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Fort Morgan Named Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter

Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association
Greg Winter representing Garst Seeds, the annual sponsor of the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter award, is shown here with representatives from the Fort Morgan Chapter including chapter president Matt Keating and co-advisor of the chapter Dennis Bostron. Pictured (L to R) are Mandy Keating, Matt Keating, Greg Winter, Jean Bostron and Dennis Bostron.

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Do good deeds and you will be justly rewarded. This bit of long-preached wisdom has become somewhat of an informal creed for the Fort Morgan Young Farmer Chapter, taken to heart this last year. For its long list of hugely successful activities, many community-based, the chapter members took home the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter title for 2008. They received the award at the organization’s state institute held earlier this year in Denver.

Under the leadership of Chapter President Jason Lorenzini and Chapter Advisor Greg Ditter, the chapter held more than 21 activities and events, including educational tours, community service activities and events designed to bring the members together for fellowship and fun when they aren’t farming. Once you’ve read this group’s 2008 list of accomplishments, it’s pretty clear that these members know how to have a good time doing whatever it is that they are doing at any given time.

From saddling up their half-man, half-horse costumes to do a funny, but educational skit for the Morgan County Board of Realtors and doing a rain dance to boxing food for Caring Ministries and touring Cargill Meat Solutions, the Morgan Chapter is always on the go.

In addition to Cargill Meat Solutions, educational tours also took them to Colorado Interstate Gas, Badger Creek/Quail Ridge Dairy, Morning Fresh Eggs, Front Range Ethanol and the Pawnee Power Plant. At each stop, the group learned something new about a specialized area of agriculture or alternative energy that they had not been familiar with previously.

Community service activities for the year included sponsorship of the catch-it-pig contest at the Morgan County Fair and a barbecue, also at the fair that takes place prior to the livestock sale and draws approximately 1,000 people each year. The Chapter helps prepare food for an FFA ag mechanics dinner that feeds more than 120 high school FFA students from around the state who are in Fort Morgan for the ag mechanics competition. The CYF members hold an annual scholarship golf tournament to raise money for high school seniors who are going to study something agriculture related at college. The chapter offered some special financial support to Colorado state FFA officer Stephanie Lebsock of Fort Morgan when she traveled with fellow officers to Ireland for a tour.

Do good deeds and you will be justly rewarded. This bit of long-preached wisdom has become somewhat of an informal creed for the Fort Morgan Young Farmer Chapter, taken to heart this last year. For its long list of hugely successful activities, many community-based, the chapter members took home the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter title for 2008. They received the award at the organization’s state institute held earlier this year in Denver.

Under the leadership of Chapter President Jason Lorenzini and Chapter Advisor Greg Ditter, the chapter held more than 21 activities and events, including educational tours, community service activities and events designed to bring the members together for fellowship and fun when they aren’t farming. Once you’ve read this group’s 2008 list of accomplishments, it’s pretty clear that these members know how to have a good time doing whatever it is that they are doing at any given time.

From saddling up their half-man, half-horse costumes to do a funny, but educational skit for the Morgan County Board of Realtors and doing a rain dance to boxing food for Caring Ministries and touring Cargill Meat Solutions, the Morgan Chapter is always on the go.

In addition to Cargill Meat Solutions, educational tours also took them to Colorado Interstate Gas, Badger Creek/Quail Ridge Dairy, Morning Fresh Eggs, Front Range Ethanol and the Pawnee Power Plant. At each stop, the group learned something new about a specialized area of agriculture or alternative energy that they had not been familiar with previously.

Community service activities for the year included sponsorship of the catch-it-pig contest at the Morgan County Fair and a barbecue, also at the fair that takes place prior to the livestock sale and draws approximately 1,000 people each year. The Chapter helps prepare food for an FFA ag mechanics dinner that feeds more than 120 high school FFA students from around the state who are in Fort Morgan for the ag mechanics competition. The CYF members hold an annual scholarship golf tournament to raise money for high school seniors who are going to study something agriculture related at college. The chapter offered some special financial support to Colorado state FFA officer Stephanie Lebsock of Fort Morgan when she traveled with fellow officers to Ireland for a tour.


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