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(Teresa Lemon – Daily Press)

Artesia native and 2005-06 FFA western region vice president Stuart Joy, pictured above, gave the opening address to more than 80 New Mexico FFA members this morning to kick off District V’s COLT (chapter officer leadership training) in the TLC of First Baptist Church.

COLT is where FFA officers across New Mexico are trained in the skills of leadership to contribute to the success of their chapters, district, and state, and is facilitated by the State FFA officers in conjunction with their representative District officer teams.

District V is made up of FFA chapters from Artesia, Carlsbad, Cloudcroft, Dexter, Goddard, Hagerman, Hobbs, Hondo, Lovington, Mescalero and Roswell. The District V officer team for 2017-18 are; president Brennan Vaz-Roswell FFA, Maegan Lemon vice president-Artesia FFA, Kyler Bowerman secretary-Artesia FFA, Jimmy Loudermilk treasurer-Roswell FFA,

Savannah Graves reporter-Hagerman FFA and Anna Blake sentinel-Hagerman FFA. These district officers will then break the chapter officers into groups and provide training for them to take back to their individual chapters on the importance of SAE’s (supervised agricultural experience) and how diversified they can be.

An agricultural education program is made up of three integrated parts: classroom instruction, FFA and a supervised agricultural experience (SAE).

The SAE is a required component of a total agricultural education program and intended for every student. Through their involvement in the SAE program, students are able to consider multiple careers and occupations, learn expected workplace behavior, develop specific skills within an industry, and are given opportunities to apply academic and occupational skills in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment. Through these strategies, students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom as they prepare to transition into the world of college and career opportunities.