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How The Sharing Economy Works On The Farm

Boyd Brodie of Key Cooperative in Roland, Iowa, hopes exchanging equipment with other owners will help him better meet the needs of local farmers while also recouping some of Key’s investment in expensive machinery. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)
Boyd Brodie of Key Cooperative in Roland, Iowa, hopes exchanging equipment with other owners will help him better meet the needs of local farmers while also recouping some of Key’s investment in expensive machinery. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

After land, equipment is typically the biggest expense for farmers. When times are good, they buy new, bigger or fancier tractors. But when times are tough, new investments are almost impossible. Enter the sharing economy.

Amy Mayer from Here & Now contributor Harvest Public Media explains.

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