New York FFA Raises $16,500 in Tractor Restoration Program


        On Friday February 24, the New York FFA drew a winning ticket for a fully restored 1946 Ford 2N Tractor. The winner of the tractor was Kerry Bell of Fort Ann, NY. The FFA raised $16,500 to support agricultural education and state level FFA leadership programs. .

        The 1946 Ford 2N was donated to the New York FFA by retired agricultural teacher Bob Robinson. The tractor was originally purchased by Bob's father, Don Robinson who was also an agricultural teacher. The tractor was fully restored by members of the Pioneer FFA Chapter in Yorkshire, NY and then turned over to the New York FFA. Ticket sales were kicked off at the Empire Farm Days and concluded during the FFA Alumni Toy Auction held during the New York Farm Show on Friday February 24. Tickets were sold across the state by members of the New York FFA and countless supporters.

        The Ford 2N is the fifth such restoration and raffle conducted by the FFA since 2003. Former restorations have included two Ford 8N's, an Allis Chalmers WD, and John Deer BR. With the conclusion of the Ford 2N raffle, just shy of $75,000 has been raised to support the New York FFA. Todd Lighthall, Exec Dir of the NY FFA Foundation shares that the value of this program is much greater than the monetary benefit.

        "The tractor restoration program not only provides an opportunity to raise much needed funds, it also provides a meaningful project to students enrolled in high school agricultural mechanics. Students, guided by their advisors and community volunteers do the work; from tear down, to parts research, to seeing the project through to completion. It is truly a win/win for all involved."

        And the project has a future. Currently the FFA has three tractors being restored for future raffles. These include an Allis Chalmers by Southern Cayuga FFA, an American Fordson by Morrisville State College, and a Ford Ferguson by the Tully FFA. All eight tractors have been donated to the FFA. The nex raffle is slated to kick off at the Empire Farm Days this summer. If you have a tractor that you want to contribute to this program, contact Todd Lighthall at 315-346-1222.

        The New York FFA would like to recognize the following businesses and individuals who went the extra mile to promote and implement this event. Bob Robinson and Family, the Pioneer FFA Chapter, Jon Clayson, Marty Krause, Marylou Genaway, Larry Romance & Sons, Conroy Motors, Tim Havens - Falls Farm & Garden, Atticus Communications, and the New York Farm Bureau and its many members who supported this raffle.

Todd Lighthall, Exec Dir New York FFA Foundation

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