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July 29, 2011

AGCO provides tractor to assist Ugandan college

AGCO, a Fortune 500 company and worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, announces the donation of a Massey Ferguson 435 with a disk plow and disk harrow to the Plant-A-Seed Foundation.

The non-profit organization will use the tractor to support the Kabale Trinity College in Uganda. "We are very pleased to donate a tractor for a good cause that makes a positive difference for the students at Kabale Trinity College," said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO.

The Plant-A-Seed Foundation, based in Modesto, California, at the 92 year old offices of Stanislaus Implements and Hardware  has supported the Kabale community since 2003. Plant-A-Seed purchased property and built a chapel and school with classrooms and dormitories. The organization sent teams to assist, plan and build the school, along with additional needed quarters for the staff. Currently, 1,350 students are enrolled at Kabale Trinity College.

In 2007, Plant-A-Seed purchased 20 acres of land and a local farm that produces bananas, pineapples, corn and goats. In 2008, Plant-A-Seed built an irrigation system that has tripled the production of the farm and also gives neighbors the opportunity to purchase water from the farm's pumping resources.

The farm now serves as a school farm where students learn simple farm practices and even supply some food to the local population. The key objective of Plant-A-Seed is to initiate local projects, while empowering community partners to drive their own projects.

This Massey Ferguson tractor was shipped to Uganda to be used by the school farm and handed over by representatives of the Plant-A-Seed Foundation. The tractor will be used for many applications, including tilling fields, moving bricks and dirt, and transporting food to the school and to market. Massey Ferguson tractors have been used in Africa for many decades and the Massey Ferguson 435 is a particularly robust model that can be used in challenging environments.

AGCO has over 50 years of experience in Africa. Massey Ferguson(R) is a worldwide brand of AGCO and is a key brand in Africa.


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