For the sixth time in over a decade, a tractor restoration project is being used to benefit New York FFA members in many ways. On February 22, 2013, the latest of these projects, a 1925 Fordson tractor, will have a new owner when a raffle is held during the New York Farm Show in Syracuse, N.Y. This 1925 Fordson was donated to the New York FFA by retired agricultural educators Daryle Foster and Donald Farrand. The tractor was taken on by SUNY Morrisville as a restoration project for students, under the direction of Charles Ax, assistant professor of agricultural engineering. Partnering with SUNY Morrisville, the New York FFA Foundation has put over $4,000 into this project. With a complete engine overhaul, metal work, tire replacement, and painting, about 1,500 hours have been invested in the tractor. Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased online at www.nyffafoundation.org
Currently the tractor is in western New York, on display at Romance & Sons. It was on display at the Western NY Farm Show, where members of the Pioneer FFA and officers of the NY State FFA Association were on hand to talk about the project and its value to New York agricultural education. Pioneer FFA has restored two of the previous raffle tractors for the FFA. Attendees are encouraged to stop in at the FFA booth at the farm show and support this project. Students will be on hand to talk to the public about this great program.