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 schalorships to deserving college students. These scholarships are paid for by donations and proceeds from the silent auction at our annual conference.

2017 CCTA Scholarship Winners


sethSeth Wetovick

The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is proud to name Seth Wetovick of Fullerton, NE as a recipient of the 2017 agriculture scholarship. A passion and love for agriculture was instilled in Seth from childhood, working and living on his family’s diversified farm. Seth’s family has been implementing conservation practices for more than ten years seeing an improvement in soil health on both heavy clay soils and sandy soils. It is clear to see Seth has learned conservation farming practices from his family and attending educational events, and is using that knowledge on farm ground he manages. Seth has experienced one of the challenges faced by all producers, weed pressure, on his own field. Seth’s approach to weed pressure is influenced by no-till innovator Gabe Brown and includes solutions to keep soil health and function from going backward to solve his weed pressure.

Innovation and problem solving will come as no surprise to those who know Seth. As the valedictorian of his high school class, he is maintaining a 3.75 GPA at the University of Nebraska majoring in one of the most difficult programs they offer, agricultural engineering.  He is also a team captain for the quarter scale tractor x-team, and works at the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory. As a current agriculturalist Seth understands the need for continued advancements in technology and design of farm systems and machines. After completing his degree at UNL, Seth plans to keep his 25-head cow herd and continue no-till farming, but also has plans to start his own business focusing on new farm technologies.


melissaMelissa Poet

Influencing future generations of producers is on the mind of Melissa Poet, a Colorado Conservation Tillage Association scholarship winner. Melissa graduated from Flagler High School and is currently a senior at Kansas State University majoring in agriculture education. She spent the last two summers as an intern with CSU Golden Plains Extension in Burlington, CO where she assisted with no-till research and expanded her understanding of no-till practices. Traveling with CSU Extension agent Ron Meyer this summer she observed no-till practices in eastern Colorado from Springfield to Julesburg and into Kansas. She also had the opportunity to see conservation farming practices in Costa Rica on an agronomy study abroad program. These experiences have taught Melissa the benefits of residue cover and growing crops for erosion-prone soils in both arid and subtropical climates.

Armed with knowledge and first hand observations Melissa plans to use her passion to advocate for agriculture. She will receive her degree from Kansas State University in agriculture education and agronomy this spring. You may see Melissa teaching in the classroom or educating as an extension agent in the near future while she works on a masters degree in agriculture.

The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is honored to support Seth and Melissa in their educational experiences. Both will receive a $1,000 scholarship supported by CCTA and donations from members. Look for great things to come from these two outstanding individuals in the future.


Scholarship Application

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Deadline: December 1st
Mail to: Becky Ravenkamp, 41367 CR 26, Hugo, CO  80821