Several Nevada High School agriculture education students and FFA members have logged hundreds of hours working every day and evening in the Nevada High School Ag Mechanics lab and at home. In order for tractors and implement projects to be competitive at the county and state fairs, and to meet buyer expectations, ag ed students and FFA members have been diligent and put in the extra time. Component replacement, wiring, sheet metal replacement, seats, starters, bushings and decals all take time to get done correctly.
“Outside of a couple of nights when I was at the ag teacher’s conference and the fourth of July, we have worked almost every morning and night” stated Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School ag ed instructor and FFA advisor.
Support and contributions for the projects have come from several areas, including donation of new tires from Titan Tire, sandblasting donated by Nevada Monument, donated sheet metal and components from Colfax Tractor Parts and expertise from former students and companies. Sam Shaffer and his body shop employees also straightened some dents for tractor sheet metal. “A student needed a carburetor, and Bill Deppe of Maquoketa had one for us within days!” added Cooper.
Potential buyers have been frequenting the shop, and donated equipment continues to arrive every week. “I enjoy seeing the students gain skills, solve problems, work together, complete cost accountin, and project sales price to insure profit” states Cooper.
Some of the tractors are owned by the students and their family, and are retained. Two tractors earned purple ribbons recently at the Story County Fair, while other tractors and implements are nearing completion for the upcoming state fair.