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Pink tractor holds special meaning for Delmarva woman

Hunter Allen sits in the seat of a pink John Deere 2032R compact tractor; Beth Steeley stands beside him
PINK DREAM: Beth Steeley and Hunter Allen, sales associate at Atlantic Tractor in Queen Anne, Md., after the unveiling of a pink John Deere 2032R compact tractor Sept. 19.
Beth Steeley wants to promote breast cancer awareness and women in agriculture.

Beth Steeley is a woman on a mission. It’s what brought her into Atlantic Tractor in Queen Anne, Md., over the summer with a unique request.

Steeley wanted to purchase the John Deere 2032R compact utility tractor that was pitched to her by salesman Hunter Allen, but if, and only if, he would make the tractor pink.

Never in its 14 years in business has Atlantic Tractor been asked to take a brand-new tractor, have it stripped down and repainted in the Susan G. Komen dark pink color.

But the challenge was accepted by Atlantic Tractor to help Steeley turn her green tractor into a pink tractor and, in turn, help her forward her two missions: to promote awareness of breast cancer, and to help promote and bring awareness to women in agriculture.

"This is a much-shared experience," Steeley says. "It took Atlantic Tractor saying yes. It took women having breast cancer and standing up and trying to make a better situation for younger women. It took a community to come together and start supporting women in farming, which has been very hard for me because I am a widow, I have 21 acres and I want to farm. It’s all part of a conversation that I am hoping this tractor will start."

Steeley's tractor was unveiled at the Queen Anne Goes Pink Event on Sept. 19 at Atlantic Tractor.

Source: Atlantic Tractor

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