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10-21-14 *CSU Ext SEA News* ‘Who will get the Farm’ Workshop on Nov 6th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 21, 2014

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No matter your age, size of family, or net worth, it is important to have an estate plan. A plan will ensure that your family and financial goals will be met after you die.

Colorado State University Prowers County Extension office will be hosting a one-day session titled “Heirs in Agriculture” on November 6, 2014 from 9:30 – 3:30 at the Home Economics Building located on the Prowers County Fairgrounds.

The session will address how to plan the transition of the family farm and ranch from one generation to the next as it can be complicated and emotional. If you strategically plan, the transition can be smooth and less stressful for all involved. Presenter will be Jeffrey Tranel, CSU Extension Ag Economist.

Topics to be included are final instructions and last wishes, personal possessions, communicating with family members and real estate and financial assets. Even if you do not own a farm or ranch, the information will be valuable to all that attend.

Registration is $20 for the first family member and $10 for additional family members. Registration includes one set of materials per family and lunch. Space is limited, pre-registration and payment are due October 30.

To register or for more information call the CSU Prowers County Extension office at 719-254-7608.

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10-21-14 CO Corn welcomes news of USDA implementing critical APH tool…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 21, 2014

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It was music to the ears of producers across Colorado when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today it would make available a critical crop-insurance tool in 2015, rather than waiting to implement it in 2016, as the USDA had originally said it would do.

Members of the Colorado Corn Growers Association have long stressed that the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, which became law as part of the farm bill this year, could be a vital tool for growers in the state who have experienced multiple rounds of drought in recent years.

That’s why it was so discouraging to them when the USDA announced earlier this year the new provision wouldn’t be available until 2016.

Many Colorado farmers were particularly frustrated because they’d helped create a bipartisan, deficit-reducing farm bill, which saved taxpayers over $23 billion, through meaningful program reform in exchange for a strong and reliable farm safety-net system.

In addition to CCGA and leaders from other ag organizations, these concerns were recently voiced by Colorado senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, who wrote a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging rapid implementation of the APH provision.

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10-21-14 *CSU Ext SEA News* Colorado Agricultural Meteorological Network – COAGMET By Wilma Trujillo…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 21, 2014

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In the early 1990’s, a group of Plant Pathologists from Colorado State University and a group of researchers from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Water Management Unit recognized the need to collect localized weather data in irrigated agricultural areas across the state. The Plant Pathologists wanted weather data for the prediction of disease outbreaks in high value crops, such as onions and potatoes, while ARS researchers needed almost the same information to provide irrigation scheduling recommendations.

These two groups formed an informal coalition and invited others in the agricultural research community to join. They wanted input into the kinds and frequency of measurements that would be most useful to a broad spectrum of agricultural customers.  Eight stations were established in major irrigated areas of eastern Colorado.  These stations had a standardized set of instruments collecting and recoding data with a standard data logger program.  As interest grew and funds were made available, primarily from potential users, more stations were added.  Currently, there are 79 weather stations across the state.

Initially, the station sites were located near established phone service to allow daily collection of data. Currently, the data retrieval is through cellular phone service.  This methodology is widely available, reliable and inexpensive. Commercial software is used to download data from the stations shortly after midnight to a USDA-ARS computer, from which it is then distributed to interested users.

As the network grew, the Colorado Climate Center (CCC) at Colorado State University became interested in the data collected, and subsequently took over the daily data collection and quality assessment. CCC added internet delivery and a wide range of data delivery options (fax, text and voice messages, email, fax, etc.), and continues to improve the user interface in response to a growing interest in the data collected.

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10-15-14 Colorado Simmental Association elects directors, honors Schager…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 15, 2014

 CoSimmentalLogoPUEBLO – Roger Schager was honored with an engraved cowbell, a traditional gift to outstanding Colorado Simmental Association board volunteers. Schager, of Louisville, had served 9 years on the CSA board of directors including several years as marketing outreach coordinator.  His recognition came during the 2014 Colorado State Fair here.

Also during the fair, CSA and Colorado Junior Simmental Association both held annual meetings. Outgoing President Curtis Russell of Sugar City coordinated the events in Pueblo. Robert Campbell of Ignacio and Mike Rains of Oakley, KS, were re-elected to seats on the nine-member CSA board, which also welcomed newly elected trustee Russ Princ of Fort Collins and Mitchell Jergensen of Burlington.

