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January 31, 2012

Green machines attract attention

Bright green metal monsters are guaranteed to stop kids in their tracks as they walk through the Amon Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall.

"Kids want to climb on them and parents want to take pictures of their kids climbing on them," said Mike Barker, who's at the Fort Worth Stock Show to sell John Deere tractors. "We're OK with that if they're careful."

Primarily it's livestock owners who stop to talk, Barker said. But he gets questions from all types of folks.

"Greenhorns want to know what you do with various pieces of equipment," he said. "Livestock owners want to know the horsepower and features of particular pieces, usually something they've been looking at buying."

And anyone who's been looking at tractors probably has looked at the green ones, Barker said.

"John Deere is a 175-year-old company," he said. "All of our competitors put together haven't been making tractors that long. Plus, John Deere is the only American brand. The majority of them are made in the U.S.A."

The best selling Deere is the 50-horsepower model with a front loader, brush hog and trailer package, Barker said.

Mike Barker is a John Deere salesman out of McKinney.

Story and photo by Terry Evans Johndeere



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