Proud to be a Hometown Farmer - A Big Donation

The students at Dordt College haven't used a tractor quite like this.

"Some of the tractors are a littler older."

But not this one, thanks to Icon Ag and Turf in Le Mars.

The company donated two Tractors, one to Dordt College in Sioux Center and the other to Northwestern in Orange City.

"We have some good relations with the people there and we thought what better way to give back as to provide some tractor use for this year in 2017," Adam Timmerman, General Manager of Icon Ag and Turf, said.

Icon gave the schools the tractors for up to 300 hours use, essentially throughout the entirety of the winter months for the schools to use them as they wish.

At Dordt, it's going to their Ag Program for students to use the latest and greatest technology.

"It's a blessing to the ag program," said Mike Schouten, Ag Stewardship Center's Manager at Dordt College, "to the college and to our agriculture students. It's going to be used on the farm here. All our students are getting a chance to run it learn how to operate it."

Just down the road in Orange City, Northwestern is using its tractor for maintenance.

"Budgets have been frozen," said Scott Simmelink, the Director of buildings and grounds at Northwestern College. "And so we haven't had a chance to upgrade some of our equipment so getting a brand new $70,000 John Deere tractor to use for the real winter is a real blessing."

Not only did Icon Ag and Turf provide a loader for the tractor but also gave them a chance to provide a snow blower in the back. So that way they're able to clean most of the college and clear the snow in the parking lots and parts of the school.

"Everyone is tied to these institutions in the area and they provide a great Christian education so we're behind them all the way."

Something the students are grateful for.

"Our program wouldn't be where it is without help from companies like Icon."

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