In CSA officer elections, Campbell was elected president, Beth Temple of Center was elected vice-president, and Susan S. Russell of Sugar City was re-appointed secretary/treasurer of the breed association. She also is serving as an American Simmental trustee and executive committee member.

In CJSA officer elections, Chad Russell of Sugar City, was re-elected president and Keanna Smith of Ignacio was elected vice-president. RJ and Andrea Kerchal of Calhan were retained as junior advisers.

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10-14-14 Colorado Corn, others showcasing alternative fuels at upcoming event in Windsor on Oct 17th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 14, 2014

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Northern Colorado Clean Cities and the Aims Automotive and Technology Center in Windsor will lead a celebration of alternative fuels and advanced-technology vehicles, which improve the environment and lessen dependence on foreign oil, during their National Alternative Fuel Day Odyssey event.

Scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17, NCCC and the Aims Automotive and Technology Center’s Odyssey event is one of many being held across the U.S. and internationally.

Odyssey is a biennial event created and coordinated by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University. Nationwide, Odyssey plans to attract more than 250,000 attendees at 100 sites, and reach more than 100 million people through media coverage and support.

Colorado Corn is helping sponsor the local Odyssey event, taking place at the Aims Automotive and Technology Center, 1120 Southgate Drive, in Windsor.

The all-day event will include informative sessions, an indoor expo and a vehicle expo, including ride-n-drive opportunities.

The public and media are invited to attend. Registration is $25 for Clean Cities members, and $50 for non-members. Meals are included.

For more information about the Northern Colorado Clean Cities Odyssey event, go to, or contact Maria Eisemann at (970) 988-2996 or

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10-10-14 Inside the BARN w/CO Corn Board Member Rick Palkowitsh: Farm Bill Concerns and Prop 105…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 10, 2014

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 (BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 10th, 2014 – Lots of Colorado’s farmers are very concerned about the federal government putting off the implementation of the new farm bill’s “Actual Production History” or APH provision until 2016. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss the situation in more detail is Rick Palkowitsh, a Burlington, CO area farmer, as well as a board member of of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee


The Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee work on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, communications, research and technical assistance. See more about the work of both organizations at

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09-29-14 CSU / CO FFA NEWS: Blue Jacket Society Breakfast and Groundbreaking Ceremony on Oct 4th “Ag Day”…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 3, 2014

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Having met its goal of raising $3.3 million for the new center, CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences will soon begin construction north of campus at the college’s Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center. The Colorado FFA Foundation led the campaign and partnered with the college to help raise funds and work with donors – individuals and corporations – interested in contributing to the building.Recent studies have shown a significant decline in the number of agriculture teachers in K-12 schools across the nation. With its new CoBank Center for Agricultural Education set to break ground soon, CSU will be uniquely-positioned to help fill this void and ensure that agricultural education remains a core component of K-12 education, not just here in Colorado but across the United States.

CoBank Center for Agricultural Education

The CoBank Center for Agricultural Education will encompass more than 14,000 square feet, with customized laboratory, technology, teaching and office space. It also will include special exhibit space for the newly named Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, a signature program of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Not only will the center function as an academic space for faculty, staff, and students, but it will also serve as a community meeting space, bringing together individuals from the agricultural industry, rural communities, and local schools.

CLICK HERE to WATCH both events on Oct 4th from CSU's ARDEC...

CLICK HERE to WATCH both events on Oct 4th from CSU’s ARDEC…

‘Growing need’

“There is a growing need for agricultural educators, especially in K-12 schools,” said Craig Beyrouty, dean of Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “This new center will position our students for success as they enter the job market and will make our agricultural education program a highly sought after destination for new students.”

CSU students focused on agricultural education have a high success rate in finding jobs after graduation due in part to the reduced number of agricultural educators available in the marketplace, in Colorado and across the country. Even more importantly, leadership training and an appreciation for pressing global issues are hallmarks of CSU’s agricultural education program. Graduates of this program are positioned to become experts in education, industry and government in areas of global importance such as feeding a growing global population and providing safe and nutritious food to people around the world.

“The new Center for Agricultural Education will benefit the students in Ag Ed by equipping us with the tools to be well prepared as we enter into agricultural instructor positions,” said Shauna Brown, a junior Agricultural Education major. “This building sets us apart from other agricultural education programs in the country and ultimately sets us up for success as we move into our future positions. I am excited for the hands-on opportunities and the experience I will gain working in the classroom. Once again, CSU, and specifically the College of Agricultural Sciences, is going above and beyond to make sure our time here at the university is well spent. I want to thank the many donors and the university for the support that makes this building possible.”

