04-29-16 Inside Weld County Extension with Director Keith Maxey…

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Weld County Director CSU Ext Keith Maxey

Keith Maxey, Director/Livestock Agent, Colorado State University Extension, Weld County

(Barn Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 29, 2016 –  Joining the BARN & the Colorado Ag News Network is Keith Maxey, Director/Livestock Agent, Colorado State University Extension, Weld County, discussing several topics including:

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

04-28-16 CSU’s Associate Dean of Extension and Deputy Director of the Ag Experiment Station in College of Ag Search Continues…

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Colorado State University is excited to bring four finalists to your area for its open leadership position — Associate Dean of Extension/ Deputy Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in the College of Agricultural Sciences.  This position is responsible for implementing the strategy of the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU as it relates to agricultural Extension and research. The successful candidate will oversee a budget of more than $15 million used at seven research centers across Colorado. We welcome your input in fulfilling this important leadership position!

Opportunities to meet the candidates can be found on the itineraries at:  http://home.agsci.colostate.edu/deputy-directorassoc-dean-for-extension/

This page also contains candidate background materials, videos of seminars and a feedback survey. A number of opportunities exist in Fort Collins, Greeley, Boulder, and at the Western Colorado Research Center.

In Weld and Boulder Counties, candidates will be available for meetings that include: Continue reading

03-16-16 NCGA Disappointed with Senate Vote on Roberts Compromise Food Labeling Legislation…

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NCGA Disappointed with Senate Vote on Roberts Compromise Food Labeling Legislation

 ST. LOUIS (March 16, 2016) — National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement today in response to the Senate’s failure to pass Chairman Pat Roberts’ uniform, national food labeling standard:

 “U.S. corn farmers are disappointed that, despite the clear demonstration of support from nearly 800 groups, the Senate failed to move this reasonable legislation forward. This legislation would have provided consumers with a greater amount of information in a consistent, clear manner. Farmers are committed to creating greater transparency in the food system, but we also need Congress to set clear, commonsense guidelines that are based in science and keep food affordable for American families. Continue reading

03-14-16 NCGA: Soil Health Partnership Expands to 65 Farm Test Sites for 2016…

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Twenty-five more farms have joined a groundbreaking research effort that could change the way farmers take care of their land. The Soil Health Partnership announced the addition of the new test sites at the 2016 Commodity Classic, March 3 – 5 in New Orleans.

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03-14-16 Deadline to nominate YOUR school district for Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is April 1st…

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Farmers can nominate their school districts to receive grants of up to $25,000

Between now and April 1, 2016, farmers can nominate a public school district in their community to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant.

Listen to the interview with Monsanto Customer Advocacy Manager Heather Wolfe…

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For more information about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program and to view the official rules, a list of eligible states, counties and CRDs, visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

03-01-16 NCGA: Corn Growers Applaud Senate Ag Committee Action on GMO Labeling…

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Corn Growers Applaud Senate Ag Committee Action on GMO Labeling

ST. LOUIS (March 1, 2016) – The National Corn Growers Association today thanked members of the Senate Agriculture Committee who voted to stand with farmers and move forward Sen. Pat Roberts’s bill to address the growing threat of a patchwork of state labeling laws and called for the full Senate to urgently take up this important legislation.

“We find the forward momentum building behind this bill encouraging, and we urge the Senate to quickly pass this bill for the good of America’s farmers and consumers,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland.  “U.S. farmers rely on GMOs, a safe, proven technology, to protect our crops from insects, weeds and drought. The FDA should remain the party responsible for important food safety and labeling decisions based in science. Despite the scientific evidence, states such as Vermont are quickly moving toward costly, confusing mandatory labeling legislation pushed forth by agenda-driven activists. We ask the Senate to quickly move forward with this legislation to avoid a situation in which all American consumers pay a high price and gain little actual information.” Continue reading

02-29-16 NCGA: Corn Growers Disappointed in Supreme Court Declining to Review Chesapeake Decision

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ST. LOUIS (Feb. 29, 2016) – The National Corn Growers Association today expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a lower court ruling allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to micromanage local land use and development decisions under the guise of the Clean Water Act.

