Tractor raffle

Tractor raffle
CLARKSTON - Future Farmers of America has over 80 chapters across Idaho. But with school districts going through budget cuts, programs aren't getting as much funding as they used to.

But a Caldwell couple is looking to help FFA by raffling off a tractor. Sid Freeman said FFA is a vital part of education for all students, not just those interested in agriculture.

"All of the schools are getting cut and the FFA program really needs the money," said Freeman. "I've spoken to two chapters already, the Culdesac program got cut last year and Riggins is on the chopping block this year. I think state-wide there are several programs that are hurting for funding."

Freeman said the goal is to raise $50,000 through the sale of raffle tickets. 60% of the proceeds will be given to FFA members in the form of $1,000 scholarships.

"The FFA program in my opinion is one of the best programs our high schools have to offer our kids because it will give them the ability to be self-sufficient at whatever career they go into," said Freeman. "The training that they get through the FFA program carries on with them through their whole life."

Freeman is taking the tractor all over the state so people can get a good look at it. He hopes to make this an annual event to help supplement the program.

Idaho businesses donated parts and services to help restore the 1940's model tractor. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through your local FFA Chapter.