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Young Farmers and Ranchers prep for their future

02 February 2017

Students, farmers and ranchers from across Kansas gathered in Manhattan Jan. 27-29 for the annual Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) leaders conference. Nine Pratt Community College students attended the conference with PCC Adjunct Ag Instructor, Jackie Mundt.

The conference provided young ag producers between the ages of 18-35 with agricultural education, motivational speakers and opportunities to connect with industry resources and network with peers.

Skyland Grain visits campus and signs partnership

11 August 2016

Officials from Skyland Grain, LCC visited the Pratt Community College campus on Aug. 8 where they made their partnership official. Skyland Grain CEO David Cron and members of the Skyland team travelled from their headquarters in Johnson, Kan. and eastern administrative offices in Cunningham on Monday to visit the PCC campus and together signed a partnership agreement for the newest agriculture program launching this Fall.

PCC student pays homage to late ag instructor

21 July 2016
A Pratt Community College Agriculture student is honoring the late Bill “Doc” Hunter with a shiny statement and homage to his life. Kelly Doherty, a sophomore returning to PCC this fall, has set out to show her appreciation for “Doc” in the form of a custom silver belt buckle.
 

PCC instructor gives KCCTE workshop to high school instructors

28 June 2016

Nine high school vocational instructors were on the Pratt Community College campus June 21 through 24 for a small engines class taught by Ag Power instructor Rod Stewart.
 
The instructors were on campus participating in a workshop to learn a curriculum and hands-on sessions to take back to their schools and implement. This effort comes as a state wide initiative to have more vocational classes taught in Kansas high schools.
 

Block and Bridle prepares tasty demonstration for second graders

28 April 2016

Members of the Pratt Community College Block and Bridle group visited the second grade classes at Skyline School as a part of their annual community service project. The agriculture oriented organization has been visiting youngsters at Skyline every spring for more than a decade and this year they made a very tasty and informational presentation on the importance of soils.
 

Eighteen students compete at NACTA conference

21 April 2016

Agriculture students from all over the country competed against each other in the 2016 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Competition at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Eighteen students from PCC competed against other 2-year institutions in areas such as agribusiness, dairy judging, mechanized agriculture and a new events including animals and wildlife this year.

PCC agriculture instructor on state water vision team

02 December 2015

An instructor and students from the Pratt Community College agriculture program attended and participated in a presentation on the ‘Future of Water in Kansas’ in conjunction with the Governor’s Conference. Agriculture Instructor Bill Hunter was invited to join the presentation and engage with legislators, government officials, state agencies and departments to organize education and outreach coordinating teams in accordance with the ‘Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas’.

Students become certified for class

11 March 2015

Pratt Community College agriculture instructors find it important for students to get certified in different areas they are learning about.

“It is important for students to achieve these certifications in animal handling, food safety and quality assurance. The agriculture industry and consumer is starting to demand it of its producers,” said Lori Montgomery, agriculture instructor. “It allows our students to leave here with a certification even if they don’t leave with their degree for some reason.”

Pratt Livestock sees benefit to hiring college students

17 February 2015

After attending Pratt Community College and starting their careers while they were in college, both David McComb and Jake Lewis find it important to hire college students at the sale barn.

Each year Pratt Livestock employs about five college students.

“The majority of the time the students are hard workers and it works out well for us,” Lewis, assistant manager at Pratt Livestock said.

After graduating from PCC, both Lewis and McComb went on to KSU to receive degrees and came back to work at Pratt Livestock.

Grant to help with student certificate cost, facilities

03 February 2015

Seeing an opportunity to help make improvements to the college, agriculture instructor, Lori Montgomery applied for a grant that would help students with the cost of student learning and rodeo facilities.

Montgomery received word in early January that they received $12,000 from the Lola Lee Jackson Animal Welfare Foundation.

The grant will be used for two purposes: to help defray the cost of the online student certifications and rodeo course and to bring the college’s livestock handling facilities to an industry acceptable level.

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