to fuel the rapid adoption of no-tilling in the U.S. 

Brannon went on to become an Allis-Chalmers dealer, and he remains president of the dealership — B&G Equipment in Paris, Tenn. — while also farming a little over 500 acres with his brother. 

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, Brannon talks with Frank Lessiter about the early days of Allis-Chalmers and shares some memorable stories from the road as he introduced no-till planters to growers around the world.

P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.

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