A John Deere tractor, donated to the Nevada FFA, traveled from Columbus, Ind., to the Nevada High School on Labor Day.


Johanna Stephens, a former Nevada High School ag student and FFA member, wanted to give back to the chapter something as a token of appreciation for the multitude of great experiences she had as a student and FFA member.


Stephen’s grandfather had recently passed and had a collection of over 15 tractors. The chapter selected a John Deere tractor, and all that was needed was a good trailer to haul it back to Nevada on. Fortunately Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor, was visiting the John and Marytha Pitt farm southeast of Nevada. When Cooper posed the need for a good trailer, John said, “Take my trailer, I just put new tires on it !” So the trailer headed east on Friday, Sept. 1, and came back loaded with a John Deere model 50 on Labor Day.


“The timing was good. Avery Mather and Jacob Badger had just finished working on a Oliver Super 77, so they were at the ag mechanics lab ready to unload the John Deere”, stated Cooper. “The tractor is really straight, engine is not stuck — should be a cost-effective project” added Cooper. Stephens requested that the family get first opportunity to purchase the tractor upon completion.