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04-09-14 National FFA’s International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership program: 12 students to travel to Japan in May…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 9, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, April 9, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Twelve FFA members have been selected by the National FFA Organization to participate in an international experience designed to increase their understanding about global agriculture and witness the role that U.S. agriculture plays in the global economy.

The students are participants in the 2014 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership program. The following FFA members will depart the U.S. on May 20 for a 10-day tour of Japan:

•    Maile Frelinger of Bakersfield, Calif.
•    Corinne Madison of Galt, Calif.
•    Courtney Leeper of Trenton, Mo.
•    Dustin Stanton of Centralia, Mo.
•    Theresa Fitzgerald of Boone, Iowa
•    Delaney Howell of Columbus Junction, Iowa
•    Kalli Webber of Mapleton, Iowa
•    Alyssa Barrett of Wiggins, Miss.
•    Jade Halliburton of Hammond, La.
•    Lauren Schwab of Oxford, Ohio
•    Matthew Wood of Cordova, Md.
•    Whitney Barnes of Kiel, Wis.

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04-08-14 Brianna Frick Named Basin Electric Power Cooperative Employee Scholarship Winner…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 8, 2014

Basin Electric Power Cooperative logoFORT MORGAN, CO – Brianna Frick, daughter of David and Tracy Frick from Fort Morgan, has been awarded a $1,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative Employee Scholarship.

The Basin Cooperative Employee Scholarship program is designed to recognize and encourage the achievements of the children of member cooperative employees, which includes Morgan County Rural Electric Association.  Qualified applicants must be a student who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time graduate or undergraduate course of study at an accredited, two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school.  Basin Electric Power Cooperative is one of the largest electric generation and transmission cooperatives in the United States, and is based in Bismark, North Dakota.

The Scholarship Program is administered and conducted by the Basin Electric Power Cooperative human resources division. Winners are selected by a scholarship selection committee.

Brianna carries a weighted 3.88 grade point average at Fort Morgan High School, and is a member of National Honor Society.  She has been active in volleyball and track, receiving Academic All-State designation in both sports, along with All-Conference in track and All-Conference Honorable Mention in volleyball.  She is also active with the Future Business Leaders of America and was named as a Lion’s Club Student of the Month.  In addition to her extra-curricular undertakings, Brianna has served as the Nursery Director for United Methodist Church; as a referee for Women’s League Volleyball; and as Assistant to the Athletic Secretary at Fort Morgan High School.  She plans on attending the University of Nebraska-Kearney to pursue a business degree in administration and finance.

Congratulations to Brianna Frick for being named as a recipient of the Basin Cooperative Employee Scholarship.

To learn more about Basin Electric Power Cooperative -CLICK HERE

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04-08-14 Morgan County REA Awards Scholarships…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 8, 2014

FORT MORGAN, CO – Morgan County Rural Electric Association is pleased to announce that six local high school seniors have been selected for scholarships from MCREA for 2014. The local electric cooperative awards the college scholarships to graduating seniors whose families are members of Morgan County REA. The scholarships include a Basin Electric scholarship, two Tri-State Generation and Transmission scholarships, and three Morgan County REA scholarships. The recipients of these scholarships were selected by a panel comprised of MCREA directors and employees, along with local community members. The criteria for selection is based on a number of factors, including academics, ACT scores, school and community participation, work experiences, a student statement and a letter of recommendation.

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This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • $1,500 MCREA Scholarship – Tara Cook, Sterling High School
  • $1,000 MCREA Scholarship – Corinne Volk, Brush High School
  • $1,000 MCREA Scholarship – Megan Griffith, Brush High School
  • $1,000 Basin Electric Scholarship – Allyson Pabst, Brush High School
  • $500 Tri-State Generation Scholarship – Abdallah Ibrahim, Weldon Valley High School
  • $500 Tri-State Generation Scholarship – Brianne Downing, Brush High School

Organized in 1937, Morgan County Rural Electric Association is a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by our members – the people we serve.  We strive to provide goods and services that enhance the quality of life in rural America. To learn more about Morgan County Rural Electric Association – CLICK HERE

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04-01-14 CDA News: Protect Colorado Horses—EHV-1, Biosecurity, Brand Inspection…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 1, 2014

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. – This time of year typically kicks off horseback riding, jackpots, horse shows, and a number of other horse events and the Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds horse owners that there are a number of steps to protect their horses this season.

Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1)

On March 26, 2014, the State Veterinarian’s Office was notified by the Colorado State University Diagnostic Laboratory that a Larimer County horse tested positive for EHV-1. CDA is investigating the positive case and has placed the facility where the horse is stabled under quarantine. The horse is undergoing treatment and others it may have come into contact with are being monitored but are not showing clinical signs of the disease at this point. At this time the affected horse is the only horse showing any clinical signs of disease and is recovering.

“The most common way for EHV-1 to spread is by direct horse-to-horse contact but it can also spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands; this certainly highlights the importance of practicing basic biosecurity practices,” said State Veterinarian,  Dr. Keith Roehr. “Equine event organizers should continue to practice routine biosecurity practices that are effective in prevention of EHV and other horse diseases as well.  There was very limited movement from the affected facility so the risk to other horse owners or event organizers is very low, essentially the same as before this index case.”

Symptoms include fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy, and the inability to rise. While there is no cure, the symptoms of the disease may be treatable. EHV-1 is not transmissible to people; it can be a serious disease of horses that can cause respiratory, neurologic disease and death.

For more information, visit A Guide To Understanding the Neurologic Form of EHV Infection or visit www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Animal Health.”

Basic Biosecurity

Basic biosecurity practices can reduce the risk of exposure to diseases. Key points of a biosecurity plan include isolating new animals and those returning to the home premises, supplying clean feed and water, implementing infection-control practices for visitors and personnel and avoiding movement from various locations if possible. Especially important is the isolation of any sick horses. Horse owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarian if sickness appears in their herd.

“Effective biosecurity practices lead to fewer health problems for animals and contribute to a longer and better-quality life for the horse,” said Dr. Roehr. “When you’re traveling with horses, something as simple as a clean water bucket that you don’t share with other people’s horses can greatly affect disease movement.”

For more information on equine biosecurity methods, visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahms/equine/downloads/equine05/Equine05_is_Biosecurity.pdf.

Brand Inspection

State statutes require a “brand” inspection upon transfer of ownership of horses and may be required when they are transported.

“The Department typically sees an increase in the number of horses bought, sold and transported to various equine events this time of year. It’s important that brand inspections be obtained to protect the equine industry,” said CDA’s Brand Commissioner, Chris Whitney.

The Division of Brand Inspection’s primary responsibility is to protect the livestock industry, including horses, from loss by theft or straying; a key component of that responsibility is to inspect horses and verify ownership before sale, transportation beyond 75 miles within Colorado, and transportation out of the state.

Residents get more information about brand inspection requirements and find their brand inspector by visiting www.colorado.gov/ag/brands.

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04-01-14 Inside Weld County Extension with Director Keith Maxey: PEDV, Goat and Dairy Extravaganzas Weld County Fair & MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 1, 2014

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CSU Extension Agent & Weld County Extension Director Keith Maxey

(Barn Media / CoAgNews – Briggsdale, CO) April 1st, 2014 - The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division has been working closely with swine producers, and organizations to encourage appropriate biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of an emerging, deadly livestock disease:  porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). PEDV only infects pigs and poses no threat to humans. The main form of transmission is typical oral contact with contaminated feces which can include exposure to other pigs or indirect contact through trucks, boots, or clothing. So far, according to the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 27 states have confirmed cases of PEDV; Colorado has had 254 positive tests since November 2013. Personnel with the State Veterinarian’s office met with approximately 60 Extension agents, pork producers, and swine show organizers to discuss biosecurity measures for county fairs and shows as it relates to PEDV. Biosecurity measures are those precautionary steps taken to reduce the potential for exposure of susceptible livestock to contagious microbial agents. Joining the BARN & the Colorado Ag News Network is Keith Maxey, Weld County director of the Colorado State University Extension office in Greeley. Maxey discusses several topics including the porcine epidemic diarhea virus, upcoming goat & daury extravaganzas and much more…


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To learn more about the Weld County Fair, July 23-28th, please visit http://www.weldcountyfair.com/

To learn more about the 2014 CO State Fair runs Aug 22-Sep 1st in Pueblo, CO, please visit www.coloradostatefair.com

Learn more about the Colorado State University Extension online @ http://www.ext.colostate.edu/

And for information about the Porcine Epidemic Dirarhea Virus or PEDV, please visit the CO Dept of Ag’s webpage @ www.colorado.gov/ag or call (303) 239-4161 OR  Please refer to National Pork Board’s webpage at www.pork.org for excellent information and resources on PEDV.

