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Collegiate Farm Bureau students gain experience in leadership and service

02 November 2016

The Collegiate Farm Bureau (CFB) at Pratt Community College is learning and growing more than just your average Kansas crop.  CFB President, student Garrett Geesling and Vice President, student Keenan Stultz, both sophomores and in their second year with the organization were able to attend the Collegiate Farm Bureau Leadership Retreat at Rock Springs earlier this Fall.
 
The event provided personal development, leadership training and an opportunity to build their networks and collaborate with their peers from chapters at other colleges and universities throughout the state.
 
“It was a great experience,” said Geesling. “Being able to network with other students and people within the industry was very valuable.”
 
At the retreat the colleges worked together to pack nearly 3000 meals that would be sent to Africa to feed young people. Each group also packed cases of meals to take back to their local food bank. Geesling and Stultz came home with a case of 60 meals to donate to the Pratt Food Bank.
 
CFB is no stranger to service within their community. The chapter volunteered their time to serve the dinner at the annual Chamber Gala in October. Last November they took part in a campaign called The Big Thank You where they rallied fellow students, PCC faculty, staff and the community to write letters to U.S. troops deployed overseas. All together they sent out more than 110 hand-written letters, drawings and thank you notes.
 
“Last year was the first year for us to be involved with the Big Thank You organization and it is something we want to do again in the future,” said Stultz.
 
The CFB is also teaming up with PCC’s Block and Bridle and the Agriculture department to put on a student focused ag fair this month. The event is called “Bringing the Farm 2Campus” and it will boast a day of education, fun, food and prizes.
 
“Bringing the farm to campus is all about connecting with everyone on campus and teaching them about agriculture and how the food we all eat is produced,” said Geesling. “CFB is all about advocating for agriculture and there are so many people on campus who don’t know what all farming and this industry is about.”
 
Brining the Farm 2Campus will be held on Nov. 17 from 2-6 p.m. on the PCC Rodeo Grounds. There will be different booths for everyone to visit about everything from grain crops and cattle ranching to demonstrations and live animals. After the event they will host the annual Ag Olympics on campus at 6:30 p.m.
 
Collegiate Farm Bureau provides students the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills as future Ag leaders through experiences with the county, state, and national Farm Bureau organization. Collegiate Farm Bureau helps students build networks with other student leaders, connect with others to discuss issues impacting agriculture, promote agriculture as an industry, and gain experiences with leaders and mentors in the agricultural industry. For more information, contact Lori Montgomery at lorim@prattcc.edu.
 


Packing meals at the CFB Leadership Retreat