The Rutland Middle School chapter of the Future Farmers of America is led by agriculture teachers Robbie Bartlett and Andrew Reeves. Bartlett recently announced that local FFA Alumni have purchased the middle school chapter a 1926 McCormick Deering tractor.

Rutland Middle School - FFA Tractor
1926 McCormick Deering tractor just prior to being unloaded at Rutland Middle School. Photo courtesy Rutland Middle School.

“This is a very unique tractor that is going to be eye-catching,” says Bartlett. “It has steel teeth on the wheels, it runs on two different types of fuel (cranks on gasoline then switches to kerosene to run), it has a curtain on the front to control the temp, and it has many other unique characteristics”

The Rutland FFA chapter received the tractor, along with “an abundant amount of information” for the students, “to include the original book that came with tractor when it was purchased brand new, hand-written letters from the previous owners, and so forth. This is going to be an awesome opportunity for our chapter,” says Bartlett.

The restoration is a long-term project, which the students will complete with the advice and assistance of their teacher advisors and their community partners. The Rutland Middle School FFA will be looking forward to sharing the completed project with the Macon-Bibb County community.

Rutland Middle FFA - Tractor original
1926 McCormick Deering tractor had been neglected for many years prior to its purchase by FFA alumni. Photo courtesy Rutland Middle School.



Published by Lauren Deal

Lauren Deal is an attorney-at-law with the Deal Law Firm, LLC. She is also a wife, mother of two, a former teacher and assignment editor for Macon Community News.