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03-31-14 Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association to Host Shearing Day on April 4th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 31, 2014

CSU Extension LogoManzanola, Colo.— David Miller, Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association (SECWGA) president, announced that the association will host a Community Shearing Day on Friday, April 4.

The Community Shearing Day will be held at the Jackson farm on Road 18.75, one mile south of the Rocky Ford High School, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  To reserve a spot, producers need to contact Janet Golden, CSU Extension in Rocky Ford, with a total number of sheep—white face or black face, ewes or rams.  The cost is $5.00 per head for ewes and $10 for rams.  Organizers will assign producers a time to get their sheep to the farm.  Total number of sheep accepted for the day will be limited.

Miller noted that the shearing day allows many producers with smaller flocks to take their animals to the one central location at an appointed time to have them sheared by a professional shearer.

The Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association is open to any producer who raises sheep in Southeast Colorado including the mountains, foothills, and plains in this part of the state.  For further information contact David Miller, 719-469-2234 or Janet Golden, 719-254-7608.

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03-27-14 National FFA News: Summer leadership conference helps FFA members identify strengths, set personal goals…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 27, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, March 27, 2014/National FFA Organization) – High school students from throughout the country will spend a week of their summer vacations undergoing training that will help them identify their strengths, establish personal goals and strengthen leadership skills.

More than 2,300 students and 250 teachers are expected to attend the National FFA Organization’s 2014 Washington Leadership Conference. The annual conference, which dates back to 1969, includes seven, one-week sessions in Washington, D.C., from June through July.

Based at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, FFA members receive instruction and training led by education professionals, counselors and FFA staff. Through workshops, seminars and small groups, students will study best practices to advocate for agriculture and agricultural education and learn about the importance of valuing people, taking action and serving others.

New this year will be opportunities for students to engage representatives from sponsor companies CSX, Monsanto, TransCanada, Farm Credit and Crop Production Services to learn about their operations and discuss future career opportunities.

While in the nation’s capital, students will tour Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol, Newseum, take a night tour of national monuments and visit the Smithsonian.

Students will also share needs of their respective communities and work together to create a community-service project that their FFA chapter can implement in their home towns.

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03-25-14 Nearly $300,000 in grants being utilized throughout U.S. by local FFA chapters to ease hunger in schools, communities…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 25, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, March 25, 2014/National FFA Organization) – A group of Washington high school students in Spokane is growing fruits and vegetables to donate to their school cafeteria and a local food pantry. Students in Greely, Colo., are mentoring refugee families by helping them grow container gardens and offset rising food costs.

Students in Rolesville, N.C., are raising hens and donating their eggs to low-income families. And Oklahoma students in Stillwater are raising livestock to provide fresh pork for an elementary food program.

The students – and thousands like them throughout the U.S. – are all FFA members utilizing grant monies to implement long-term, real-world solutions to ease hunger in their communities.

Nearly $300,000 of grants has been awarded through support of the National FFA Organization from RAM Trucks, Farmers Feeding the World, the Donaldson Foundation and Monsanto to start new service-learning projects or sustain existing programs they have created to fight hunger locally. More than 120 FFA chapters have received a $2,500 FFA: Food for All grant to develop and implement hunger solutions in their schools or communities this year.

All initiatives rely on FFA members and their chapters as a whole for implementation. In addition to providing food solutions, students also volunteer to help teach fellow students, grade-school students, residents and community groups how to care for, grow, prepare and preserve food.

Last year, 6,127 FFA members partnered with 8,224 non-FFA youth to volunteer a combined 156,163 hours in their communities to fight hunger. More than 207,000 pounds of fresh produce, meat and eggs were donated by FFA: Food for All grant recipients last year.

