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07-30-14 Voluntary “best practices” model for ag youth employment published…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

NCCRAHS - ational Childrens Center for Rural Health and Safety logoGiven the changes in agriculture in recent years and the lack of updated guidance for youth employment, a new voluntary “best practice” model policy has been developed to help fill this gap.  It can be adopted in both employment and non-employment settings to help safeguard young farm workers.

“Model Policy: Youth Employment in Agriculture,” addresses age- and developmentally- appropriate assignments, training needs for adolescent workers, and ideal supervision and mentoring by adult workers. This approach is consistent with new trends in agriculture to use certification systems, safety audits, and voluntary safety standards in addition to the regulatory process.

The policy, recommendations for its use and resources are posted at
http://marshfieldclinic.org/nccrahs/modelpolicy.

Mary E. Miller, RN, MN, young worker specialist at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, working with Barbara Lee, Ph.D., director, National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, led development of the policy, beginning with discussions at the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) annual conference in Washington D.C., and continuing with a survey of employers and a task force of NCAE members. The process resulted in a template that can be customized and adapted for individual companies that employ young workers. The policy process continued the conversation about youth safety after proposed changes to federal agricultural child labor laws were withdrawn by the White House in April 2012.

A manuscript about the policy and its development is featured in the current Journal of Agromedicine (issue 19-3).

The abstract can be viewed at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wagr20/current.

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Watch the 2014 Weld County Fair’s Livestock Shows and Jr Livestock Sale on Livestream…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 28, 2014

*URGENT MESSAGE*

There will be NO WEBCAST, as there is NO internet available in the Events Center, per the City of Greeley.

My apologies, this situation is OUT of my control. BARN Media is recording the entire WCF JLS and will get it uploaded this week.

Sorry for the inconvenience, no one is more disappointed than I.

- Brian Allmer, BARN Media

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CLICK HERE to view the 2014 WCF JLS Sale Order

 

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07-25-14 WELD COUNTY FAIR KICKS OFF WITH MORE THAN 1,000 EXHIBITORS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

Weld County Fair LogoWELD COUNTY, CO – The Weld County Fair kicked off yesterday with more than 1,000 exhibitors registered in all categories, including 4-H and FFA county projects, 4-H and FFA livestock, 4-H family consumer science, 4-H general and natural resources, the better living division, kids’ events, the premier exhibitor category and the youth groups department.

Attendees will find a variety of exhibits outside of livestock within the above mentioned categories, including robotics, woodworking, model rocketry, cake decorating and much more.

“The Weld County Fair is an excellent representation of many of the talented residents we have here,” said Commissioner Chairman Douglas Rademacher. “I hope everyone takes the opportunity to visit the fair and see what Weld County has to offer.”

“There really is something for everybody at the Weld County Fair,” said Weld County 4-H Extension Director Keith Maxey. “We’ve had a really great turnout for exhibits this year and hope to see the public out here to check them out.”

For more information regarding the Weld County fair, visit www.weldcountyfair.com.

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07-21-14 CDA UPDATED ALERT: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) – Positive Diagnosis in Horses in Weld and now in Boulder County…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

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UPDATED: 07/21/14

Colorado Equine Update:

Additional Vesicular Stomatitis Case; First Colorado Horse Infected with West Nile Virus in 2014

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has two important updates involving Colorado’s horse community; Vesicular Stomatitis and the West Nile Virus have been confirmed in Colorado horses.

“Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of Vesicular Stomatis. Although the insect vectors for transmission of West Nile Virus and VS in horses are different, one of the most important disease prevention practices for both diseases is insect control for both the premises and the individual animals,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS)

A third Colorado premises has a confirmed diagnosis of vesicular stomatitis and a number of other premises in the surrounding area are being investigated. The third confirmed premises is located in Boulder county and has been placed under quarantine. Last week, four horses on two Weld County premises were placed under quarantine after testing positive for VS. Colorado is the second state in the country to have VS; previous positive cases in 2014 have been diagnosed in Texas.

VS susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock.

Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact State or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.

While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

Additional information including tips for livestock owners and veterinarians can be found by visiting www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and clicking on “Vesicular Stomatitis Virus” or call the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130.  To view the current location of cases and other important updates and information you can visit: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Faphis_content_library%2Fsa_our_focus%2Fsa_animal_health%2Fsa_animal_disease_information%2Fsa_equine_health%2Fsa_vesicular_stomatitis%2Fct_vesicular_stomatitis.