Producing food for the global population

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09-26-14 CSU Ag Day 2014 on October 4th: Food, fun and football – all for scholarships: GET YOUR TIX TODAY!

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 3, 2014

CSU-AgDay-Logo2014-300x245CSU Ag Day 2013 college student jpegFORT COLLINS – Thousands of Colorado State University students, alumni and friends are expected at Ag Day 2014, the 33rd annual football-day feast of Colorado-grown food.

Ag Day will run 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 on the south side of Hughes Stadium off Overland Trail in Fort Collins. The barbecue is open to the public and precedes the football game between the CSU Rams and Tulsa Golden Hurricane ; kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Advance meal tickets cost $17 each and may be purchased in combination with football tickets. Tickets and information are available on the Ag Day website at

Ag Day showcases the bounty of Colorado agriculture while funding scholarships for students in the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences. During 2013-14, 19 CSU students received Ag Day scholarships.

“The College of Agricultural Sciences is pleased to help host Ag Day. It’s a hallmark event at CSU, and draws more than 3,000 people for a delicious game-day meal and a celebration of our state’s rich agricultural heritage,” said Craig Beyrouty, college dean and event co-chair. “Beyond the fun, it’s amazing to consider how many students have benefitted from Ag Day scholarships.”

Colorado’s leading commodity groups partner with the College of Agricultural Sciences to plan the event and provide the Ag Day feast.

The menu includes Colorado beef, pork, lamb, potatoes, beans, wheat and dairy products, watermelon and drinks.

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10-03-14 CO Corn OpEd: Farmers in trouble with prices collapsing, USDA not implementing new farm bill provisions…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 3, 2014

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 Written by Dave Cure and Rick Palkowitsh: 

In 2011, Washington borrowed a line from Reba McIntyre and told us, “I have a deal for you.”

If producers agreed to a Farm Bill that repealed Direct Payments and permanent disaster aid, Washington would make crop insurance tools work better.

Under the Farm Bill, we lived up to our end of the bargain, saving $23 billion.

Ever since, we’ve been wondering if we got had – not by Congress, but by bureaucrats.

Aside from flooding in northeast Colorado, much of the state has been burning up in recent years, but a key crop insurance tool we were promised has been put on ice until 2016.

When you buy insurance on your car, it’s easy for the insurance company to know what the car’s value is. But that’s not true with crops. Read the rest of this entry »

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09-30-14 *CSU Ext SEA News* SERVsafe Training scheduled in Lamar Oct 24th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 2, 2014

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CSU Extension LogoLAS ANIMAS, COLORADO, September 30, 2014:  Prowers County Public Health and Colorado State University Extension are offering ServSafe Food Protection Managers Certification Training October 24 in Lamar. This certification meets the requirements for retail food managers seeking advanced food safety certification, as well as individuals wanting to produce and sell home-based food products in accordance with the Colorado Cottage Food Act. ServSafe ® is a nationally recognized comprehensive food safety training developed by the National Restaurant Association. The eight-hour class concludes with a certification exam; participants who achieve a score of 75% or more receive a certificate valid for five years.

Registration for the Lamar training is due October 10.  The $120 fee includes the course book, exam and lunch.  There must be a minimum of eight participants or the class will be cancelled.  Contact Seth Odette, Environmental Health Specialist, at 719.336.8721 or Extension Agent Kaye Kasza, 719.456.0764, for more information.

Story submitted to BARN Media by: 

Kaye Kasza

CSU Extension, SE Area

1499 Amb Thompson Blvd

Las Animas CO  81054



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10-01-14 More than 60,000 students to converge on Louisville Oct 29-Nov 1 for 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 1, 2014

FFA Logo good copyLOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014/National FFA Organization) – The 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo continues the second year of its three-year run in Louisville Oct. 29. More than 60,000 FFA members from throughout the United States are expected at this year’s convention and expo that goes through Nov. 1.

The convention and expo will bring an estimated economic impact of $40 million, making it the largest convention and expo for Louisville this year. Attendees will stay in 136 hotels for a combined 39,247 nights within a 60-mile radius of Louisville. The event will stay in Louisville through 2015 before returning to Indianapolis for three years.