To learn more about what FFA chapters are doing with their grants to ease hunger in their communities, visit FFA.org/FoodForAll.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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03-25-14 Colorado Poultry Association hosting Annual Spring Show in Pueblo May 3rd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 25, 2014

CPA-CO Poultry Association logoCPA Poultry Show 2(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 25th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Bruce Murdoch, Colorado Poultry Associaiton Vice-President and Show Secretary discussing the upcoming Spring Poultry/Pigeon/Rabbit Show @ the Colorado State Fairgrounds’ Small Animal Building in Pueblo, CO on May 3rd.


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2014 CO Poultry Show Book – CLICK HERE

2014 CO Poultry Show Entry Form – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado Poultry Association - CLICK HERE

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03-19-14 The 2014 All American Buckle and Banner Prospect Show in Ft Collins on May 17th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 19, 2014

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03-10-14 FFA partners with 8 MLB Teams for ‘FFA Day at the Ballpark’ to raise funds, community awareness, includes CO Rockies!

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 18, 2014

CLICK HERE to order YOUR tickets!

CLICK HERE to order YOUR tickets!

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 18th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Duane Brodt Marketing and Communications National FFA Foundation to discuss the 2014 “FFA Day at the Ballpark”…


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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, March 10, 2014/National FFA Organization) – FFA members, their friends and family members and FFA supporters can catch a Major League Baseball game this summer and take advantage of specially discounted ticket rates, help raise funds for FFA and heighten awareness of the organization.

FFA Day at the Ballpark games will be in June and July from Washington, D.C., to Washington state:

  • 7:10 p.m. Friday, June 14: Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers at Safeco Field in Seattle
  • 7:10 p.m. Friday, June 20: Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Field in Kansas City
  • 1:10 p.m. Sunday, June 22: Cincinnati Reds vs. Toronto Blue Jays at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati
  • 1:15 p.m. Sunday, June 22: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
  • 7:10 p.m. Friday, June 27: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies at Miller Park in Milwaukee
  • 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 11: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
  • 1:35 p.m. Sunday, July 20: Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
  • 2:10 p.m. Sunday, July 27: Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field in Denver

Each game is a fundraising event for FFA with a portion of each ticket sold benefitting FFA at the state level.

Based on ticket sales, FFA has the potential to share how the organization makes a positive difference in the lives of agricultural education students throughout the country with nearly 500,000 baseball fans in the combined eight markets.

To order specially discounted tickets online for any of the FFA Day at the Ballpark games, visit FFA.org/MLB.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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03-10-14 Grover FFA Hired Hand Auction and Oyster Fry April 5th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 10, 2014

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03-04-14 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Gov’s Forum, CO Ag Hall of Fame, NFU Convention & MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 4, 2014

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) February 4th, 2014 - Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, CO Legislative Issues & much more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…


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To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion - CLICK HERE

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03-03-14 Colorado FFA Foundation 2014 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees and Rising Star Recipient…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 3, 2014

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CLICK HERE to watch the WEBCAST ARCHIVE of the 25th CO FFA Foundation Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Ceremony from Feb 27th, 2014!

The Colorado FFA Foundation inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Dr. Norman Dalsted, of Fort Collins, Les Hardesty of Estes Park, Dr. Cleon Kimberling, of Fort Collins, and Mr. Don Svedman, Fort Collins all were formally inducted into the newly named Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 27th during the 25th annual hall of fame banquet.

“We are proud to induct these four outstanding individuals who have all contributed so much to the Colorado agriculture industry,” said Dale McCall, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. “We had a very deep applicant pool and the final decision was difficult to make, but I feel these four gentlemen are most deserving of the distinction.”

The Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture Award was also presented.  This is the third year for recognition of up an coming leaders in agriculture.  Members of the Hall of Fame will vote yearly on the winner of the Rising Star Award.

John Adent, CEO of Greeley based Animal Health International was the recipient this year.

“The Rising Star Award is an indication of how many great leaders we have in this state” said McCall.  Mr. Adent was an excellent choice this year.

The Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet was held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and is a prime opportunity to gauge the direction of the industry and learn about issues facing one of the largest industries in Colorado. Both the forum and the banquet are attended by industry and political leaders as well as family farmers and ranchers who lead and support the agriculture industry and its future.