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Come on out to the 65th Northeast Weld County Fair & Rodeo in New Raymer, CO on July 18-19…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

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07-17-14 US Ag Centers News: Respiratory protection videos on Agricultural Centers YouTube channel…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

US Ag Centers logoJuly 17, 2014 - The best agricultural safety videos – now just one click away – can be found on the U.S Agricultural Safety and Health Centers YouTube channel, at www.youtube.com/USagCenters.  The channel is a joint project of the 10 Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Over 40 videos are now available for Extension agents/educators, agricultural science teachers, producers/owner/operators, first responders and agricultural families.  Videos can be used during job orientation, safety/health education, 4-H meetings, high school or college classes. One benefit of YouTube is that videos can be accessed from mobile devices to conduct tailgate trainings in the field.

Summer is a good time to remind people involved in agricultural work to use respirators when they are in dusty conditions or working with chemicals.  Choosing, using and fitting the right respirator is the key to protecting your lungs.  Four videos on the U.S Agricultural Safety and Health Centers YouTube site discuss respiratory protection:

How to Get the Right Fit
How to Properly Care for Your Mask
Choosing the Right Mask for Your Agricultural Job

Understanding the Risks

These videos provide information about: Read the rest of this entry »

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04-29-14 ‘FFA Day at the Ballpark’ to raise funds, community awareness, includes CO Rockies…ORDER TIX BEFORE JULY 17th!

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

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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 *ORDER TIX BEFORE JULY 17th*

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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07-15-14 AJSA News: Colorado Youths Reitzenstein and Russell take honors at the Junior Simmental National Classic…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 15, 2014

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Cutline frame 27:   Kyndal Reitzenstein smiles as she receives a banner. Her heifer placed 7th overall in the SimGenetic show at the AJSA Classic.

Kyndal Reitzenstein smiles as she receives a banner. Her heifer placed 7th overall in the SimGenetic show at the AJSA Classic.

Cutline frame 41:   Chad Russell was recognized for winning the Silver Merit Award, a $1000 college scholarship.

Chad Russell was recognized for winning the Silver Merit Award, a $1000 college scholarship.

LOUISVILLE, KY - Colorado’s Kyndal Reitzenstein and Chad Russell both earned honors at the American Junior Simmental National Classic.

The junior nationals, held July 13-19 at the Kentucky Expo Center, drew 410 youth from 32 states. The week-long events include numerous educational contests and shows.

Reitzenstein, of Kersey, placed 8th in showmanship and 20th in livestock judging. Her heifer, SFI Love Me Later A29X, was 2nd in the February 2013-born percentage heifer class and 7th overall in the SimGenetics show. Youth exhibited nearly 700 head of cattle, judged by Jason Hoffman of NE,  and his associate Graham Blagg of CA. In accumulated points, Reitzenstein, age 20, placed 18th overall.

Russell, of Sugar City, placed 11th in the Cattlemen’s Quiz, one of the Classic contests which tests industry knowledge and EPDs. Russell did not take cattle to the event, but helped other western region exhibitors show.

Russell, age 17, also received the AJSA Silver Merit Award, which is a $1,000 honor bestowed by the Simmental Foundation. The post-secondary education scholarship, presented to 10 youth annually, is judged by a committee and is based on leadership, extra-curricular participation and direct involvement with the beef industry.

The event, which was the largest in the Classic’s 34-year history, was hosted by Illinois Simmental and was immediately followed by the Breeder’s Sweepstakes.

AJSA has more than 3000 members and hosts four summer regional classics, along with the national Classic. For more information, go to www.simmental.org  o rwww.coloradosimmental.com

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2014 Briggsdale Classic Results

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 14, 2014

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Market & Breeding Beef Show – July 11th, 2014

BEEF SHOW RING SPONSOR – MILLER CATTLE FEEDERS

Show Ring Panels provided by Crow Valley Panels of Briggsdale & hauled by Windee Ridge Boer Goats

BEEF RING SPONSOR: Jordan Cattle Company & Revelation Steel

JUDGE: Catharine Koroulis of Steamboat Springs, CO. BIOGRAPHY: Koroulis judged for two years @ Casper Community College then transferred to CO State University, where she was a member of the High Team overall in 2013 @ the American Royal in Kansas City. Koroulis is currently an intern @ American AgCredit, and she plans on return to CSU this fall to attend Graduate School.

