“I think that’s what the award is about. It’s seeing the self promotion we have done to help out Native youth in those areas.”- MCN Ag Youth Program Manager Billy Haltom
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Program manager discusses award, program
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Muscogee (Creek) Nation Ag Youth Program Manager Billy Haltom has received the Honorary State Future Farmers Association Degree, which is the highest award given by the Oklahoma Future Farmers of America.
“I’m really excited! It’s a big deal,” Haltom said.
He said although he is the one walking across the stage to receive the award, he is accepting it on behalf of MCN and the Ag Youth Program.
The program assists students who participate in their local FFA or 4-H programs, from helping them purchase their first livestock projects to funding students to go to leadership camps.
“I think that’s what the award is about,” Haltom said. “It’s seeing the self promotion we have done to help out Native youth in those areas.”
Haltom started in his position five years ago when they had about 60 active members in the program. Now they have a little over 200 members across the jurisdiction.
He said the program is about more that just teaching youth agricultural skills. It helps students develop skills to prepare them for the workforce by instilling leadership skills, communication skills, public speaking and a good work ethic.