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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Thu Apr 24, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

  Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country 
elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.  
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
                                Bids        Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat      7.19-7.34    13 higher
    Up to 12 percent protein 

US 2 Yellow Corn                4.81-5.11    2 to 3 lower

US 2 Barley                          8.00    steady

Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
        Tammy Judson 970-353-9750  Greeley.LGMN@ams.usda.gov 
        http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
        http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews

1300M    tj

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04-24-14 USCA Files Comments Opposing Proposed Changes in Trade Restrictions With Brazil States; Argentina Classification…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

USCA logo newUSCA (April 24, 2014) - The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments this week regarding two proposed notices issued by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA-APHIS).  The notices propose changes in trade restrictions with regions in Brazil and Argentina pertaining to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). USCA issued comments opposing both proposed rules.

USCA President Jon Wooster commented, “The United States is classified by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) as FMD Free Without Vaccination.  The industry has worked very hard to maintain this status and it is a cornerstone of U.S. cattle producers’ reputation for raising the safest, healthiest beef in the world.  We do not believe that Brazil or Argentina have the appropriate FMD surveillance, detection and response plans in place to support allowing imports of beef into the U.S.  The risks involved with the changes proposed by USDA-APHIS are irresponsible and risk not only the health of the entire U.S. cattle herd but other cloven hoofed species.  An outbreak of FMD in the U.S. would result in catastrophic economic consequences affecting not just the cattle industry, but our national economy as well.  USCA does not support the proposed changes and we have submitted comments substantiating our position.”

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04-24-14 Report: Colorado Economy, Job Market Reaps Major Benefits from Renewable Fuels Industry…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

Fuels America logo2Homegrown American Fuels Support 10,619 Jobs, $642.2 Million in Wages

WASHINGTON, DC — The Fuels America coalition today released an economic impact study by John Dunham & Associates showing the far-reaching benefits of renewable fuels for Colorado workers and businesses.

Renewable fuels now represent nearly 10% of America’s fuel supply and have helped reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil to the lowest level in years.  The analysis takes into account the entire supply chain for renewable fuels and quantifies the impact to the economy.

Benefits to Colorado from the renewable fuels industry include:

  • Driving $2.7 billion of economic output
  • Supporting 10,619 jobs and $642.2 million in wages
  • Generating $62.3 million in state tax revenue each year

The full analysis is available on the Fuels America website, including detailed state by state reports.

AUDIO from the Fuels America Tele-Conference:

OPENING STATEMENTS – CLICK HERE

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS – CLICK HERE

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04-24-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Thu April 24, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

  Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices, 
with some moderate buyer demand.  Irrigation supplies look optimistic coming 
into the spring.  According to the NRCS Regional snowpack levels are being 
reported as Yampa and White 123 percent, Colorado 125 percent, North Platte 141 
percent, South Platte 134 percent, Arkansas 103 percent, Upper Rio Grande 66 
percent, Gunnison 100 percent, and (San Miguel, Dolores, Animas, San Juan) 75 
percent. 
  If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado 
Department of Agriculture website: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.  All prices 
reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots 
of hay  the most recent sales.  

Northeast Colorado Areas 

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04-24-14 CAWG-CCAC-RMFU-CFB News: Farm Bill Explanation Tour Webcast & Audio Archives Available…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

 

CLICK HERE to watch the ARCHIVES of the 2014 Farm Bill Explanation Tour Session #4 from NJC in Sterling, CO...

CLICK HERE to watch the ARCHIVES of the 2014 Farm Bill Explanation Tour Session #4 from NJC in Sterling, CO…

DENVER, CO – April 7th, 2014 - The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) is hosting a Farm Bill Explanation Tour April 22-24 at five locations in eastern Colorado to explain the “The Agriculture Act of 2014” (2014 Farm Bill) recently passed by Congress.

The meetings are being co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Farm Bureau and the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.

