Learn more about the New STEM Study with Bayer’s Casey Allen…
(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 28, 2018 – Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Tomorrow’s Global Challenges? That was the main premise of a recent study conducted by Bayer, in collaboration with the National 4-H Council, suggesting “we have work to do”. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the study in more detail is Casey Allen, Corporate Communications, Crop Science, a division of Bayer…
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National Ag Day – New Bayer Study Reveals Concerns About the Industry’s Future
Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Tomorrow’s Global Challenges? New Study Suggests We Have Work to Do.
Statistics Show 80 Percent of High School Science Teachers Believe Agri-Science Is Important, but Only 22 Percent Teach It
Bayer and National 4-H Council “Science Matters” Initiative Seeks to Boost Education and Interest in Agri-Science
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (March 13, 2018) – As the agriculture and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) communities celebrate National Ag Day, a new study released today found that more than 80 percent of high school science teachers surveyed think agricultural science is important, but only 22 percent say it makes up at least some of their lesson plans.
Sponsored by Bayer in collaboration with National 4-H Council, the survey found that fewer than half of the teachers surveyed felt qualified to teach agri-science. Some 48 percent believe there is less emphasis placed on learning this particular STEM industry today as compared to 15 years ago.
“Food security, reliable access to safe and affordable food, is one of the most significant challenges of our time with most experts predicting that by 2050, population demands from nearly 10 billion people will require a 60 percent increase in global food production,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of National 4-H Council. “Science matters now more than ever. We need to create educational opportunities that inspire a new generation of leaders willing to tackle this challenge.”
Bayer and National 4-H Council also conducted a survey of more than 1,000 parents of high school students. The survey found that 86 percent of parents agree it’s important for the country’s future success to encourage pursuit of careers in the agricultural industries, and 68 percent said the industry provides exciting career opportunities. However, nearly 70 percent of respondents do not believe their children will pursue a career in agri-science, even though data from the United States Department of Agriculture shows tens of thousands of jobs each year in agriculture go unfilled by qualified candidates. Continue reading →
By Amy Kelley, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Cheyenne County
Southeast Area – 4-H members are asked to complete a lot of tasks throughout the year, including thanking people. Members receive awards from fair, sell livestock projects at the fair sale, and receive awards recognition at the achievement banquet. These are all just some instances when saying thank you is so important, but can easily be overlooked. Continue reading →
The first week in February, I was fortunate to attend the Western 4-H
Institute. While there, I participated in an activity that really got me
thinking. Our presenters laid out paper masks and asked us to write
down all of the projects that we participated in during our own 4-H
careers or program areas that we are putting together as agents. I
quickly wrote down the spattering of projects I participated in as a kid
without thinking twice. After we shared with those around us, we were
then handed a clear piece of film that was shaped just like the mask. We
were instructed to write life skills that we gained through 4-H. After
completing this, our instructors had each participant hold up the paper
mask in front of the transparent piece. They explained to us that most of
the time people are only looking at the projects at face value. “Winning
the grand champion steer at the county fair is the most important part of
the project”, one instructor exclaimed as if they were a very excited
twelve year- old. We were then asked to swap the paper and
transparency. At this point it became apparent that the life skills can be
forgotten in the scheme of a 4-H career. Continue reading →
Prowers County youth selected as one of six in the state to represent Colorado at National 4-H conference
In December of 2017, Angelina Downing interviewed with the state 4-H
office to represent Colorado at the national 4-H Conference in April of
Downing says “I was a little bit nervous because I interviewed last year and was just out of the running by one person.” As the holidays went by and the new year moved in, Downing waited patiently for the call. At the beginning of January that call was received. Out of several candidates around the state she was selected. Her mother Alicia Downing states, “I have never been so proud of my daughter. She has blossomed because of 4-H”.
GREELEY, CO – December 4, 2017 – The Colorado Farm Show will award nine graduating high school seniors a total of $21,000 to help with their higher education goals and expenses. Six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $4,000 renewable Colorado Farm Show Scholarships, and one $1,500 Carl Luther Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at a banquet in their honor on Wednesday January 24th, 2018 at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley CO. This brings the total awarded scholarship dollars awarded by the Colorado Farm Show to $207,500.