Friends, peers and business associates recognized the four inductees and the Rising Star during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet, Feb. 27, 2014, at the Renaissance Hotel, Denver. The 2014 inductees will join 78 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Agriculture Hall of Fame member’s portraits are displayed in the Colorado Department of Agriculture offices and will be moved to the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education on CSU’s ARDEC campus after the building is constructed.

Hosted by the Colorado FFA Foundation, the banquet is held yearly to induct members into the Agriculture Hall of Fame who have significantly contributed to Colorado’s second largest industry. A unique, multi-media presentation highlights the life of each new inductee during the ceremony.

Short biographies of the inductees are included below, CLICK the person’s name to watch the YouTube A/V Presentation*

2014 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame nominees: Read the rest of this entry »

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25th Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame ARCHIVES…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 2, 2014

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CLICK HERE to Watch LIVE @ 6:30pm from the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, CO

Watch the 203-14 Colorado FFA State Officer Team in action as they host the 25th Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame and recognize:

2014 Rising Star in Agriculture

Mr John Adent -  (YouTube) (Audio Acceptance Speech)

Class of 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees:

Dr Norman Dalsted - (YouTube) (Audio Acceptance Speech)

Mr. Les Hardesty - (YouTube) (Audio Acceptance Speech)

Dr Cleon Kimberling - (YouTube) (Audio Acceptance Speech)

Mr. Don Svedman - (YouTube) (Audio Acceptance Speech)

*CLICK the person’s name to watch the YouTube A/V Presentation*

Emcee for the evening is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar

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03-01-14 The 2014 Arickaree FFA Chapter Hired Hand Auction is on March 17th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 1, 2014

Arickaree FFA Hired Hand Auction 2014

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Dear Arickaree FFA Supporters:

The Arickaree FFA Chapter will be holding its annual member auction on Monday, March 17, 2014.  We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend this event.  The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a rocky mountain oyster and chicken strip dinner. The auction will start at 7:30 p.m.

This is the major fundraiser for the Arickaree FFA.  Students will be auctioned off for eight hours of labor.  Along with raising funds for the chapter, this event allows students to discover different agricultural related industries and businesses.

The funds raised on March 17th will be used to develop students’ leadership abilities, encourage personal growth, and allow for career exploration throughout the year.  A few specific events that this money may be used for are leadership development trainings, district and state career development events, state and national FFA conventions, and various community activities.

Once again, we would like to invite you to attend the Arickaree FFA Annual Member Auction on March 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  Enclosed with this letter are complimentary dinner vouchers.  The Arickaree FFA Chapter along with many other FFA chapters, appreciate all of the support that you and your business give to the youth in this area.

Sincerely,

Kyle Leoffler

Arickaree FFA Chapter President

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02-28-14 Tractor safety campaign challenges unsafe traditions…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 28, 2014

CASN-Childhood Agricultural Safety Network logoA child dies from injuries on a farm an average of once every 3.5 days. The most common situation involves a tractor.

“Keep Kids Away from Tractors,” is the unified message of the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN) http://www.childagsafety.org/, a coalition of 38 health, safety and youth organizations. The coalition’s campaign urges adults to think twice before allowing children 12-under to operate tractors or ride on them.

The month of March is popular for week-long ag safety observances by several national organizations. The coalition urges individuals and groups to incorporate CASN resources in their safety initiatives. Posters, radio ads and more information can be found at http://www.childagsafety.org/TractorCampaign.htm.

Consider these incidents from the past year:

  • A 1-year-old North Dakota boy died after falling from a tractor driven by his father. His 4-year-old brother survived.
  • A 6-year-old Minnesota boy died with his grandfather when the tractor they were riding rolled over.
  • A 5-year-old Kansas girl died when she fell through the windshield of a combine driven by her father.

The biggest tragedy of all? These deaths were 100 percent preventable.

Allowing young children to ride on a tractor is considered a tradition by many. But remember — “It’s easier to bury a tradition than a child.”

WEBINAR!: “Keep Kids Away from Tractors” will be featured in a webinar at noon (CT), Wednesday, March 12. Presenting on behalf of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety will be Director Barbara Lee, Ph.D., and Marsha Salzwedel, M.S. The webinar is sponsored by the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network and AgriSafe Network. Register at www.agrisafe.org.