The Farm Bill Explanation Tour will make stops in Lamar, Burlington, Limon, Sterling and Greeley. Following is the list of dates, times and locations:

• COMPLETE – April 22, Ports to Plains Travel Plaza, Lamar
• COMPLETE – April 22, Community Center, Burlington
• COMPLETE - April 23rd – Hub City Senior Center, Limon
• COMPLETE - April 23 Northeastern Junior College, Hays Student Center, Ballroom, Sterling -*WEBCAST ARCHIVE*
• COMPLETE – April 24 Island Grove Park Events Center, Room A, Greeley (continental breakfast)

WEBCAST ARCHIVE AUDIO ONLY from April 23 @ NJC in Sterling, CO:

The 5-year bill, which replaces the “Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008” (2008 Farm Bill) provides farmers with a one-time election to enroll in Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. If no decision is made, payments are forfeited for the 2014 crop year and PLC is established for 2015-18.

“With the pending implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, CAWG believes it is important to inform producers how the new Farm Bill will affect their farming operations and future decisions,” said CAWG President Mark Linnebur, a wheat farmer from Byers. “We are very excited to be able to present such a diverse program to producers.” Linnebur will explain the development and passage of the new Farm Bill by Congress and compare it to the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Farm Bill Plan.

Leland Swenson, state executive director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) office, will discuss implementation of the new Farm Bill by county FSA offices; Jenny Peterson, FSA state farm program chief, will discuss implementation of the commodity programs in the new Farm Bill and answer questions; and Scott Miller, FSA state farm loan chief, will discuss the credit title in the new Farm Bill.

Wayne Myers, director of farm program services and manager at Kennedy and Coe, will focus on the commodity programs, with a detailed review of required elections including base reallocation, yield update and ARC and PLC programs, including county or individual coverage options.

Sponsors who are supporting the Farm Bill Explanation Tour April 22-24:

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04-24-14 Fishlock wins diesel technology award at NJC…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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Tim Richie, manager of the Sterling NAPA (left), presents Fishlock with a plaque and a gift certificate to the store.  (Courtesy Photo)

Tim Richie, manager of the Sterling NAPA (left), presents Fishlock with a plaque and a gift certificate to the store.  (Courtesy Photo)

Jake Fishlock, a freshman from Monument, CO was recently selected as the NAPA Student of the Month for the automotive technologies programs at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO.  He is in the college’s diesel technology program.

Fishlock was nominated for the award by Jimmie Atencio, coordinator of the diesel technology program based on his academic performance in the classroom and the lab.  Each month NAPA Auto and Truck Parts in Sterling sponsors a student award.

The students are selected from one of the three automotive programs at Northeastern including the high school based secondary automotive program, the collegiate automotive technology program  or the diesel technology program.

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04-24-14 CYFEA News: Ft. Lupton’s Cody Stevens receives Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Business Award…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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Monty Thomas (left), representing Channel Bio presents the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Business Award to Cody Stevens (center), accompanied by friend June Frances Anderson (right). (Courtesy Photo)

Monty Thomas (left), representing Channel Bio presents the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Business Award to Cody Stevens (center), accompanied by friend June Frances Anderson (right). (Courtesy Photo)

Cody Stevens of Fort Lupton has been named the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Business Award winner for 2014.

This award is presented each year to recognize a Colorado Young Farmer member who has demonstrated huge competencies in ownership of an agri-business operation. The recipient may receive the award only once in his or her lifetime. Winners are selected based upon their overall business program, leadership activities and civic, church and community service work.

Stevens, 28, is the owner and operator of a sideline farm equipment sales and repair business located on his personal property which specializes in providing farm ready used tractors and other implements. Not only does he do repair work for others, but also buys and sells tractors that he has refurbished or restored. By taking profits he’s made and buying investment equipment for resale, he has created a growing, specialized business that has certainly found a niche on Colorado’s Front Range. Since opening his business, he has expanded his inventory and his facilities and he’s self-financed it to date.

It’s small, but it’s self-sufficient and that has given him some leeway in business that many only aspire to enjoy. Stevens also works full time at Long’s Peak Equipment, a John Deere dealership in Longmont, but hopes that this business will eventually become his sole income.

