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Now that the initial rush of incoming members has subsided to a more manageable level, I thought that this might be a good time to talk about the best lawn and garden tractor publication in existence.

That would be Lawn and Garden Collector that I'm referring to if you haven't already figured it out.They just expanded the format to 60 pages total and believe me, that's no mean feat. In order to justify those extra pages, you have to find more advertising revenue and more monthly content. Finding that revenue in these tough economic times is difficult. Getting people to contribute quality articles is also a chore. Finally, there's a lot of hard work involved in picking and choosing what will make up the next issue and getting it put to bed so the printer can take over. The second that's done, the process starts all over again for the next issue.

LAGC is published bi-monthly which means six times per year for those who think bi means something else. Subscription rates are a mere $27.95 per year for the US guys, $33.95 per year for my fellow Canadians and $49.95 for the overseas subscribers.

LAGC is starting their 5th year of publishing. I have been a subscriber since the 3rd month of their first year and had them backdate my subscription to get every issue. I can honestly say that I have found something of interest to me in every issue. The magazine has had a few flaws in it and one day soon I'm going to sit down and write Kate (Editor) and give her an earful about what I don't like. :sidelaugh: I was in contact with her the other day and she did say that she would join our site if I sent her the URL. I did just that and I'm going to send her a reminder. :lol:

I know that some of you guys are already subscribers. The question I have for those who are not can be summed up in two words "WHY NOT". Listen... I love the Colt, Case and Ingersoll tractors at least as much as any one of you but I also have a deep appreciation of all the other brands as well. There's some really, really fine looking iron out there that is being restored and displayed at shows all over the country. I see brands pop up that I never even knew existed. Some of the ways in which these older machines were constructed is fascinating to read about.

I had no idea that there were lever-steer and tiller-steer GT's. I guess that I've lived a very sheltered life up to now. :lol: However, I'm doing my best to make up for that lost time and subscribing to LAGC is one tool in my box of weaponry. Reading about some of the brands certain enthusiasts collect also gives me a greater appreciation for the engineering behind our fave tractor.

I urge you guys to click on this link and get a tiny idea of what this magazine is all about.

http://www.antiquetractormagazine.com

The cover of the Jan/Feb 2011 edition has two good looking Massey's on the cover and the quality of the photography you see is A-typical of what can be found inside issue after issue. Let's face it. You probably don't have the deep pockets needed to buy up and restore all the tractors you'd love to collect but do not tell me that twenty-eight bucks is too much to spend so that you can drool over them.

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Awesome plug Tom, sounds like something that is right up my alley. The little bit I have seen so far looks really impressive.

I might have to let one or two of my other subscriptions lapse to make room and budget for LAGC, but I will never let my Mother Earth subscription expire.

Thanks for the heads up on this one, I for one am always looking at other brands and finding stuff I never knew was out there. :thumbsup:
 

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Interesting. I had never heard of the magazine before this post. :thumbsup:


Tom, I'm surprised you didn't write and give them your $.02 after you received your first issue. :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Im a LITTLE slow

Just got my first issue last month

Ive been missing out

Ill have to skip a couple oil changes on the Onan but itll be worth it LOL
 

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I have subscribed right from issue number 1,back in 2007 I believe. It is the best lawn & garden tractor publication out there.

I stupidly let my subscription run out back in the fall,so I've to re-subscribe,and hope they have some back issues of the ones that I missed.



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I am speechless.

Let me tell you a little bit about us.

Brandon owns the magazine. He is a hard-working guy who farms and works at a Case IH dealership as a sales person. He farms his family's 800+ acre farm in IN and his own farm in IL. He has a wife and three kids and is one of the nicest guys you'll meet. I count him as one of my best friends. We work together and travel when we can. He has a lot of faith in me and has given me full control of the magazine.

I do all of my work from my home. I am married with two awesome kids and a dog. We invited my mother in law to move in with us after my husband's dad died, so she also is part of our family. I do quite of bit of writing and PR for the mag and I truly enjoy it. Before I took on work with the mag, I was a personal chef. yes...I am a heck of a cook!

Brandon and me are hard-working people just like you guys are. We love tractors, restoring them, learning about their history and sharing their stories with other collectors. We have the same money struggles as everyone else and drive beat up cars and drink homemade wine....we aren't a big corporation, trust me. WE love our families and go to church regularly. Brandon enjoys hunting, I enjoy tennis...those are our non-tractor hobbies. lol!

Our graphic designer, Lisa, also works from home so that she can take care of her little son. Her husband travels for work. Our other designer, Sylvia just took a job in Chicago but she is such a great fit with us that she will continue to freelance for the magazine as long as she can.

LAGC isn't perfect. I cringe when I find typos! I feel bad when people dont receive their magazine on time. If your mag is damaged in the mail, we trust you and mail you a new one at not cost...we know that the people who subscribe are honest people.

I thank you for the wonderful words about us and the mag. It made my day! I copied and sent it to my staff to read. It's a good shot in the arm...good medicine during a stressful time!
 

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Well,it was easy to say good things about the mag. because it REALLY is the best lawn and garden tractor publication going.



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I think it's cool that she lives even farther south than I do. You guys can have your long cold winters with TONS of snow, we got Kate down here with us. :sidelaugh:
 

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I just read Kate's latest post. You gotta like these people.
I immediately went over and subscribed to LAGC.
Then I went out to the mailbox, but my first issue hasn't arrived yet.
Kate,where is my issue?
 

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I have six fresh copies of the January issue sitting here, dying to be read.
If you are not a current subscriber, respond to this post and the FIRST SIX RESPONSES will receive a FREE COPY OF LAGC!
 

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Kate

Stewart here I would love one .



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My Mistake
Actually I am a current subscriber as of this morning. So I'm expecting a copy in 4-6 weeks but it likely won't be the Jan issue that I receive.

Thanks

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Hi Kate,

I'd love a copy if available.... I was just about to submit my subscription when your message came in.

Thank you for everything you and your colleagues do to promote and sustain this contagious disease :clap: :clap:

Best Regards,

Kevin
 
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