“Go All Out” is the theme of this year’s convention and expo. “With the opportunities we are given in our lives, we must take action. We must give it our all and put everything we have into everything we do,” 2013-2014 National FFA President Brian Walsh, a Virginia Tech student, said. “We must go all out to develop positive leadership, personal growth and career success.”

Nine general sessions will draw FFA members together at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Students will have countless opportunities to engage exhibitors from more than 450 corporations, organizations and colleges at the expo inside the center. Other events will be held at venues downtown, in the suburbs and beyond.

Nick Vujicic will be the opening session’s headline motivational speaker. Tyson Foods, Inc., President and CEO Donnie Smith will deliver his message to attendees during the third general session on Oct. 30. On Oct. 31, Elanco President Jeff Simmons and Southern humorist Jane Jenkins Herlong will address convention goers during the fourth and seventh general sessions, respectfully.

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10-01-14 CO Corn OpEd: CO farmers urge USDA to implement drought relief, as promised…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 1, 2014

Dave Eckhardt

Dave Eckhardt, a fourth-generation farmer near LaSalle, Colo., serves as the president of the Colorado Corn Growers Association.

Colorado Corn LogoThe Colorado Corn Growers Association is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement a Farm Bill provision crafted by Congress to grant relief to Colorado farm families who have faced multiple years of severe drought.

We are extremely disappointed that USDA has put drought relief on the back burner. This relief should have been made available to Colorado farm families already this spring, but USDA is now talking about a two-year delay.

This is unacceptable.

The provision requires USDA to allow producers to exclude a yield in a year when the yield for the county is 50 percent or less than the 10-year average as the result of an extreme natural disaster. The effect of the provision is to allow a producer to buy enough insurance coverage to adequately cover future crops.  Producers who exclude a yield under the provision must pay additional premium in order to cover any increased liability.

The provision became law on Feb. 7, 2014, but USDA has stepped in to delay the availability of relief until 2016.

When natural disasters strike the coasts, Washington responds quickly. Why then, when farm families in places like Colorado are dealing with several years of disastrous drought, does the USDA not seem to have that same sense of urgency?

We hope that our Colorado senators and congressmen will work to get USDA to finally take notice of our situation out here.

We took a lot of cuts in the Farm Bill with the understanding that we would have some other tools to work with. So far, we kept our end of the bargain. We just need to the USDA to keep their end of it as well.


- Dave Eckhardt, a fourth-generation farmer near LaSalle, Colo., serves as the president of the Colorado Corn Growers Association.

The Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee work on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, communications, research and technical assistance. See more about the work of both organizations at

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09-30-14 CO Corn News: More E85 Discount Days on the horizon…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 30, 2014

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E85 PumpethanolpumpAbout half are already behind us, but there are a number of E85 Discount Days coming up in October. Altogether, there are about 25 such events taking place during September and October, during which Western Convenience staff members look to educate the public on the many benefits of E85, with 50-cent discounts on that fuel. Colorado Corn is providing some of the educational materials, and, along with Western Convenience staff, will be on hand at some of the events.

Dates for October include:

  • Oct. 1 – 2775 Briargate Blvd., Colorado Springs
  • Oct. 2 – 1905 West Uintah, Colorado Springs
  • Oct. 2 – 2507 E. Platte Ave., Colorado Springs
  • Oct. 3 – 227 W. Filmore St., Colorado Springs
  • Oct. 3 – 11399 Hwy 24, Divide
  • Oct. 6 – 9190 Huron St., Thorton
  • Oct. 13 – 12702 Lowell Blvd., Broomfield
  • Oct. 14 – 382 East Mountain Ave., Fort Collins
  • Oct. 14 – 1113 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins
  • Oct. 15 – 2387 West 72nd Ave., Denver
  • Oct. 15 – 2301 E. 88th Ave., Thorton
  • Oct. 16 – 1500 N. Main St., Longmont
  • Oct. 16 – 2630 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs

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09-29-14 CO Corn OpEd: New website a one-stop shop for info on drawbacks of Prop 105, mandatory GMO labeling…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

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TColorado Corn Logohe No On 105 Coalition this week launched its website, which will serve as an information and resource hub during this election season, explaining to the public why voting “No” on Proposition 105 in November is critical.

Proposition 105 would mandate a whole separate food-labeling system for Colorado that doesn’t exist in any other state. This would put Colorado farmers and food producers at a competitive disadvantage, increase our production costs and regulatory burdens, and ultimately raise food prices for Colorado families. Additionally, Proposition 105 is so badly written that it would result in misleading and inaccurate information on food labels in our state.