With a service base of over 60 clients—primarily small production farms and horse boarding operations—Stevens finds himself busy during any off hours providing upkeep and repair on equipment for these customers. He also sells between 20 and 30 tractors per year as well as some other implements he has acquired that he knows will meet someone else’s need. His tractor inventory ranges from 25 hp to 140 hp models. “I primarily deal in older equipment from the late 1980s and older,” he explains. “I have been moving my focus to newer equipment and machinery,” but he says, it is a slow process when you are paying as you go. “I also buy and sell antique farm tractors. My custom repair work ranges from general repairs to full restorations.” From engines and transmissions to hydraulic component rebuilds, Stevens does it all, including welding, fabrication work and painting. His success proves that not everyone wants a new tractor and some clients, especially organic farming operations, really appreciate the simplicity of the older models. As part of his service offering, he provides annual inspection and service programs.

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04-24-14 CYFEA News: Front Range is runner-up for 2014 Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Award…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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Brandon Johnston (left) President of the Front Range Colorado Young Farmer Chapter  and Steve Sterkel (right) Chapter Advisor, accept the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Runner-Up. (Courtesy Photo)

Brandon Johnston (left) President of the Front Range Colorado Young Farmer Chapter and Steve Sterkel (right) Chapter Advisor, accept the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Runner-Up. (Courtesy Photo)

With 18 active members and a laundry list of activities, events and community service projects, the Front Range Chapter of the Colorado Young Farmers organization, was named the runner-up to the 2014 Colorado Young Farmers Education Association Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Award. It was edged out of the top spot by the St. Vrain Chapter. These two neighboring chapters, who sometimes even work together, are often fierce competitors for these top state titles in several categories. Headquartered in Erie, Fort Lupton and Brighton, this chapter has excelled at providing some exceptional educational activities for those who live in the same areas where they farm for a living.

The chapter participated in a large array of activities and events, including educational tours, community service activities and events designed to bring the members together for fellowship and fun when they aren’t farming.

A new collaboration in 2013 is that of partnering with Aims Community College-Fort Lupton Campus as part of its new agriculture program. Chapter members toured and visited the campus to learn about what the school will be offering in precision agriculture related to agribusiness, production agriculture, animal science and crop and soil science programs in 2014. Among the hoped for outcomes is that students enrolled at Aims will also want to join the Front Range Chapter and become involved.

Also in the education area, this past October the Young Farmers donated funds for two large elementary schools—one located in the Denver Metro Area and one in the Firestone/Frederick are[i]a to purchase pumpkins. Dialogue was opened regarding some future ag-related curriculum with both these elementary school programs in the future.

This past year, as they have done for several years, the Front Range Chapter hosted an all terrain vehicle (ATV) challenge. The event raised more than $1,000 which was given to the Fort Lupton Special Olympics program to cover costs of its annual event. A successful Casino Night raised enough money to offer two local high school students scholarships to the Colorado college of their choice.

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04-24-14 CYFEA News: Stromberger named Outstanding Regional Colorado Young Farmer…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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The Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer – Northeastern Region award is presented to  Adam Stromberger (left) by Gaylon Edson representing long time award sponsor Syngenta Seeds. (Courtesy Photo)

The Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer – Northeastern Region award is presented to
Adam Stromberger (left) by Gaylon Edson representing long time award sponsor Syngenta Seeds. (Courtesy Photo)

Windsor producer chosen for state’s north east region award

Adam Stromberger began farming on his own when he was a senior in high school in 2006. He rented an 80 acre farm and began raising grain corn and Coors barley. He didn’t make one cent his first year, but like many resilient ag producers, he decided to try again the next year. Over the past eight years, things have gotten progressively better. He now farms nearly seven times as much ground and he’s actually making some money.  He’s also been selected by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association to receive the Outstanding Regional Colorado Young Farmer for the north east area of the state.  This award is presented to members who derive 100 percent of their income from farming.