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11-20-13 Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2014 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 26, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation's Website

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation’s Website

Farm Credit logoThe Colorado FFA Foundation announced today four inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of FameDr. Norman Dalsted of Fort Collins, Les Hardesty of Estes Park, Dr. Cleon Kimberling of Fort Collins, and Don Svedman of Fort Collins will all be formally inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Fame in February at the annual Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet. Mr.  John Adent will also be recognized as the 2014 Rising Star in Agriculture that evening as well.

“We are proud to add four more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.  Their accomplishments exemplify education, innovation, and service to others,“ said Dale McCall, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation.

The Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet is held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and is a prime opportunity to gauge the direction of the industry and learn about issues facing one of the largest industries in Colorado. Both the forum and the banquet are attended by industry and political leaders as well as family farmers and ranchers who lead and support the agriculture industry and its future.

Friends, peers and business associates will recognize the four inductees during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet, Feb. 27, 2014, at the Renaissance Hotel, Denver. 2014 will mark the Silver Anniversary of the hall of fame induction ceremony.  The honorees will join 77 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989.  All Agriculture Hall of Fame members’ portraits are displayed in the Colorado Department of Agriculture offices and will be moved to the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education at Colorado State University upon it’s completion. Mr. John Adent will also be recognized as the Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture.

Hosted by the Colorado FFA Foundation, the banquet is held yearly to induct members into the Agriculture Hall of Fame who have significantly contributed to Colorado’s second largest industry. A unique, multi-media presentation will highlight the life of each new inductee during the ceremony.

2014 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame nominee biographies… Read the rest of this entry »

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02-19-14 NAT FFA NEWS: Philanthropic Kentucky couple supports FFA with $500,000 endowment to award FFA jackets to deserving members…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 19, 2014

Don't forget National FFA Week is Feb 15-22, 2014!

Don’t forget National FFA Week is Feb 15-22, 2014!

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Thanks to the generosity of a philanthropy-focused Kentucky couple, deserving FFA members will be getting a gift of blue for years to come.

Don and Mira Ball, who co-founded Lexington, Ky.-based custom home-building company Ball Homes more than 50 years ago, kicked off 2014 National FFA Week by inviting some National FFA and Kentucky FFA officers to their home and share details about an endowment they created to support the National FFA Organization’s Give the Gift of Blue campaign.

The campaign relies on financial contributions to the National FFA Foundation used to provide a new, official FFA corduroy jacket to members who can’t afford one. The Balls created a $500,000 endowment that will award up to 400 free FFA jackets each year to qualified members.

Don Ball grew up in western Kentucky. He is a former local and regional FFA officer – the jacket he wore was handed down to him so backing the Give the Gift of Blue campaign is especially meaningful to him – who went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky. Within five years of graduation, he and his wife started Ball Homes, which has flourished and allowed the couple to give back to a host of community organizations and endeavors, including FFA.

He believes that the experiences and values instilled in him through his involvement in FFA played a big role in his career and philanthropic successes. His training in parliamentary procedure, he said, served him well in his three terms in the Kentucky state legislature.

“If it wasn’t for FFA, I wouldn’t have made it out of my driveway,” he said. “I’m proud that I have been able to give back to my community in ways I would have never imagined.”

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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02-18-14 Inside the New Raymer FFA Chapter with Vo-Ag Instructor/FFA Advisor Casseday Lohr…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 18, 2014

New Raymer FFA Chapter 2New Raymer FFA(BARN Media – New Raymer, CO) February 18th, 2014 - During National FFA Week, BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network was invited to speak to Prairie High School as part of Ag Career Day during the New Raymer FFA Chapter’s Ag Career Day. Other presenters during the event were: Jamie Mollohan of Premier Farm Credit, Delwyn Northup of New Raymer, Rachel Rydel of Cargill and Darrell Mertens of Aero Applicators. Following the presentation, I had the opportunity to sit down and visit with Miss Casseday Lohr, New Raymer FFA Advisor and Vocational Agriculture Instructor about her first three years at Prairie High School and what the future holds for her…

To listen to the full interview with Casseday Lohr, click the link below…


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To learn more about the New Raymer FFA Chapter, visit their Facebook page (CLICK HERE) or their page on the school’s website (CLICK HERE)

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