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A retired farm couple with homes in Nebraska and Alaska decide to make the trip north by tractor, for charity.

Willie Vogt

November 18, 2022

What’s on your bucket list? Thinking of skydiving or perhaps bungie jumping? Or maybe trying a unique fundraiser is more your speed. That’s the story behind this week’s Around Farm Progress podcast.

Curt Arens with Nebraska Farmer share the story of a trip taken by Dick and Carolee Ourada from Imperial, Neb., to Fairbanks, Alaska. The Ouradas made the trip by tractor, specifically an International Harvester 574, traveling at the top speed of 20 mph.

Their trip, designed to raise money for a hospital charity, also included stops at a number of Case IH dealerships along the way, and the trip included quality tractor seat time on the AlCan highway all 1,329 miles of it. In this episode Arens shares some of what he learned about the Ourada’s trip, and what they found on the journey. It’s a fascinating story about a retired farmer, who at 82, still wants to do good. Give it a listen.

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Willie Vogt

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology for more than 40 years, with most of that time as editorial director for Farm Progress. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied.

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