Stromberger, 26, is no stranger to agriculture. He also helps his father in the operation of a four-generation family farm. It was his father who made it possible for Adam to start his own agriculture enterprise in 2006. “I wouldn’t have gotten here if it wasn’t for him,” Stromberger freely admits. He now has farming pursuits in both the Windsor and Eaton areas. At present, he farms with his father, also farms on rented ground, and farms and crop shares acreage with a great uncle and great aunt. He raises grain corn, silage corn, red beans, wheat and barley.  He also helps with a non-profit farm owned and operated by the Thompson Valley Colorado Young Farmer Chapter. Proceeds from the farm are donated to a scholarship fund which provides college help to members of the nearby FFA Chapter. He has been involved with this project each year since 2008.

Realizing that diversification is essential in ag operations, Stromberger invested in a semi truck and does some custom hauling in the summer and fall and also custom combines for friends and neighbors at harvest time. His family also has a small produce business selling sweet corn and pumpkins and other fresh vegetables locally during the summer and fall.

Stromberger has been contributing member of the Thompson Valley Young Farmer Chapter, doing his part to help with projects, events and activities. He is also a volunteer for the annual Greeley Farm Show and serves on the buildings and grounds committee.

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04-24-14 AAW Op-Ed: Guarding Against the Dangerous Overreach of the Endangered Species Act…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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Sue McCrum, President of the AAW

AAW - American AgriWomenEditorial from Sue McCrum, President of American Agri-Women “Guarding Against the Dangerous Overreach of the Endangered Species Act:

Recently there have been media reports that have highlighted the dangerous overreach of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Desert Tortoise, Delta Smelt, Sage Grouse, and the Lesser Prairie Chicken to name a few species, are being respected over the value of the human species as various actions are being taken across the United States to severely curtail or eliminate the use of land, water, timber and mineral resources in deference to these species. These resources are vital for the security and economic solvency of the United States as they provide food, fiber, shelter and energy for our people.

The situation cements the fact that American Agri-Women (AAW) (www.americanagriwomen.org) urges that the existing Endangered Species Act be repealed. At the very least, AAW supports a requirement that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Critical Habitat designations be completed before restrictive regulatory action is taken. Concurrent social, economic and environmental cost/benefit analyses and compensatory adjustments for takings deemed necessary for species protection is required, and should be enforced.

AAW supports allowing a state or private property owner who is accused of an ESA violation to continue with existing farming, logging, fishing or mining practices until the suit is resolved. No fine should be assessed unless a violation is proven.

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04-24-14 CYFEA News: KayDe Naylon named Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Advisor…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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KayDe Naylon receives the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Advisor Award, presented by Dennis Bostron representing Schmeeckle Brothers Construction and Supply, the sponsor of this annual award. (Courtesy Photo)

KayDe Naylon receives the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Advisor Award, presented by Dennis Bostron representing Schmeeckle Brothers Construction and Supply, the sponsor of this annual award. (Courtesy Photo)

There are Colorado Young Farmer chapters located all over the state. Each year many of them compete for the top awards offered by the Colorado organization. In order to win these impressive titles, one thing is for certain, a chapter must have good leadership.

In 2014,  KayDe Naylon, an advisor for the Brush Young Farmer Chapter, has been chosen as the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Advisor. Naylon has been the advisor for the Brush Chapter, and the agriculture education teacher at Brush High School, since 2012. Because the Brush Young Farmers are primarily focused on supporting the youth in Brush and the greater Morgan County area, she has been able to really be a catalyst to help make this happen.

Originally from Lemoore, CA, Naylon completed her education at Colorado State University in 2010 and taught in Durango prior to moving to Brush. She has become a great resource for ideas and support and a crucial liaison between the Colorado Young Farmer organization, the university system, the youth in the area and the community as a whole. The Brush Chapter is relatively small with only 10 members so it is crucial that everyone participate in activities and events for them to be successful and Naylon is credited with keeping everyone on the team.

