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Great ideas in agriculture come from farmers in the field. In 1965, Henry Orthman’s first great idea was to develop and market hitch conversion kits that would let growers keep their existing implements when they purchased a new tractor. From there, he developed one of the earliest folding toolbars, the first ground-engaging implement steering system and a host of other agricultural innovations. In 2001, Orthman introduced the tool that would spur tremendous interest and international growth in precision strip-till farming — the Orthman ltRIPr. A near-instant success because of its extraordinarily effective operation, Orthman was soon shipping ltRIPrs to Australia, South Africa and Eastern Europe, and today, they are at work in more than 14 countries worldwide.