The No On 105 Coalition is made up of hundreds of diverse individuals and organizations representing thousands of farmers, consumers, businesses and taxpayers across Colorado – including the Colorado Corn Growers Association – and is using the new website to educate voters on such drawbacks.  Read the rest of this entry »

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09-26-14 National Child’s Center News: Child agricultural safety grants offered – up to $20,000: Apply Before Nov 7th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2014

National Childrens Center logoThe National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is offering three mini-grants of up to $20,000 each to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Highest funding priority will be given to projects that:

  1. Address issues pertaining to barriers, motivators and interventions for keeping young children out of the farm worksite.
  2. Address vulnerable populations (e.g., immigrant workers’ children, Anabaptists, African Americans, and Native Americans).
  3. Test safety strategies with new partners (e.g., insurers, bankers, equipment dealers, media).

Application Deadline: November 7, 2014

Information on eligibility, priority topics and the application process is available at and is attached.

 Submitted to BARN Media by:

Scott Heiberger, communications specialist

National Farm Medicine Center

1000 N. Oak Ave.

Marshfield, WI  54449-5790

(715) 389-7541; 1-800-662-6900

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09-24-14 CDA News: Funding Available to Combat Noxious Weed Infestations Following Natural Disasters…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 24, 2014

CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo. –Many Colorado residents have suffered from a number of natural disasters in recent years. Since 2012, Colorado has experienced six major wildfires that burned over 250,000 acres, and a major flood throughout the South Platte basin.

“While the human and infrastructure costs of these disasters have been considerable, one of the longer-term impacts is the movement of noxious weeds which exact additional costs on agriculture and the natural landscape,” said CDA’s State Weed Coordinator, Steve Ryder. “Noxious weeds are early invaders to disturbed ground caused by fires and floods, and many of these plants find fire a desirable occurrence as it encourages seed germination. All in all, the economic and environmental threat from noxious weeds invading new territory is significant.”

In 2014, the General Assembly made funding available to assist those impacted by natural disasters in searching for, mapping and treating new noxious weed populations that are the result of fires, floods or other natural disasters. These funds, $100,000 in the current fiscal year, can be accessed in the form of grants through the state’s Noxious Weed Management Fund.

The primary objective of this grant program is to provide additional financial resources to counties, communities, weed control districts, or other entities engaged in addressing the occurrence, movement and spread of noxious weeds as a direct result of surface disturbance caused by wildfire, flood or other events.

Eligible entities include counties, municipalities, towns, weed districts, conservation districts, HOAs and non-profit organizations. Applications may be submitted at this time. The full request for proposals, instructions and forms can be found on the Department’s website at


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09-24-14 WW Feed and Supply News: Steer-Aid program helps 4-H, FFA youth…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 24, 2014

WW Feed and Supply Steer-Aid logoLA JUNTA – Sign-up is under way for Steer-Aid, a youth incentive program designed to strengthen market beef participation.

Several years ago, longtime 4-H volunteers Curt & Susan Russell became concerned about lower entry numbers at Southeast Colorado market beef shows. Because of this, their business, WW Feed & Supply LLC, launched a program for local 4-H & FFA members.

The incentive program, called Steer-Aid, is designed to draw more youth into exhibiting market beef. WW Feed & Supply annually assembles a pool of show calves and help youth with financing. The Russell family also offers a hands-on 2-day training clinic, monthly tips and will be available for consultation on rations, advice on fitting and showing, and one-on-one visits to the participant’s project.

While the program emphasizes education, through the years Steer-Aid has enjoyed numerous show & showmanship successes. For example, pool steers were named 2013 Sand & Sage Fair Grand Champion Market Beef and 2014 Reserve Grand Champion at the same fair.

The youth signup deadline is Nov. 15th, 2014. Steer-Aid is open to 4-H & FFA youth in Baca, Bent, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, Prowers and Pueblo counties. Details also are on

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09-24-14 CO’s Wiley School District cultivates new science curriculum…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 24, 2014



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Left to right: Dave Eastin, Superintendent; Don Shawcroft, CO Farm Bureau President; Bob Brachtenbach, Monsanto Rep.; Michelle Wallace, Principal; Tucker Spitzer, Nominating Farmer; Kelly Spitzer, Nominating Farmer

Left to right: Dave Eastin, Superintendent; Don Shawcroft, CO Farm Bureau President; Bob Brachtenbach, Monsanto Rep.; Michelle Wallace, Principal; Tucker Spitzer, Nominating Farmer; Kelly Spitzer, Nominating Farmer

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants support math and science education

WILEY, Colo. (Sept. 22, 2014) –Wiley School District Re-13 Jt has received a $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The district will use the money to purchase a new interactive science curriculum for grades 9-12, including new textbooks for each student and materials for chemistry, physics, biology, physical science, and anatomy/physiology courses.