Among the annual activities of the Brush Chapter are the Catch It Goat program for the Morgan County 4-H youth, paying for FFA jackets for new members of  the Brush Chapter, cooking and serving a meal for the Morgan County Relay for Life event and an annual membership oyster fry. The Brush Young Farmers also host a tractor pull at the Morgan County Fairgrounds as a primary fundraiser for their scholarship program. They award two scholarships each year to deserving applicants going to college after graduating from a school in Morgan County.

Since 2006, The Brush Young Farmers have sponsored a benefit for a Morgan County youth with a life threatening illness or condition. All proceeds go to the family affected and/or to help research the condition at a national health center. Over the past eight years, the group has raised more than $110,000 with this annual effort.

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04-24-14 CYFEA News: St. Vrain named Outstanding CYF Chapter for 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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Gaylon Edson (left), representing Syngenta Seeds, presents the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Award to St. Vrain Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Advisor Steve Coleman (center), and Art Elmquiest, Past Chapter President. (Courtesy Photo)

Gaylon Edson (left), representing Syngenta Seeds, presents the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Award to St. Vrain Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Advisor Steve Coleman (center), and Art Elmquiest, Past Chapter President. (Courtesy Photo)

If you think for a minute that farmers aren’t competitive, think again. Having been named the top Colorado Young Farmer Chapter in the state more times than any other, the St. Vrain Valley Young Farmer Chapter has once again reclaimed this title by being named the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter in 2014 by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association.  This group last held this title in 2011. This makes five times in 11 years that St. Vrain’s Chapter has garnered this crown. It has become the one to beat in this category.

First established in 1983, the St. Vrain Progressive Farmer Chapter, as it calls itself, located in the Longmont area, consists of 30 chapter members. It takes great pride in the many community service projects and activities it sponsors each year. From a nationally recognized pinto bean drive to the support it gives area FFA chapters, the St. Vrain Young Farmer members are always at work making a difference in the community surrounding Longmont and beyond. Its’ membership is open to anyone of any age interested in learning more about agriculture.

There are several signature projects that this group does on an annual basis that make them simply stellar community supporters. It participates in a large food drive where it helps oversee the logistics for massive amounts of pinto beans  to be donated by local bean and seed companies to area food banks.  This is a nationally recognized Pinto Bean Drive. St. Vrain combines efforts with local farmers, farm organizations and agencies in Boulder County to collect and deliver non-perishable food and beans to the Outreach United Resource Center in Longmont and to the Trinity Housing Project in Greeley. Since the inception of this food drive in 1992, over 35 tons of beans alone have been distributed to the needly. In 2013, the chapter purchased $1,600 of pinto beans with $800 of chapter funds and $800 in donations from others.

Over the past four years, the St.Vrain Chapter has continued a partnership with the Boulder Valley and Longmont Conservations Districts, entitled “Our Land to Your Hands” which is a day-long workshop for fourth graders featuring numerous workshops designed to give these youngers some “hands-on” learning about agriculture, including such tasks as actually setting an irrigation tube.

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04-24-14 CYFEA News: Carlson wins Outstanding CYF Member Award…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

Outgoing State President Allan Carlson (left), presents his wife, Shelly Carlson with the 2014  Outstanding Member Award  from the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association.  (Courtesy Photo)

Outgoing State President Allan Carlson (left), presents his wife, Shelly Carlson with the 2014 Outstanding Member Award from the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association. (Courtesy Photo)

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Longmont participant recognized for ongoing work

Michelle Carlson, a member of the St. Vrain Young Farmers Chapter in Longmont has been named the Outstanding Young Farmer Member for the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association (CYFEA).  This award recognizes her for 13 years of dedicated participation and volunteerism.

They say that behind every successful man is a great woman. As the wife of a full-time farmer, Michelle “Shelly” Carlson has been an integral part of the family’s agriculture operation and with that has also come many hours of volunteering and supporting the Colorado Young Farmers. Her husband, Allan, has been a member of CYF for many years, been a past chapter officer and served as the CYFEA state president in 2013.

