RACINE, Wis. - To commemorate its 60th year as an FFA sponsor, Case IH has produced an exclusive Gold Signature Edition Farmall tractor and will auction it on eBay to benefit the National FFA Foundation.
The eBay auction will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 21 and conclude on Friday, Aug. 31. To place a bid, visit http://www.ebay.com/ and enter Gold Signature Farmall in the search field.
"This is a great opportunity for Farmall enthusiasts to own a one-of-a-kind tractor, and simultaneously contribute to the National FFA Organization," says John Koetz, Case IH senior director of North American marketing. "We at Case IH are proud to have supported the tremendous achievements of FFA youth for 60 years, and are looking forward to creating additional excitement with our Gold Signature Edition Farmall."
For bidders who want to see the rare Farmall first-hand, the tractor will be displayed on the Case IH lot at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. Aug. 28-30. The 18-hp, sub-compact tractor is customized with distinctive red-and-gold paint - a nod to the International Harvester heritage of Case IH. International Harvester manufactured special "Gold Demonstrator" tractors in the late 1960s and 1970s.
The Gold Signature Edition Farmall comes equipped with a mower deck, automatic hydrostatic transmission and 3-cylinder engine. It is a "junior" version of Gold Signature Edition Magnum® and Steiger® tractors, which Case IH also will display at the Farm Progress Show. The higher-horsepower Gold Signature Edition tractors are limited editions, being sold to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Magnum tractor and 50th anniversary of Steiger. All Gold Signature Edition models carry a special decal, personally signed by Randy Baker, president of Case IH.
As a Four Star sponsor of FFA, Case IH is the sole corporate sponsor of National FFA Week and the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Agricultural Education Program Award. Case IH also supports the American Farmer Degree program and FFA Collegiate Career Expo.
"We are so excited that Case IH has decided to celebrate their continued support of the National FFA Organization with this unique and amazing tractor," says Beau Williamson, National FFA President. "As a dedicated sponsor of several National FFA programs and an integral leader in the agriculture industry, Case IH has gone above and beyond for the young agriculturalists of America."
Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment - for those who demand more. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools; planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; and site-specific farming tools.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 495,046 student members - all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture - as part of 7,242 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.