“We researched several new science curriculums and decided we wanted to implement the Pearson Interactive Science curriculum school wide (K-12),” said Principal Michelle Wallace. “However, the district only had enough budgeted to purchase for grades K-8.  Thanks to the Monsanto Fund grant we were able to purchase the new high school science curriculum as well.”

This curriculum meets the new Colorado State Science standards as well as the district’s K-12 science standards, and will benefit all 9-12 grade students in the district.

“The district feels it is important to make the change to our entire K-12 science curriculum to have better vertical alignment with our science education and the new state standards,” added Wallace. “With this type of aligned curriculum, our students would have a more cohesive science education that would help prepare them for post-secondary education.”

This past spring, local farmers nominated the district for a chance to apply for the grant. School administrators then designed a math or science-based project for the grant application. Once all of the school district applications were submitted, a panel of math and science teachers reviewed each application and selected finalists.  An advisory council, composed of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture and education, then selected the winning grant applications from a pool of finalists.

“Agriculture has become one of the most technologically advanced industries, so farmers are very aware of the need for superior math and science education, particularly in their own communities,” said Monsanto Customer Advocacy Lead Linda Arnold. “We are proud to partner with farmers to support the things that are most important to them—schools, youth, and their community.”

The district celebrated receiving the grant on Friday, September 19, during halftime of the football game at Wiley High School. Nominating farmers, Superintendent Dave Eastin, Principal/Grant Writer Michelle Wallace, Don Shawcroft a member of the America’s Farmers Advisory Council, and local Monsanto representative Bob Brachtenbach attended the event. Read the rest of this entry »

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09-23-14 National FFA Organization membership explodes to 610,240 students…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 23, 2014

national FFA Membership 092314INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Analysts forecast that the world’s population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability.

Today’s students are answering that call, evidenced by an explosion in FFA membership throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the past year.

Membership in FFA today stands at 610,240 students up from 579,678 in 2013. Membership increased by more than 30,500 during the 2013-14 school year. The number of new, local FFA chapters throughout the country grew to 7,665.

“FFA, through agricultural education, is preparing our youth to ensure the security of our country’s food, fiber and natural resources for years to come,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. “Through real-world experiences, the nation’s agriculture teachers are helping students develop the technical knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities to be the industry’s leaders of tomorrow. FFA members will be tomorrow’s advocates for agriculture.”

The Texas FFA Association added more members than any other state, with 8,364 members. Total FFA membership in the Lone Star state stands at 103,379 with 1,021 chapters. California, with 76,470 members, is the country’s second-largest FFA association, followed by Georgia with 37,698 members, Missouri with 25,935 members and Oklahoma with 25,561 members.

Founded in 1928, the National FFA Organization’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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09-22-14 CHS to Announce 1.5 Million Gift to Further Agricultural Education Sustainability in US…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 22, 2014

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NAAE-National Association of Agricultural Educators logoOn Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., CHS will announce its commitment to furthering agricultural education in the United States through a gift of $1.5 million dollars, to be given over the next 3 years to the National FFA Foundation.

The gifting ceremony will take place at CHS headquarters in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., just in advance of the National Teach Ag Day celebration. The 10-minute announcement will include a ceremonial check presentation by Lisa Zell, Executive Vice President, Business Solutions at CHS, and remarks by Dr. Wm. Jay Jackman, Executive Director of the National Association of Agricultural Educators and Molly Ball, President of the National FFA Foundation.

A large portion of the CHS donation will be earmarked for the National Teach Ag Campaign ($275,000) and the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education.

The National Teach Ag Campaign is an initiative to raise awareness of the need for more agricultural educators and celebrate the contributions agricultural educators make in their classrooms every day. CHS has been a sponsor of the National Teach Ag Campaign since 2011, contributing more than $450,000.  The campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. It is funded by CHS, DuPont Pioneer and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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