Carlson, the mother of five, has also been involved in the Colorado Young Farmers at virtually every level over the years. She has served as a chapter officer, an assistant advisor and a member of the chapter’s scholarship board. Shelly has attended numerous Colorado and National Young Farmer activities including state institutes, Colorado State Fair, CYFEA Foundation Fish and Chips fundraisers and has attended  the National Young Farmers Education Association Institute on multiple occasions.

At home in Longmont, this St. Vrain Chapter member has helped with that group’s annual consignment auction, membership barbecue, golf tournament, Lands to Hand booth, and ag and farm tours.  The Lands to Hands booth is on display during the Boulder County Fair and gives urban dwellers a chance to see how siphon tubes are used, to actually learn how to set them and watch them run. In addition, she even helps the Front Range Young Farmer Chapter with their annual Casino Night. She’s been a boat captain for the CYFEA Foundation’s Fish and Chips fundraiser for two years. She can drive a tractor. She can run a boat.

Having raised she and Allan’s children to love the land and appreciate agriculture, Shelly continues to embrace what agriculture can do for youth and serves on two FFA advisory boards in her area. She cooks for various benefits and activities, many benefiting young people. She volunteers her time to run beer gardens, book entertainment and other chores for organizations she is involved in, many of them also raising money for scholarship funds and the like. Her family has given animals to the local FFA chapter to raise and sell as part of its fundraising efforts.

With her own children grown and a nice crop of grandkids she enjoys and helps look after,  Shelly recently began to pursue her own cattle enterprise. “Now days I do most everything with a one-year-old in tow,” she says, smiling, “but things get done anyway.”  Spoken, no doubt, like the dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, farming partner and Young Farmer member she has become. No doubt, she’ll be a great cattlewoman, too.

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04-24-14 Von Trotha-Firestien Farm at Bracewell Celebrates National Historic Preservation Month with Farm Open House May 31st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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Von Trotha-Firestien Farm at Bracewell will host a Farm Open House on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month.  The public is invited to tour the farm and learn about its history and structures.   Admission is free!

Activities and displays at the farm for the Open House will include an antique tractor display presented by Colorado Old Iron Association, Petting Zoo, Barrel Train rides, Bake Sale to support the Blazing Clovers 4-H Club, and educational displays by Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, West Greeley Conservation District, the Poudre Learning Center and others.  To celebrate the German-Russian heritage of the Firestien family, a Polka Band, The River Boys, will provide polka music and a dance beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Von Trotha-Firestien Farm is located at the intersection of 83rd Avenue and O Street (30951 County Road 27, Greeley ), northwest of Greeley in the settlement of Bracewell.  The Farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

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04-24-14 CYFEA News: NJC Young Farmer Chapter receives 2014 Outstanding Community Service Award…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

 

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NJC Chapter wins community service award

The Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Community Service Award is presented to the NJC Chapter. Left to right, Dave Lieber, President of the NJC Chapter and Dale Whittington, NJC chapter advisor (center), receive the award from Adam Stromberger representing Colorado Bean Company who sponsors the annual award. (Courtesy Photo)

You might say that the Northeastern Junior College Young Farmer Chapter has a lot of pull. And, it is that pull that lifted them to the top of the state competition, allowing them to be selected as the 2014 recipient of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s Outstanding Community Service Award.

While running a Kid’s Pedal Pull may not sound like a big deal to some, for a whole slew of children across Colorado, it’s a big deal. Especially if you are a child who has earned your way into the state-wide competition. For a number of years now, it has been the NJC Young Farmer Chapter that has operated the state contest. What makes it especially fun is that this group hosts a number of the local pedal pull contests in northeastern Colorado, so they are usually well acquainted with the families of the children when they arrive for the state pull.