BUCKET CALF CLASS – Emmett & Carrie Jordan & boys of Jordan Cattle Company

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The 2014 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show set for July 11-12…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 11, 2014

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This year's Briggsdale Classic Belt Buckles for Sr, Int & Jr Showmanship WInners, mfg by The Western Silversmith of Merino, CO

This year’s Briggsdale Classic Belt Buckles for Sr, Int & Jr Showmanship WInners, mfg by The Western Silversmith of Merino, CO

For more information – CLICK HERE

 

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07-10-14 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland: Waters of the US, Commodity Prices, Aging Ag Workforce, CO Farmers Markets and MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 10, 2014


To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Director of Communications, click the mp3 audio link below…

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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) July 10th, 2014 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s NEW Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • EPA’s “Waters of the US” proposed final rule and the RMFU’s “They Don’t Talk For Me” ad campaign
  • The recent slide of ag commodity prices
  • NFU’s Solution to the Aging Ag Workforce Problem
  • Colorado’s Farmers Markets
  • & Much More!

Additional Information and links regarding the EPA’s proposed Final Rule on the “Waters of the US”:

Comment period extended thru October

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union: Serving family farming and ranching since 1907…Learn more online @ www.rmfu.org

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07-08-14 America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Announces 2014 CO Finalists: Brush, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lone Star & Wiley…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 8, 2014

 

GrowRuralEducationGraphicFive local schools in the running for grants of up to $25,000

ST. LOUIS (July 8, 2014)—The Monsanto Fund has announced the finalists for this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants. From January through March, farmers across the country nominated their local public school districts for the grants. Once nominated, these districts were eligible to submit completed grant applications in April.

Over the past month, a panel of educators from ineligible counties reviewed all of the grant applications. The strongest submissions were selected as finalists and will be sent to the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council for final review. Composed of farmer-leaders from across the U.S. with a vested interest in both agriculture and education, the Advisory Council will select the winning school districts.

These local school districts are in the running for grants of up to $25,000:

  • Brush No. Re-2 J
  • Kiowa County School District No. Re-1
  • Kit Carson School District No. R-1
  • Lone Star School District No. 101
  • Wiley School District No. Re-13 JT

The winning grant recipients will be announced in early August. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-08-14 Colorado Poultry Association’s Bruce Murdoch details 2014 Southern Colorado Show in Pueblo on Sept 27th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 8, 2014

CPA-CO Poultry Association logo(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 8th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Bruce Murdoch, Colorado Poultry Association Vice-President and Show Secretary about the upcoming Southern Colorado Show in Pueblo on September 27th & much more

To listen to the interview, click on the audio mp3 link below…

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To learn more about the Colorado Poultry Association - CLICK HERE

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07-03-14 CO Corn News: Take CAWA survey to give input on state water plan…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 3, 2014

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CAWA-Colorado Ag Water Alliance header logoPARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY BY JULY 15, 2014!

Because water is such an important resource, agricultural associations from across the state felt that it was important to collaborate on efforts concerning agricultural water. As a result, the Colorado Agriculture Water Alliance (CAWA) was formed and is composed of representatives from Colorado’s agricultural organizations. Additional information about CAWA can be found on our website at www.coagwater.org

To help CAWA identify the needs of Colorado’s farmer and ranchers we invite you to participate in this short survey.The data collected will help provide input on behalf of the agricultural sector to the development of the State Water Plan (www.coloradowaterplan.com). In addition, this survey will help identify what actions CAWA can take to best help agricultural producers. You are encouraged to complete the entire survey; however, you may choose to skip any questions that you do not wish to answer.Your responses will be summarized with others’ responses when sharing results.

Click here to be taken to the survey.

To learn more about Colorado Corn or to become a member – CLICK HERE

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07-03-14 Local FFA chapters urged to apply for Colorado Corn grant…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 3, 2014

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn is kicking off the Colorado Corn Colorado FFA Association Grant Program for the second year, available to all FFA Chapters in the state of Colorado.

The Grant Program is to assist Colorado FFA Chapters with any projects within their school district that fall within three main categories:

  • Improvement of capabilities (software, curriculum, technology, equipment, etc.)
  • Program Development (horticulture, land development, livestock management, marketing, etc.)
  • Scholarship Program (within/administered by the FFA Chapter)
  • Grant recipients will be selected from applications postmarked or emailed no later than November 1, 2014.

