Machinery Pete Podcast

With March Madness coming to a head with the NCAA Final Four this week, Machinery Pete talks with Jess Settles – farmer from Winfield, IA and Iowa Hawkeye basketball legend, also TV college basketball analyst on ESPN, Big Ten Network and Fox Sports. Settles talks about growing up on the farm in Winfield, IA, his family’s deep farming roots, his basketball journey that carried him to the University of Iowa and star status in the mid 1990’s. After his playing days ended, Settles transitioned to TV work. Farming and basketball stories and memories flow in this Pete and Jess conversation.
  • [:35] - Machinery Pete’s intro, equipment market update
  • [5:33] - Interview with Jess Settles begins
  • [8:10] - Jess’s early Iowa days, growing up on the farm
  • [16:26] - Graduation from high school, college basketball career
  • [25:40] - Battling injuries
  • [32:02] - Post career days; coaching and TV
  • [40:18] - Modern basketball
  • [50:13] - New strategies in farming and basketball
  • [1:01:30] - Final words from Machinery Pete

Machinery Pete was founded in 1989 and has grown from its humble beginnings to a full-fledged marketplace for farming equipment. Greg Peterson, founder and host, has also released Machinery Pete content across platforms including YouTube with his long-running Machinery Pete TV show.

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What is Machinery Pete Podcast?

Welcome to the Machinery Pete Podcast hosted by Greg Peterson, known to the industry as Machinery Pete. For over 30 years, Greg has been a trusted source of knowledge in the farming equipment industry. Starting with a gut feeling, Greg set off to bring more and better data to the agriculture space. He’s been a voice you can trust, no matter where you’re listening or reading.

In this podcast, Greg will be sharing stories and conversations from around the industry. The kinds of conversations that are longer and more meaningful than just a few soundbites. He’ll be adding context and color to stories from good people that make up the agriculture space. He’ll also be sharing the types of insights, trends, farming news and used farm equipment values from around the country that you’ve come to expect from him.

Founded in 1989 by Greg Peterson, Machinery Pete has come a long way since its beginnings in Greg Peterson’s home office in Rochester, Minnesota where he passionately researched, tracked and reported on auction prices. In 2014 Farm Journal and Machinery Pete partnered to provide a more efficient marketplace for buying and selling used ag equipment.

In July of 2015, launched its marketplace with leading-edge marketing solutions for dealers, informed and built with the online equipment shopper in mind and creates meaningful connections between buyers and sellers. The company is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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