Delta High School ag education instructor William Nelson attended the Colorado Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (CVATA) Summer Conference from June 24-27. Over 80 agricultural educators from across Colorado attended the annual professional development conference, held this year at the Colorado State University ARDEC (Agriculture Research, Development and Education Center) facility in Fort Collins.
During the conference instructors were given the chance to participate in a variety of professional development trainings which included hands-on workshops in the area of agriculture mechanics and veterinary science. Attendees were also given updates by state and national Team Ag Ed representatives, and conducted business sessions for the CVATA. Russel Ewell of AET, Colorado ag education's Internet based recordkeeping system, introduced changes and helped answer questions that instructors had about the relatively new system. Finally, conference attendees were given numerous opportunities to tour producers involved in various segments of the ag industry around Fort Collins. These tours included Busch ag test plots, dairy farm tours hosted by Western Dairy Association and tours of CSU's ARDEC animal and crop production facilities.
Besides educational workshops and meetings, teachers also took part in meal functions sponsored by DJ's Fundraising, Edwards Right Price Market, CEV multimedia and Riverstar Farms. Attendees were also treated to a dinner on Tuesday night prepared by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association hosted at the farm of Bill and Bret Markham and family of Berthoud.
This year the CVATA was honored to have in attendance at its awards banquet over 30 members and spouses of the CRVATA, the Colorado Retired Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association.blog comments powered by Disqus