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Irrigation innovator, Omaha entrepreneur dies

Robert Daugherty, the man who was instrumental in opening the Great Plains to large-scale agriculture through center pivot irrigation, died Nov. 23 at 88, following a brief illness. Daugherty acquired the patent for center pivot irrigation equipment in 1953 and used the revolutionary machine to found Omaha-based Valmont Industries, one of the largest suppliers of farm machinery in the world.

posted at 06:55 pm
on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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