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Altus gives back through Farm-City Program

Altus_Farmers are spreading the wisdom of the land and teaching folks about their careers this week in Altus.  The city is giving back to the farmer through the Farm-City Program, where several activities on Wednesday highlighted how farming impacts the economy.

The tractor was the highlight of Wednesday's lesson.  Without the tractor, farmers couldn't work the land, and many products on store shelves could disappear - and, you can't teach people about farming without including a John Deere.  One of the activities of the day was to teach those interested how to drive the monster tractors.

Those working at Altus Air Force Base were invited to take the tractors for a test drive.  C-17 Mechanic Tommy Cornelison was gung-ho.  "I've always been interested in tractors, and I thought, you know, I get a half day off work, and I get paid for it, why not?"  It was Cornelison's first time driving a tractor, but definitely not his last, he says.  "It rides smooth," he said.  

"There's no pedals - it's like a video game."  Cornelison was so excited that 7News Reporter Garret Krier gave one a spin - with adult supervision, of course. 

There is nothing more important to farming week than a John Deere - a 20,000 pound, $150,000 staple for farmers.  Local John Deere expert Jim Brown says the tractors are designed with a farmer's long hours in mind.  "They're designed for creature comfort, as you can tell by the cab, and the seating is comfortable, and the cab is quiet," he said.

Other activities during the Farm City Program include, a trip to a local cotton gin and a peanut warehouse, as well as a banquet at Altus High School, Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. 

Soon the base will offer a special flight ride-along for invited farmers and guests on one of its missions.

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