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End of an era in Vermont agriculture

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The family-owned agriculture equipment company L.W. Greenwood & Sons is auctioning off its tractors and other farming equipment.

"Well, I just saw something sell for $10 back there and I can tell you it costs a lot more than that," Butch Greenwood said.

The Greenwood brothers, Butch and Ron, are selling their family business and the equipment they will no longer need.

"It's time," Greenwood said. "We've had this business in our family for 85 years. My brother, he just turned 76 here two months ago, and I'm kind of getting up there myself."

Hundreds of farmers and others interested in agriculture are getting in on these hot deals for this prime equipment.

"I just bought a top and everything, the whole complete cab for my six-wheeler, which I've needed for a long time," said Henry Connolly of Randolph.

Most of the new and used equipment will be off to new homes by the end of the day. Champlain Valley Equipment will take over Greenwood's starting in September.

"We've known Ron and Butch a long time and they're getting to the retirement age. We approached them several times, we approached them again this winter and seemed to put a deal together," said Josh Provost of Champlain Valley Equipment.

Champlain Valley Equipment has four stores around the state; Greenwood's will be number five. Since 1929, L.W. Greenwood's sold ag equipment to farms across Vermont and the new owners of the company will be carrying the torch.

"You see the support they have here today from the community. It's just unbelievable. They've been a pillar here for so long, it's nice to see it continue. So, we're looking forward to that," Provost said.

The Greenwood brothers agree this day is bittersweet.

Reporter Logan Crawford: Is it hard to say goodbye?

Butch Greenwood: Yeah, yeah. But just like any good thing, it's got to come to an end at some point.

The end of one company and the growth of another, but farmers will still have a place to go in East Randolph for their agriculture needs.

The Greenwood brothers will stay on with Champlain Valley Equipment for the first year to help with the transition.

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