Colorado Corn is eager to partner with FFA Chapters throughout the state through this new opportunity.

All the details of the program can be found on theColorado Corn FFA Grant Application. Let Colorado Corn know if you have any questions.

To learn more about Colorado Corn or to become a member – CLICK HERE

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07-02-14 Colorado Junior Simmental Association Participate at Montana Regional…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 2, 2014

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Chad Russell and Keanna Smith both earned prizes in the AJSA western regional on June 26-28.

 

Keanna Smith shows her heifer in showmanship during the 3-day classic in Bozeman, MT.

Keanna Smith shows her heifer in showmanship during the 3-day classic in Bozeman, MT.

CoSimmentalLogoBOZEMAN, MT – Colorado’s Chad Russell and Keanna Smith competed in the American Junior Simmental Association Western Regional on June 26-28 here.

This summer, Montana hosted the event, which drew about 50 members from 10 western states plus Canada. The three days included learning, exposition and friendship for the youth.

Marty Ropp of Normal, IL, judged the 76 head of Simmental and Simmental-influenced cattle. In addition to the cattle show, attendees competed in educational contests aimed to further develop their communication skills, leadership, cattle knowledge and a passion for the beef industry.

Colorado’s two representatives both competed in the senior division. Russell, of Sugar City, placed 1st in the Cattlemen’s Quiz, which tests industry knowledge, cattle anatomy, EPDs, and pedigrees. He also placed 4th in sales talk, where the youth “sell” their animal in a mock scenario similar to a prospective buyer visiting the ranch; 7th in livestock judging contest; and 9th overall.

Smith, of Ignacio, placed 6th in the Cattlemen’s Quiz and 8th in showmanship. She also showed KCC1 Empress 1A, in the February 2013 heifer class.

Russell is an AJSA western trustee candidate so in addition to competing in the educational contests, helped with check-in, lead activities, and served as a ring steward. Between events, both Russell and Smith helped with “Project Linus” where they finished edging on blankets for newborns with cancer.

AJSA has more than 3000 members and hosts four summer regional classics, along with the Simmental Junior Nationals. Next, Russell will compete in the AJSA National Classic in Louisville, KY.
For more information, go to www.simmental.org  or www.coloradosimmental.com

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06-19-14 *CSU Ext SEA News* Soil Erosion and Agriculture Sustainability By Wilma Trujillo…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 19, 2014

CSU Extension LogoSOUTHEAST AREA EXTENSION SAYS…                                                         

As Southeastern Colorado enters the third consecutive year of drought, the threat of soil erosion caused by wind is increased.  Drought affects soil moisture, plant growth and the amount of crop residue left after harvesting.  Although farmers and ranchers have adopted soil conservation practices over the years, wind erosion remains one of the most serious problems impacting agricultural productivity and sustainability in this area.

Wind erosion adversely affects soil productivity by selective removal of the finer soil particles which contain plant nutrients and organic matter.  With time, this leads to degradation of soil structure (compaction of the soil and poor tilth), loss of water-holding capacity and reduced uniformity of soil conditions within a field.  Soil productivity is the capability of soil for producing a specified crop or sequence of crops under a defined set of management practices. Once the topsoil within a given soil productivity potential has been lost, the remaining soil is of much lower productivity and will have to be treated to restore its full productivity.

Before attempting to restore productivity of eroded soils, the production limitations must be identified. Some soils can be restored simply by replenishing lost fertility, other soils require more drastic restorative measures and some soils may never be fully restored.

Controlling further erosion is an extremely important part of the restoration process.  There are three primary means to control or reduce erosion or damage from wind: Read the rest of this entry »

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06-10-14 FFA member inspired at annual WLC to help create safe-water drinking well in Kenyan village…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 10, 2014

Motorists pass by Walk for Water participants in Fishers, Ind., as they cross a busy causeway with buckets filled with water on Thursday, May 5, 2014. FFA members and their fellow students raised more than $7,000 to help build a safe-water well in the Kenyan village of Kager. (Duane Brodt/National FFA Organization)

Motorists pass by Walk for Water participants in Fishers, Ind., as they cross a busy causeway with buckets filled with water on Thursday, May 5, 2014. FFA members and their fellow students raised more than $7,000 to help build a safe-water well in the Kenyan village of Kager. (Duane Brodt/National FFA Organization)

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INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, June 10, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Last summer, Paul Thieme learned about the power of one. A week of hard work at the National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference helped him compose a better picture of who he is, what he’s good at and how he could help others.

