The Ex­change

Trac­tors, tools, tips and tricks

Farm & Ranch Living - - THE WAY WE LIVE - JULIE PETERSEN KNOXVILLE, IOWA

DED­I­CA­TION PAYS OFF

Our son Joshua bought this trac­tor from a neigh­bor. It hadn’t run in more than 10 years. It’s a ’67 John Deere 5020 with a Detroit 8V-71 re-power. Joshua over­hauled the mo­tor and painted it, all while en­rolled in a John Deere Tech pro­gram 3½ hours away. He came home on week­ends and worked on it con­tin­u­ously. An FFA project, the trac­tor was com­pleted in time to ex­hibit at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, Joshua worked as a John Deere tech­ni­cian for about a year, then ran his own shop on our fam­ily farm for two years. His work is in such high de­mand he’s now build­ing a new shop in a more well-trav­eled lo­ca­tion nearby.

Oc­to­ber is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month. Turn the page to read Julie’s story about her daugh­ter Jenny’s pink trac­tor, a salute to fam­ily mem­bers and oth­ers who have bat­tled breast can­cer.

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