Minnesota Agriculture Class Gives Antique John Deere Tractor a Facelift
The use of John Deere equipment as a foundation and training for a mechanical or agricultural career is something that is a common theme in farming communities, as educators use their favorite tractors and machinery to help teach students about ways to fix up an older model.
Though many people restore old John Deere equipment as a hobby or to see their favorite tractor in its original glory, the use of old machinery for educational purposes is becoming a common practice in the agricultural education field.
One agricultural class at Worthington High School in Minnesota was tasked withrestoring an older John Deere tractor in order to learn about inner workings of the machine and to gain an appreciation for the time and energy that goes into making agricultural equipment, according to the Worthington Daily Globe.
The students at this school have done projects related to tractor restoration for 11 straight years, and this year is no different. Jon Weitgenant, a former instructor of an agricultural class, donated an old John Deere 630 to be restored at the school, a project that the kids willingly took on.
“I’ve been on advisory committees with the FFA, and on the ag advisory committee with (Worthington Community College),” Weitgenant told the news source. “Somewhere along the line we were talking about projects. I had my first John Deere then - a 730.”