The Colorado Farm Show Board would like to wish all recipients a Good Luck in their future educational paths.
WELD COUNTY 4-H FOUNDATION HAS SPENT OVER $1 MILLION FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS
WELD COUNTY, CO — In Weld County, agriculture is a way of life for many residents, and Weld County 4-H programs actively support agricultural educational opportunities for Weld County kids through financial assistance of the 4-H Foundation. This year, the foundation reached a major milestone by passing the
$1 million mark in funds spent on 4-H programming since 1980.
“This milestone is impressive,” said Weld County Commissioner Chair Julie Cozad. “Investing that kind of money for Weld County kids is amazing and a testament to the hard work the 4-H Foundation puts in to the program year after year!” Continue reading →
October 16, 2017 – The Colorado Pork Producers Association announce their annual meeting and invite anyone who raises hogs in Colorado and their guests, to attend. The event will be held November 20, at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Fort Morgan, Colorado at 9:00 am to noon. Lunch will be served. We especially encourage any youth and leaders who are in hog producing projects to plan on attending. Continue reading →
The Colorado Pork Producers Council seeks candidates to run for four vacant positions on the CPPC Board of directors. The election will be held November 20, 2017 at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, at the CPPC annual meeting. The following is the criteria for membership and to run for a board position: Continue reading →
National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest Celebrating 81st Year
By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Cheyenne County
Cheyenne Wells – The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is entering its 81st year in 2018. This long running program is an important part of that National Western. It not only gives youth the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, but also to compete at the National Western. Continue reading →
CSU Extension Offers Energy Kits for Schools, Homes, and Others
GREELEY, COLORADO. Teaching energy in schools is required by state standards, but
teachers don’t always have access to materials to make lessons hands-on and engaging.
Residents can benefit from identifying energy inefficiencies in the home and taking action to save energy and money. Youth and adults alike often don’t understand how energy works. To address these issues, Colorado State University Extension offices have now been equipped with One-Stop-Shop energy kits for use by a variety of community members. Continue reading →
CLICK HERE to watch all the archives from the 2017 CSF Jr Mkt Livestock Shows, Showmanships, Championship Drives & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale
54th Annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4-H & FFA Youth
Over $10 Million Raised for Ag Youth in 36 Years
PUEBLO, Colo. – The 54thColorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2017 sale accumulated approximately $502,525 from generous buyers supporting the state’s agricultural youth.
“For over 50 years, the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale has been the preeminent event for Colorado’s 4-H and FFA youth and this sale is a reflection of their hard work,” said State Fair General Manager, Sarah Cummings. “We would like to thank and recognize the generous bidders who make this experience possible for Colorado’s agricultural youth. Without their patronage the sale could not be as successful as it has become.”
Pursuant to our by-laws provisions, you are hereby notified that the 109th annual convention of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, Rocky Mountain Division, will be held November 17 and 18, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, for the purpose of electing one office, Vice President, and two members to the Board of Directors from districts V and VI, and to transact the annual business of the organization. Continue reading →
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Day at the Colorado Rockies is set for 6:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The Rockies will be facing off the L.A. Dodgers. We have great seats lined up and will be in the perfect spot to watch fireworks after the game. Tickets are $20, of which $2 goes back to the RMFU Foundation. Good deal all the way around. To reserve your ticket today, contact Barb Marty at ABMARTY@msn.com
RMFU member A. J. Carrillo is hosting an exciting two day Restoration Agriculture workshop led by Mark Shepard this October 7-8 at Deer Tree Farm & Agroforest, with a welcome BBQ and tour of Cedar Springs Farm on Friday, Oct. 6, all right here in Hotchkiss, CO. RMFU members will receive a discount on the registration fee.
Whether you are interested in growing tree crops, annual produce, pasture, livestock, specialty crops or even gourmet mushrooms, Mark Shepard will be sharing cutting edge techniques and methods that will benefit your farm as well as your bottom line. Come learn from this world-renowned expert about watershed management, perennial polycultures, agroforestry, nursery production and farm business management.
Also, you will get hands-on experience designing a water management system by learning how to use a laser level to mark the master or “key” line from which to install a vital agroforestry system.