Local ag education instructor, Brenten Ormiston, attended the Colorado Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (CVATA) Summer Conference from June 29 – July 1.

Local ag education instructor, Brenten Ormiston, attended the Colorado Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (CVATA) Summer Conference from June 29 – July 1. Over 60 Agricultural Educators from across Colorado attended the annual professional development conference, held this year at Lamar Community College.


During the conference instructors were given the chance to participate in a variety of professional development trainings which included training in the areas of animal handling and fitting, land classification, fire ecology, implementing inquiry based learning and training on the agriculture communications CDE. Roger Hanagriff of AET, Colorado Ag Education’s internet based record keeping system, introduced upgrades to the system and helped answer questions that instructors had. Additional training opportunities were offered in the areas of aligning Ag Education courses with Colorado state standards and an annual trailer variance certification course for Ag Education instructors. Attendees were also given updates by state and national Team Ag Ed representatives including State and National FFA, Colorado Community College System, Colorado Young Farmers and the CSU Ag Education department.


Finally, conference attendees were given numerous opportunities to tour businesses involved in various segments of the ag industry around Lamar. These tours included Colorado Beef Feedlot (JBS), Dragon Enterprises Manufacturing, Lamar Power wind farm, R&R Game Birds and CF Maier Composites.


Besides educational workshops and meetings, teachers also took part in meal functions sponsored by DJ’s Fundraising, Edwards Right Price Market, and Riverstar Farms. Attendees were also treated to a dinner on Tuesday night prepared by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association hosted at the Lawrence and Tressa Brase residence in Wiley. CVATA members were also involved in conducting the business of the organization by participating in business meetings, standing committee work and electing representatives to fill open positions in the CVATA leadership continuum.


To conclude the conference, CVATA officers conducted an awards Dinner and officer installation at the Elks Lodge in Lamar. New CVATA officers for the 2015-2016 year were installed as follows: Executive Secretary/Treasurer Cory Wedel, Stratton; Secretary Lauren Hart, St. Vrain Valley; President-elect John Stahley, Platte Valley; and President Matt Sinclair, Sangre De Cristo. Retiring CVATA President Todd Thomas of Caliche was presented with his retiring officer gavel and received thanks for his years of service as a CVATA officer.