St. Peter FFA Chapter Rolls into School with Tractors

St. Peter FFA Chapter Rolls into School with Tractors

ST. PETER, Minn. (KEYC) - It was hard to miss members of the Future Farmers of America Chapter at St. Peter High School Friday morning.

The students revved up their engines in a parking lot, ready to talk about all things related to agriculture including equipment safety.

President of St. Peter High School's FFA Chapter Sean Miller said students came out at noon to check out the tractors.

"Students will come in at about 12 o'clock today cause we get out of school early," said Miller."

" And they can ask any questions about the tractors that they have or if they want to sit on it or anything like that."

Agriculture Instructor and FFA Adviser Michael Reeser said the ride is a part of a national activity in the organization.

“We meet at a young person’s farm, one of our students’ farms about six miles out of town, so we left there about 6:30 this morning, so about a nice half hour ride, at about ten miles an hour.” The group celebrated their chapter and everything agriculture, and they were pumped to showcase their sweet rides.

FFA Members Cole Deegan and Mitch Pettis restored an older tractor last summer, putting in over 150 hours of work.

“It’s a 1936 Farmall F20, we restored it since, well we started restoring it last September,” said Deegan.

They entered it into the State FFA Convention and will also compete in the Chevron FFA Tractor Restoration Competition.

Miller also drove in a tractor, the only one he could get while his dad used the others for farming. "This is a John Deer 2755, it's kind of the baby of our tractors that we have here." The group also wanted to use the moment to educate people on agriculture equipment safety, and how tractor operators and vehicles around them should operate, especially during planting season. "Using our slow-moving vehicle signs, using our flashers on our equipment, being aware of our surroundings, " said Reeser.

“And then also just hopefully so that vehicles that are passing or trying to move around the equipment are moving safely so that they understand that we are on the road, trying to get to our fields and out to plant our crops.”

The group brought out eight tractors for the " Ride Your Tractor to School Day" event.

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