Blackwell FFA has big month

by Charles Gerian

Blackwell’s Future Farmers of America FFA attended the 2023 COLT Conference in Enid.

Elected leaders from 366 Oklahoma FFA chapters attended the Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) conferences in five locations around the state.

This year’s featured speaker is motivational speaker and former Oklahoma FFA state officer Sarah Edsall.

The conferences brought about 400 young people and chapter advisers to each of five regional conference locations. Other locations are McAlester, Norman, Glenpool and Lawton.

COLT conferences are sponsored by PSO as a special project of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. There are some 27,000 Oklahoma FFA members statewide.

Kay County 4-H and FFA students were also honored with 2023-2024 scholarships by OSU’s Ferguson College of Argiculture.

On Sept. 6, multiple Kay County students were honored by the Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture and received academic scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year.

These scholarships are part of the more than $1.8 million that students receive from the Ferguson College and its academic departments. Students from all areas of study are considered for university scholarships, which can be combined with college and departmental opportunities.

“We are proud to support new students as they begin their academic careers in the Ferguson College of Agriculture,” said Cynda Clary, Ferguson College of Agriculture associate dean of academic programs. “We look forward to seeing the contributions they will make within our college and at OSU. We are grateful for our donors and friends who support these scholarships and our students.”

The 2023-2024 scholarships were awarded to James Tripp, Nardin, Carly Ballagh, Ponca City, and Courtney Morris, also of Ponca City.

Tripp and Ballagh received the Long’s FFA and 4-H Achievement Scholarship for Animal Science while Morris received the Joseph Fleming Memorial Freshman Scholarship for Agribusiness.

OSU Agriculture is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Oklahomans through science-based information and education. It is comprised of the Ferguson College of Agriculture and two state agencies: OSU Ag Research and OSU Extension.

The Ferguson College of Agriculture believes in the value of hands-on education and the importance of having a well-rounded student experience. More information is available at