AFR/OFU Selects New Youth and Education CoordinatorTue, 06 Aug 2013 10:32:21 CDT
American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) has announced the organization’s new AFR/OFU Youth & Education Coordinator. Nikki Holt Slagell, Hydro, will spearhead the organization’s statewide program that provides leadership growth and agricultural opportunities to youth of all ages.
Slagell brings many agricultural experiences with her. From showing and judging livestock to participating in speech and agricultural communications contests, Slagell has spent time on both sides of the agricultural spectrum. This diverse experience is a key requirement for the program’s coordinator-the AFR/OFU Youth Program strives to provide activities for students in many interest areas.
“The AFR/OFU Youth Program is not just about teaching agricultural skills; it’s about equipping the next generation of agriculturalists,” said AFR/OFU President Terry Detrick. “In today’s world, agriculture is about communication, just as much as it is about farming and ranching.”
Slagell is familiar with the mission of the AFR/OFU Youth Program. She is a veteran of the program herself and served as the AFR/OFU Summer Intern in 2008, a position that gave her direct experience with many youth activities.
“I am honored to lead one of the strongest and most diverse youth programs in the state,” Slagell said. “I hope to grow the program even further than its current reach, developing additional opportunities for leadership, personal growth and career development for the youth of Oklahoma.”
Slagell is a 2010 graduate of Oklahoma State University and a 2007 graduate of Kingfisher High School. In addition to her experience with the AFR/OFU Youth program and many FFA activities, Slagell is a recipient of the State FFA Degree, was a member of Collegiate FFA and Oklahoma Collegiate Cattlewomen and was a leading member of the OSU chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
The AFR/OFU Youth Program provides the youth of Oklahoma varied opportunities to develop into the leaders of tomorrow. The organization hosts a summer leadership summit, a poster contest, an agricultural achievement contest, fall speech contests, statewide scholarships, livestock handling and skills contests, livestock judging and grading competitions and many other leadership opportunities. For more information on AFR/OFU youth opportunities, contact AFR/OFU Youth & Education Coordinator Nikki Slagell at (405)218-5561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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