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Stamm refurbishes tractors, creates cash flow

Washington student named National Agri-Entrepreneur by FFA

Jay Stamm, 18, of Washington, Kan., is one of 10 students from across the country who will receive a National Agri-Entrepreneur Award and $1,000 during a ceremony at the 78th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 28. The award program recognizes young people who start or are planning to start businesses.

Jay, the son of Clint and Kelly Stamm, owns and operates StaM-M Sales, a business that specializes in refurbishing and selling Minneapolis-Moline garden tractors and parts. Stamm bought his first garden tractor to restore when he was 12 using money he had earned, and continued buying more as he could afford them. "I found that it was hard to find parts for these garden tractors, since they were only manufactured between 1962 and 1969," Stamm said.

By traveling with his father to auctions and salvage yards, Stamm began building quite a collection of parts. "By connecting with other M-M collectors at tractor shows and conventions, I discovered I had many of the hard-to-find parts others were seeking," Stamm said. "This led me to start a small business selling these parts and a few completed tractors to other collectors across the country."

Through StaM-M Sales, Stamm offers used parts and completely refurbished garden tractors. "I also have replacement products, such as seat cushions and decals, which are made to my specifications. I have several prototypes being made for battery box covers, grill screens and belt shields. These parts are generally missing on salvage tractors, so there is a big demand for them from my customers," Stamm said.

"Already at age 18, Jay has become an expert in the field of antique Minneapolis-Moline lawn and garden tractor restoration and repair as well as the leading nationwide dealer of parts and supplies," said John Kern, Stamm's agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. "He is truly an entrepreneur in every sense of the word."

Stamm is a 2005 graduate of Washington High School. While in school, he served his FFA chapter as reporter, treasurer and president. Stamm was also active in athletics, playing basketball, football and golf. Academically, he has participated in the science Olympiad and has been on the Honor Roll. He is a member of the National Minneapolis-Moline Collectors' Club and the National Prairie Gold Rush Club. Stamm is a freshman at North Central Kansas Vocational Technical College studying automotive mechanics.

USDA Rural Development sponsors the National Agri-Enrepreneurship Award Program as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Inc. FFA is a national youth organization of 490,017 student members preparing for leadership careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,210 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives 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.

Date: 11/2/05


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