Three Ballard FFA members attended Chapter Officer Leadership Training on June 14 at Knoxville High School. Members attending included secretary Ashley Kahler, treasurer Jenna Hernandez and sentinel Sierra Knight. The training was led by state and district FFA officers, including Joseph Jordan and Grace Long of the Ballard FFA.

While at Knoxville High School on June 14, district and state officers led four interactive workshops for FFA chapter leaders, many of which are officers, for the annual COLT Conference. The workshops facilitated were local FFA chapter program focused in the areas of teamwork, networking, agriculture literacy, knowledge, servant leadership and professionalism. FFA leaders also received training relative to their specific officer duties within the local chapter.

“Through COLT conference, I was able to learn my duties as a secretary and broaden my leadership skills,” said chapter secretary Ashley Kahler. “I’m excited to use the knowledge I learned to help my chapter grow.”

COLT conference programming is designed as a two-year rotation of local leaders training. The focus areas of next year’s program include advocating for the agriculture industry, connecting with stakeholders, recruiting for the local chapter and working as a cohesive team. The goal is to engage FFA members in learning about the tools that would allow them to be successful in anything they are part of through high school and beyond.

COLT conference is made possible with support from Energy Transfer Company Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC through the Iowa FFA Foundation.