Some Wisconsin FFA members are learning mechanical skills by restoring old tractors.
Advisor Matt Reinders has been the agricultural instructor at Edgar for the past nine years and taught at Loyal for nine years before that. His classes have been restoring old tractors the entire time. “I do have some students that have been around this stuff but I also have some students that have never turned a wrench, really, and so when we tear apart that engine, they’re seeing all of the internal parts, and once you learn how they function, they’re really simple.”
Restored tractors at 2023 Wisconsin FFA convention
Reinders says the students do all of the work, from the teardown to reassembly and painting.