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(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…
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 CreditColorado 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*
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.
A 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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The Colorado FFA Foundation announced today four inductees 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 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 Adentwill 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.
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.
(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…
Submitted to BARN Media by Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties
Southeast Area—Have you ever wondered just how to decorate cupcakes, create bulletin boards that you see on Pinterest? Are you interested in tooling and lacing your own checkbook cover or building a robot? If you answered yes to any of those question then Southeast Area Extension agents Barry Acton, Amy Kelley and Lacey Mann have the answer for you. They will be hosting a 4-H Super Saturday event Saturday, March 1 at the Sand and Sage Fairgrounds in Lamar to teach youth how to complete those exact projects. Super Saturday offers 4-H youth, ages 8-18, to learn how to complete the following projects; Leather Craft, Unit 1; Robotics, Level 1; Cake Decorating , Unit 5 (Cupcakes) and Home Environment, Unit 1. Tandy Leather will also be on hand to assist youth with their projects as well as sell leathercraft project materials for all units and ages.
Registration is required by February 24 to your local Extension office and the cost is $5 which will cover lunch and project expenses. If you are not enrolled in 4-H we will have enrollment forms available at Super Saturday so you can join 4-H, however, you will still need to preregister for Super Saturday by February 24.
This is the first Super Saturday event created and planned specifically for Southeast Area youth. The three 4-H agents wanted to create an opportunity for prospective and current 4-H members to kickstart their 4-H year. For more information please contact your local CSU Extension Office; Baca County 719-523-6971, Bent County 719-456-0764, Cheyenne County 719-767-5716, Crowley County 719-267-5243, Kiowa County 719-438-5321, Otero County 719-254-7608, Prowers County 719-336-7734. 4-H is a cooperative effort between CSU Extension and the County.
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 17, 2014/National FFA Organization) – More than a half-million students in all 50 U.S. states this week will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in need.
It’s National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.
The week-long tradition started in 1948. Each year, National FFA Week runs Saturday to Saturday, encompassing President George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday in recognition of Washington’s legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.
FFA was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. Founding members of the organization taught generations that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting — it involves science, business and much more.
Today, FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. Members progress to enjoy careers as biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs.
Did you know?
In 1947, at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting, the week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.
Educate and advocate!
FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It’s a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day.
There are a variety of events throughout the week that allow a chapter to communicate with others what FFA is all about and ignite a passion for agriculture! Some chapters host teacher appreciation breakfasts, others conduct “Ag Olympics” competitions, while still others reach out to the community through service projects. This is just a small sampling of how chapters promote FFA in their schools and communities.
Stay connected all year long. Share activity ideas and tell us your stories by posting videos, pictures and comments on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!
Want to tweet about FFA Week? Use hashtag #FFAweek
For more information about National FFA Week or about the National FFA – CLICK HERE
Taylor Horton, Brighton, CO, Takes Top Individual Honors & Weld Central FFA Takes First in Team
DENVER-Sixty-seven contestants vied Jan. 22, for $2,300 in individual scholarships and team trophies at the National Bison Association’s (NBA) Sixth Annual Junior Judging Contest. Taking top honors and a $1,000 scholarship with an overall score of 238, was Taylor Horton, Brighton, Colo. The top placing team, scoring a total of 685 points, was one of two entered from Weld Central FFA, Keenesburg, Colo., and included Quentin Quintana, Austin Massey, Jess Nighswonger and Bailey Lonnberg. The team is coached by Weld Central FFA Advisor Willard Kendall.
Massey, Ft. Lupton, Colo., was second place individual with a total of 233 points. He receives an $800 scholarship. Quintana, Keenesburg, Colo., placed third with 229 points and was awarded a $300 scholarship.
Also coached by Kendall was the second place team from Weld Central FFA. Scoring a total of 680.5 points, the second-place team included Horton, Shelby Massey, Ft. Lupton, Colo., Alondra Meixueiro, Hudson, Colo., and Tessa Kanzler, Roggen, Colo.
