Featured: What’s this CSU ag organization doing on campus?

May 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm 2 comments

We asked Colorado State University’s CYFEA president about what his organization is doing on campus!  Read on!

Greetings from Ft. Collins, CO! The Colorado State University Young Farmers chapter is excited to be featured for Agriculture’s Promise. As we wrap up classes and get set to begin final exams next week, our members are all relieved to have made it through our busiest time of year unscathed.

Spring is always a very busy and productive time for our chapter. Beginning in the first week of February with the Colorado Young Farmers State Institute, we find ourselves always either planning or executing some event virtually through the first weekend in May. This February, five members of CSU Young Farmers competed in the Colorado Young Farmers Spokesperson for Agriculture contest, and for the third consecutive year, a CSU Young Farmers member won the contest. Stephanie Lebsock will represent our chapter, and our state, at the National Institute later this year. Our advisor, Dr. Kellie Enns, left State Institute with the Glenn Schmeeckle Colorado Young Farmers Outstanding Advisor award.

For the past three years, we have coordinated a broomball tournament with other student organizations in the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences. This year, we expanded the tournament to include five organizations. That is always a great time for our members to mingle with one another and engage in some friendly competition with a large number of other students.

CYFEA members play broomball

We have a unique opportunity to work very closely with the Colorado FFA Association to support Agricultural Education in Colorado. In 2008, we founded the CSU Young Farmers chapter in order to broaden the horizons of an already existing campus organization that is now housed inside CSU Young Farmers. Alpha Tau Alpha (ATA) is a national organization for college students majoring in Agricultural Education. Today, our Young Farmers chapter includes ATA, so many of our university’s Agricultural Education students are members. Dr. Enns, our advisor, is a member of Colorado Team AgEd, and she works to train future ag teachers in her position as an Agricultural Education professor at CSU. Our Young Farmers chapter remains very in touch with the goals of ATA, so much of what we do is done with the purpose of supporting and promoting Agricultural Education at the state and district levels.

Throughout our school year, we run various FFA Career Development Events. We put together Parliamentary Procedure and Quiz Bowl contests to send to FFA districts that are too far for us to drive to, and we plan and coordinate contests that we can get to. It is always a tremendous learning experience for all of our members. In March, we planned and coordinated the Quiz Bowl and Parliamentary Procedure contests for Colorado’s North Central FFA District in Brighton, CO. In June, we will travel to Craig, CO, for the Colorado FFA State Convention, where we will coordinate the state contests for Quiz Bowl, Parliamentary Procedure, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Prepared Public Speaking, and Creed Speaking. We also judge all of the students’ record books from their Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs, their Ag Notebooks, secretary’s books, and the science fair competition.

Our biggest event of the year took place just a few days ago on May 2 and 3. For the past three years, our organization has planned and coordinated the Colorado FFA State Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event. This is one of the largest and most diverse contests that students can be involved in, and it also serves as a nice fundraiser for our chapter. Students are judged in many different practicum areas, including welding, farm power and machinery, tool identification, fluid identification, plumbing, electricity, creating a bill of materials, a written test, and a team activity. This year’s team activity was cost estimation for ten panels. It included a writing portion and a speaking portion. In some years, plumbing and electricity are replaced by carpentry. Last year’s team activity was building a sawhorse. A group of five of our students spent the better part of their semester planning this contest, and over 30 students assisted in its implementation over the two days that it ran. Along with serving as a wonderful educational opportunity for our students, this time also serves as our biggest fundraiser of the year. The Saturday before the contest began, our students made over 200 burritos to sell to FFA members that come to CSU to compete in various Career Development Events. Many of us were out early in the morning on Monday to sell the burritos, and others were up even earlier to make sure that the burritos were warm.

CYFEA members' Doug Wilson and Megan Semler make burritos to sell to Colorado FFA members.

As our school year winds down, we hope to look back and be able to say that this year has been a valuable one for our chapter. Our membership stands at the highest it has ever been, and we have begun to draw from a diverse group of students from various departments on campus. It is great to become more and more involved with the Colorado Young Farmers, and we hope to send a team to compete in CYFEA’s largest fundraiser this July, the Fish ‘N Chip tournament in Windsor, CO. Thank you for featuring our chapter, and we look forward to a successful 2010-2011 school year!

Will Nelson
President, CSU Young Farmers/Alpha Tau Alpha

Many thanks to Will Nelson for this post & for doing an AWESOME job at CSU for agriculture!
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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. christinegrogantaylor  |  May 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm

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  • 2. Janice Rose  |  May 6, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Great Post! Thank you for keeping us updated on what CSU has been up to!


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