The NJC Young Farmers have held a sanctioned kids’ pedal tractor pull in Sterling during the Logan County Fair since 1997.  Over the years they also began sponsoring a sanctioned pull at the Crook Fair, the Fleming Fall Festival and the Sedgwick County Fair in Julesburg.  Because there is a national pedal pull competition held in Mitchell, South Dakota each year, it seemed only appropriate for Colorado to develop a state contest so top winners can be chosen to go to the nationals. The NJC Young Farmers began, in 2007, also running the state contest in conjunction with the annual Old Threshers event in Yuma. All children, ages 4 to 12 who have finished in the top three of their age and gender group at one of the sanctioned pulls across the state, can come to Yuma and compete for a Colorado title.

In some instances, the children entering these competitions are from the city, perhaps visiting a rural relative during the fair. This kids pedal pull may indirectly expose these city dwellers to agriculture while they compete. When these same families show up for Old Thresher’s Day, they are able to enjoy the event free and take in a number of other ag-related

activities. Indirectly, this can hugely positively impact their thoughts on agriculture.

In 2013, NJC Young Farmers helped coordinate  181 “hooks” at the local level, meaning that this many times children crawled up on a pedal tractor hooked to the appropriate weight for their age brackets, and mustered up the courage to, using only their own personal strength, pull it across a designated distance in the fastest time possible.

The NJC Young Farmers do not charge the children anything to compete and even go so far as to pay the state sanction fees for Colorado so our state winners may compete at the national contest if they choose to make the trip to Mitchell.

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04-24-14 CYFEA News: Whittington Earns Top Agri-Service Award…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

 Third generation Fleming farmer committed to career in agriculture

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Whittington wins CYF state award

Derek Whittington received the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Service Award sponsored by Northern Feed and Bean. (Courtesy Photo)

STERLING, CO–Derek Whittington, a member of the Northeastern Junior College Colorado Young Farmer Chapter was recently named winner of the 2014 Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Service Award. He received the honor  from the recent Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association.

Whittington, 19, was selected for the award, which recognizes a member who is actively employed in agriculture but does not have ownership in an ag-production or agri-business organization. Those Colorado Young Farmer members who have shown leadership, not only in the organization, but in civic, church and community service activities are ideal candidates.

Whittington, who is employed on his parents’ operation at Fleming, CO is a third generation farmer. He is currently enrolled at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling where he is pursuing a degree in production agriculture. He plans to return to the home place and become the third generation to earn a living through the extensive operation.

The Whittington family farm is operated by Derek’s grandfather Darrell, his father Dale and his uncle Drew. This youngest Whittington’s responsibilities have continued to increase with age, experience, knowledge and skills.  From mowing lawns as a kid for parents,  grandparents and neighbors, he obtained a comfort level with machinery and acquired a health respect for reliability. This has now turned into his ability to oversee the servicing of tractors and combines during the farming season and do preventative maintenance the rest of the time. He operates a combine full time during harvest and helps oversee the farming of summer fallow, planting wheat, corn and sunflowers and applying herbicide.

With a vast background in FFA. He was a member all four years of high school, serving as a chapter office for three of those years, and was chapter president his senior year. At Northeastern, he is a member of the Aggies Club and has been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Read the rest of this entry »

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04-24-14 Colorado Young Farmers hold successful Institute in Feb…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

The recently elected 2014-2015 Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association Officers include: (l to r) Cody Millar, Reporter, Fort Morgan Chapter, Fort Morgan; Savannah Martinez, Executive Committee member, Colorado State University Chapter, Fort Lupton; Brandon Johnston, Treasurer, Front Range Chapter, Fort Lupton; Ben Christensen, President, San Luis Valley Chapter, Blanca; Naomi Berg, Secretary, Front Range Chapter, Fort Lupton; Allan Carlson, Immediate Past President, St. Vrain Chapter, Longmont; and Tyrell Williams, Vice President, Southwest Chapter, Ignacio.

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FORT MORGAN, CO—The 45th  Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association Institute was held here February 7-8, bringing together a group of producers from across the state and others from the  agriculture industry. The Fort Morgan Young Farmer Chapter hosted this year’s institute, headquartered at the newly built Hampton Inn.

