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CCTA’s focus is education. We understand that the future of agriculture rests not only in our hands but in those of our young farmers and industry men and women. It gives CCTA great pleasure to award scholarships to deserving high school and college students. These scholarships are paid for by donations and proceeds from the annual conference.

Scholarship applications for the Spring 2024 or Fall 2024 semesters are due by Dec. 1, 2023. Applications and all required attachments can be emailed to Joni Mitchek at coordinator@highplainsnotill.com or mailed to CCTA at 23929 County Road 16, Kit Carson, CO 80825.

2023 CCTA Scholarship Awards

KIT CARSON, Colo. – Sept. 12, 2023. The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is proud to announce that Camden Bledsoe of Flagler, Colorado, and Mikaela Lawrence of Manhattan, Kansas, have been selected as recipients of the $1,000 CCTA Scholarship for 2023.

Bledsoe, a recent graduate of Flager High School, is now enrolled in West Texas A&M University. He takes with him many leadership experiences from organizations such as FFA, FBLA, National Honor Society, and athletics. His goal is to ultimately return to work on his family’s operation or with a rural cooperative association.

Lawrence is a graduate student at Kansas State University pursuing a Master of Science degree in Agronomy. Although she did not grow up with an agricultural background, Lawrence became involved with her local FFA chapter in 7th grade, then broadened her knowledge of soil conservation while studying agronomy at Southwest Minnesota University. Her research focus while at KSU will explore tillage intensity, timing, and frequency in a wheat-sorghum-fallow rotation. Eventually, Lawrence would like to work with the USDA NRCS as a Soil Conservationist to pair her research and training with the ability to help farmers implement conservation practices.

The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is honored to support Bledsoe and Lawrence as they continue their educational careers. Both students received a $1,000 scholarship funded by CCTA and were recognized at the 35th Annual High Plains No-Till Conference in Burlington, Colorado, on Feb. 8, 2023.

Applications for the 2024 CCTA Scholarship will be accepted until Dec. 1, 2023. Additional information about the scholarship and conference can be found online at www.HighPlainsNoTill.com.

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