Farmers are more than customers. They’re our families, our neighbors, and they’re us. Case IH employees and their families farm millions of acres across North America. They put a part of that into everything we make. These are the stories of the farmers who build and use Case IH equipment.
Chris – Corn and Soybean Farmer
Chris grew up helping his dad raise cattle, corn and soybeans. Like many farm kids, when Chris went away for college, he didn’t abandon his roots. While working in the Case IH Racine, Wisconsin, headquarters, Chris felt the call to return to his family farm. Today, he co-owns and farms it with his brother and mother. He brings that farming mentality to his job at Case IH every day.
I think about farming all the time. It spills over into everything I do. Whether it’s in the lessons I teach my daughter or in the work I do at Case IH.”
Axial-Flow® Combines The standard in harvesting, set by a farmer
Dave Gustafson was a lead engineer on the original Axial-Flow combine and a farmer. He developed a love for improving farm equipment while working on his father’s old Farmall® H and M tractors. He even built a combine using parts from a tractor and a sheller. It was the ingenuity he learned on the farm that he put into the design of the standard by which all harvesting equipment is judged.
My first word was tractor, so I was destined to be an agricultural engineer.”
Russell – Small Grains and Edible Beans Farmer
Russell spent his childhood working on the farm. A fast learner, by 16 there was no job he couldn’t do. Away from his family’s farm, he’s been a farmhand for a neighbor, farm supply store employee and Case IH tractor engineer. Farming instilled a sense of taking pride in his work, which he carries with him as he improves the equipment farmers count on.
I knew at 7 years old what I wanted to do. I wanted to figure out what farm machinery did and how to make it better.”
Steiger® Series Tractors From wild-haired idea to the leader in high‑horsepower
The story behind the most recognized name in high-horsepower, four-wheel-drive tractors, is the tale of a northwestern Minnesota farmer and his two sons. John, Maurice and Douglass Steiger designed and built their first tractor in an old dairy barn. That ingenuity and passion for farming would lay the foundation for every Case IH Steiger tractor we build today.
We knew that if we could find the axles and the engine we wanted, we could build it.”
Farmers Inspire Us.
Like you, we put a part of us into everything we do.
But we know our stories aren’t the only ones worth sharing. Share how farming shapes what you do.