Back in the mid 80's I went to the Farm and met with the brother in charge of computing/programing there. He told me this story.
In the late 70's he purchased a Heath Kit (blast from the past) Computer and tinkered with that in all his spare time. Programming in basic etc. He was approached there by the fat cats and asked about it. They then put him in charge of setting a computer dept and moved him to the Farm and like many small companies grew with the technology.
He showed me the system they had developed setting up the mini printing presses with lasers in other countries. He said the technology was so new it was cumbersome to get the gov't to let the technology out of the US, but that they were able to go through the right channels and get it done.
It was interesting being an electronics / computer professional myself.
It was the project of Reiner Holm and John Ekran who were sent to the WT farm with a minimal budget to produce a demonstration of what they thought they could do. About a year later the GB approved the project with enthusiasm and a real budget. Holm was the computer science nut. Ekran was into software.
I think Ekran might be the brother I spoke to. Does the Heath Kit / Move from NY Bethal sound right?