The two day event included a business session for chapter delegates, a trade show, a Spokesperson for Agriculture Contest and some tours of area facilities. Members and their guests had an opportunity to tour the Great Western Sugar Beet Factory, the Cargill Meat Solutions beef packing plant, Quail Ridge Dairy and Crop Production Services.

An awards banquet was held at the conclusion of the 2014 gathering and the election of officers for 2014-2015 occurred. State officers, to serve until February 2015, are: President–Ben Christensen, San Luis Valley Chapter, Blanca; Vice President–Tyrell Williams, Southwest Chapter, Ignacio; Secretary- Naomi Berg, Front Range Chapter, Fort Lupton; Treasurer– Brandon Johnston, Front Range Chapter, Fort Lupton; Reporter–Cody Millar, Fort Morgan Chapter, Fort Morgan; Executive Committee Member–Savannah Martinez, Colorado State University Chapter, Fort Collins; Immediate Past President–Allan Carlson, St. Vrain Chapter, Longmont.

State advisor for the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is Jack Annan. The state office is located on the campus of Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

PHOTO ON RIGHT: The recently elected 2014-2015 Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association Officers include: (l to r) Cody Millar, Reporter, Fort Morgan Chapter, Fort Morgan; Savannah Martinez, Executive Committee member, Colorado State University Chapter, Fort Lupton; Brandon Johnston, Treasurer, Front Range Chapter, Fort Lupton; Ben Christensen, President, San Luis Valley Chapter, Blanca; Naomi Berg, Secretary, Front Range Chapter, Fort Lupton; Allan Carlson, Immediate Past President, St. Vrain Chapter, Longmont; and Tyrell Williams, Vice President, Southwest Chapter, Ignacio.

 

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thu, April 24th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 24, 2014

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“Report Shows Strength of RFS”

The Fuels America coalition has released an economic impact study by John Dunham & Associates that shows just how renewable fuels benefit the U.S. economy. Currently – renewable fuels represent nearly 10-percent of the U.S. fuel supply. They also have helped reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil – actually to the lowest level in years. The study shows renewable fuels drive more than 184-billion dollars of economic output – support more than 850,000-jobs and more than 46-billion dollars in wages – along with generating 14.5-billion dollars in tax revenue every year. The report states the Renewable Fuel Standard drives billions of dollars of economic activity across America – and this is the result of years of investment by the biofuel sector to bring clean, low carbon renewable fuels to market. The oil industry is urging the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress to repeal the RFS – but Fuels America is standing strong with renewable fuels supporters in urging EPA to protect the RFS – and the development of clean, domestic fuels. View the full report at Fuels America dot org (www.fuelsamerica.org).

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“Pork Checkoff Launches Top #ChopGriller Contest”

As of this week – pork fans can visit Pork Be Inspired dot com – choose their favorite pork chop and submit a 140-character entry describing what makes their pork chop the Top Chop. Two finalists from each pork chop category will be selected and Americans will weigh-in on who they think should be named America’s Top #ChopGriller between June 2nd and June 13th. The finalist with the most votes will win 15,000-dollars toward a backyard makeover, a Large Big Green Egg Grill Package and a summer of free pork. Ray Dr. BBQ Lampe will help narrow the field of entries. Lampe says pork chops are the perfect complement to the grill. Pork Checkoff Domestic Marketing Committee Chair David Newman says contests like this are a great way to connect with consumers and increase awareness and consumer demand for pork while underscoring its versatility. So – visit Pork Be Inspired dot com (www.porkbeinspired.com) to learn more about becoming America’s Top #ChopGriller. Read the rest of this entry »

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04-23-14 Progressive 15: Make Plans to Attend the Rural-Urban Connection Summit in Ft Morgan May 22nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 23, 2014

Progressive 15 Rural Urban Summit May 22

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04-23-14 CO State Historical Fund hosting Community Roundtable in Wiggins on June 10th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 23, 2014

CSHF - Community Roundtable June 10 Eiggins Poster

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