My story on CleBer LLC's new Oggun tractor, an open-sourced model for small farmers, is up over on Growing America. The Oggun represents a radical business concept: The company has created a simple tractor, published the design, and outfitted it with off-the-shelf parts. The idea is to stimulate local manufacturing, free the farmer from a dependency on custom pieces, and drive down the cost of machinery for small producers. CleBer actually welcomes competition.
Although it was inspired by an assessment of the needs of Cuban farmers, the Oggun will begin production in Alabama in November and be ready for shipment to U.S. customers by the end of the month.