The third-place team, scoring a total of 680 points, was from Brush FFA. Team members were Charlene Dory, Bush, Colo., Sage James, Brush, Colo., Sadee Davis, Brush, Colo., and Emily Dahle, Snyder, Colo. The third place team was coached by Brush FFA Advisor KayDe Naylon.
The contest was held at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), Denver, Colo., in conjunction with the NBA’s 2014 Gold Trophy Show & Sale. Contestants judged four classes: yearling heifers, heifer calves, two-year-old bred heifers and bull calves, and gave reasons on the two-year-old bred heifer class. Each animal class and the reasons class had a total possible point value of 50, making 250 total points a perfect score.
(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) January 5th, 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…
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Hundreds of agricultural education thought leaders, higher-education executives and business professionals will converge on Indianapolis next week for a three-day summit focusing on the future of experiential learning in school-based agricultural education.
A joint project of the National Council for Agricultural Education and the National FFA Organization, the 2014 National Agriculture Education Summit is Jan. 28-30. The theme of this year’s event, held at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing located at 8787 Keystone Crossing, will focus on renewal of experiential learning and supervised agricultural experiences within agricultural education.
“As the nation begins to deal with the skills gap that exists between current educational components and what will be needed for the future workforce, the general education community is looking to experiential learning as a key solution,” said National Council for Agricultural Education Managing Director Mike Honeycutt. “Changes in our industry and demographics are challenging teachers to find ways to meaningfully engage all students through experiential learning. The summit brings together a variety of national leaders in agricultural education to study, debate and seek solutions to the barriers we face.”
Colorado Gives Day is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. ColoradoGives is an online giving program that centers on a website called ColoradoGives.org. This online resource features the profiles of more than 1,000 Colorado charities. Made possible by Community First Foundation, it encourages year-round charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about local nonprofits and an easy way to support them online. There are THREE organizations I would encourage folks to contribute to, who work closely with young folks in the state and do a FANTASTIC JOB advocating for agriculture each and every day, and they are:
CO 4-H FOUNDATION - The mission of the Colorado 4-H Foundation is to raise and disburse funds in support of the Colorado State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program. The Colorado 4-H Foundation seeks financial support for awards, scholarships, educational trips and other new innovative programs and opportunities for 4-H youth and adult volunteer leaders (https://www.coloradogives.org/Colorado4HFoundation/overview)
GREELEY, CO., December 6, 2013—Animal Health International, Inc.is pleased to announce its 2014 Equine Dentistry Lecture and Wet Lab education and training events, being conducted by renowned Equine Dentistry specialist Dr. Jack Easley, DVM, MS and Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine Certified). Four events are scheduled for mid-to-late 2014, with additional events planned for 2015.
These events are RACE- approved by the American Association of State Veterinary Boards.
Dr. Easley received a DVM degree from Tuskegee University in 1976. After completing a Large Animal Internship at Oklahoma State University, he served as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Kansas State University from 1978 to 1980 where he had completed an Equine Surgical Residency and received a Master’s Degree in Surgery. He was an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, 1980-1982. In 1982, he was certified as a Diplomate for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine) with recertification in 1992, 2002 and 2012. Additionally, he is a Diplomate in the International College of Equine Veterinary Odontologists. For the past 30 years, Dr. Easley has owned and operated a private practice emphasizing equine dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, medicine and reproduction.
GREELEY, CO December 5, 2013 – Animal Health International, Inc. today announces the formation of their Sales and Customer Service team dedicated exclusively to the Equine market, building upon the Company’s long history of service to and support of the equine veterinary community.
“As a company, we’ve always demonstrated a strong commitment to provide equine veterinarians the products and solutions they need to best manage their practice,” said Mark Ziller, President of Animal Health International’s Companion Animal Division. “Equine care is a specialized area of veterinary medicine, with unique acute care and preventative care challenges and unique practice management challenges. We have put together an experienced, knowledgeable team of professionals who understand those challenges, and are able to marshal the resources of Animal Health International to help equine veterinarians face those challenges.”