During that week, he researched causes that might possibly need his skills, talents and passion.

Thieme discovered Kager, Kenya. There, safe water is miles away from the village of 3,000. The job of obtaining even a questionable state of safe water is that of women and their children, who up to three times a day – every day – walk as far as four miles to gather water.

Then he found Healing Hands International, an organization that raises money through walkathons to cover the costs of drilling community wells in Kenya and a host of other African nations.

“I was inspired. I was called to serve,” said Thieme, a senior FFA member at Hamilton Southeastern High School in central Indiana. “Because I have the ability, I had a responsibility to do something.”

He organized his own walkathon and called on his FFA chapter and fellow students to join the cause. Toward the end of the school year, dozens of students and teachers walked nearly two miles, filled five-gallon buckets with reservoir water and walked back to school with the buckets on their heads.

“Our goal was to raise money needed to help build a safe-water well for the Kager people and inspire other students to branch out and create service projects of their own,” he said. “There are people in our country and in our world who don’t have many of the things we take for granted.”

The event raised $7,000 for Walk4Water.

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06-10-14 National FFA focus of Tuesday’s ‘Rural America Live’ June 10th at 6:30 MT…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 10, 2014

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Rural-America-Live logoAt 8:30 p.m. EST / 6:30 pm MST today, National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong will be a special guest on “Rural America Live,” a one-hour, live show on RFD-TV hosted by Mark Oppold, president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. Joining Dr. Armstrong will be Dave Sowers, senior brand manager at Ram Truck, and Tennessee FFA Association President Kevin Robertson.

Oppold will focus on the strong connection between Ram Truck and FFA, specifically how local FFA chapters benefited from Ram’s 2014 “Next Crop Project” during which more than $125,000 was raised for FFA by nearly 100 Ram dealerships through test drives.

The format of Tuesday night’s show will be interviews, discussions and a live call-in segment during which Dr. Armstrong, Sowers and Robertson will field questions and comments from viewers from across the country.

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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06-10-14 WW Feed & Supply News: Clinic teaches youth beef participants…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 10, 2014

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Participants, shown during a break, lauded the positive personalized hands-on instruction of the beef show clinic was sponsored by Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association, Sullivan Supply and WW Feed & Supply.

Participants, shown during a break, lauded the positive personalized hands-on instruction of the beef show clinic was sponsored by Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association, Sullivan Supply and WW Feed & Supply.

ORDWAY –Wess Richey of Indiana was the featured hands-on instructor for “Stock Show University,” a beef grooming school here.

Southeast Colorado youth and their show calves all got a weekend education from “Stock Show U, which was part of WW Feed & Supply’s annual Steer-Aid Clinic. This year, 4-H and FFA youth, parents and grandparents spent two 10-hour days at the Foxley Fairgrounds learning about feeding and nutrition, daily hair and animal care, show day grooming and showmanship.

Richey, Sullivan Supply’s “professor” from Plymouth, IN, focused Saturday, June 7 on daily care and clipping. “Every animal is different. Analyze your animal and clip TO the animal’s strengths,” he told the participants. On Sunday, June 8, he focused on show-day grooming. Richey demonstrated a step on a one of the 4-H’ers animals. Participants returned to their own animal to duplicate the effort, with personalized instruction given. The hands-on system was repeated over and over, so by the end of the two-day clinic, the whole animal was clipped and groomed.

On Sunday afternoon, following a lunch break of homemade burritos, the lessons shifted to showmanship. Curtis Russell, WW Feed & Supply owner, explained this showmanship contest had divisions based on years in the beef project, not on age of the exhibitor. Since it was skill-level based, the emphasis remained on learning. The youth and their animals immediately practiced their show ring proficiency in the contest, sponsored by Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association.

Judge Nikki Reid of Ordway donated her time in the ring Sunday afternoon. She reinforced Richey’s lessons, added in some oral questions and her experience, to select showmanship winners. Experienced showmen went first, so the inexperienced ones could watch and absorb more tips. Top winners, who earned monetary rewards from Bent-Prowers Cattlemen, were:

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