MONTE VISTA—The forty-fourth Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association Institute will be held Feb. 8 and 9 at the Monte Villa Hotel in Monte Vista.
Over 125 members, spouses, advisors and guests are expected to attend. The members of the San Luis Valley Young Farmer Chapter in the Alamosa area are serving as hosts for some of the events and activities.
The state officers coordinating the Institute include: President Bryson Miller of Brush, Fort Morgan Chapter; Vice President Allan Carlson of Longmont, St. Vrain Chapter; Secretary Tyrell Williams of Ignacio, San Luis Valley Chapter; Treasurer Ben Christiansen of San Luis Valley Chapter; Reporter Rebecca May of Brush, Colorado State University Chapter and Immediate Past President Dan Ross of Yuma, Yuma Chapter.
The delegates representing their respective chapters will elect officers for the 2013-2014 year and conduct business pertaining to the association.
After the business session on Friday morning, the group will spend the day touring the Colorado State University San Luis Valley Research Center and the Hi-Land Potato Company facility.
The Friday evening activity is a Hawaiian Luau with a dinner, games and prizes.
The 2013 Colorado Spokesperson for Agriculture contest will be held Saturday morning. The five winners will be announced at the noon luncheon.
The winner will represent Colorado in the National contest in December in San Antonio, Texas.
The Saturday afternoon educational workshop entitled, “Step Up – Stand Out – Discover Your True Leadership Potential” will be presented by Andy Bartlett, Past Colorado FFA President.
The Saturday evening Awards Banquet will feature a presentation by Darius Allen, Alamosa County commissioner.
The banquet will also include recognition of the following award recipients: Honorary Members, Outstanding Chapter Community Service Award, Outstanding and Runner-Up Chapter, Outstanding Advisor, Outstanding Agri-Business Award, Outstanding Agri-Service Award, Outstanding Regional Young Farmer and Outstanding Member. The annual Case IH Scholarship Tractor Auction will also highlight the activities.
The 2013-2014 newly elected officers will be installed to conclude the banquet activities.