While this action relates to the EPA’s so-called “blueprint” for restoring the Chesapeake Bay, it has national implications related to the power and reach of the federal government. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, is an unlawful overreach of federal regulatory power, NCGA notes. Continue reading

02-22-16 NCGA: Grain Bin Safety in the Spotlight…

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NCGA: Grain Bin Safety in the Spotlight…

February 22, 2016 – With Grain Bin Safety Week taking place this week, and many bins still full from the fall, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers of the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures – and is pleased to offer a video highlighting the importance of proper safety procedures.

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02-22-16 Safety training for youth working in agriculture: tractor and farm machinery certification offered…

Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture - HOSTA LogoEach state is responsible for providing the approved safety training that allows minors under age 16 to be legally employed to operate a tractor or other specified farm machinery, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). Now is the time to prepare youth for agricultural jobs that will begin this spring and summer.

The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP), housed at Penn State University, trains and certifies instructors in 30 states to provide this required tractor and farm machinery safety training to youth.

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02-22-16 CSU Ext News: Southeast Area 4-H Members Attend Youth Fest…

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Southeast Area 4-H Judges’ Training

By Amy Kelley, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Cheyenne County

Southeast Area— Twenty four 4-H members and three 4-H Agents attended the 2016 Youth Fest 4-H Camp held February 5th through 7th at the Ponderosa Retreat Center near Larkspur, Colorado. The counties of Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Kiowa & Otero were represented. Continue reading

02-22-16 CSU Ext News: Southeast Area 4-H Judges’…

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Southeast Area 4-H Judges’ Training

By Amy Kelley, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Cheyenne County

Southeast Area—Colorado State University Extension in the Southeast Area is excited to announce a 4-H Judges’ Training. The training is scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prowers County Annex in Lamar. It is open to any adult interested in learning more about how 4-H project judging works and for those interested in being judges. Continue reading

02-11-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Corn Communications Director Eric Brown…

Colorado Corn LogoEric Brown - CO Corn Communications Director(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 11, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Corn’s Communications Director Eric Brown, discussing several topics that important to producers including:

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

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The Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee work on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, communications, research and technical assistance. See more about the work of both organizations and to see the TRUTHS about Ethanol, please visit www.coloradocorn.com.

02-10-16 CO Corn awards $3,500 in grants to local 4H programs…

Colorado Corn LogoA pair of 4-H programs in the state recently received a boost to their respective endeavors, thanks to grant dollars from the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.

The two winners in this year’s Colorado Corn 4-H Grant Program were:

  • Colorado State University’s Denver Extension Embryology Program ($2,000). This effort allows about 500 youth to take responsibility for fertilized eggs and hatched chicks, which are later donated to local farmers upon project completion. The program helps students generate and sustain an interest in agricultural sciences, and acquaint youth with agriculture-related topics and careers.
  • The Western Peaks and Plains AgFest Program ($1,500). This event takes fifth- and sixth-grade students from seven counties, nearly 900 total students, to the Colorado State Fairgrounds, where they take part in eight agriculture-focused stations. The stations cover embryology, global positioning systems, water, butter making, entomology, fiber, renewable energy and forestry.

Adding to its support of other youth-focused efforts, Colorado Corn began teaming up on this grant program with Colorado 4-H Foundation Executive Director Gary Small in 2013.   Continue reading

01-25-16 Simmental leaders honored at NWSS…

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DENVER, CO – Colorado Simmental Association recognized three families during the National Western Stock Show breed shows, sales and events Jan. 16-21.

Curtis & Susan Russell of Sugar City received Colorado Simmental’s Honorary Lifetime Award. Lindsay and Shelby Temple, holding the numbered print, are joined by CSA Pres. Robert Campbell during the surprise Jan. 18 presentation in Denver.

Curtis & Susan Russell of Sugar City received Colorado Simmental’s Honorary Lifetime Award. Lindsay and Shelby Temple, holding the numbered print, are joined by CSA Pres. Robert Campbell during the surprise Jan. 18 presentation in Denver.

Curtis & Susan Russell were surprised Jan. 18 with a numbered print of CJ Brown’s “Sires of the Simmental Breed” painting in recognition of being named a Colorado Simmental Honorary Lifetime Member. The Sugar City couple are the eighth recipient of this honor by the association, which was founded in 1970. The Russell’s were also honored by the Colorado Cattleman’s Association on Jan. 19 as the Seedstock Producer of the Year during National Western activities. Continue reading

Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $412,000

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Denver, Colo. –The 2016 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a Stock Show record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $412,000.  The standing room only crowd hollered as the Grand Champion Steer sold for $117,000, the second highest bid in Stock Show history.  The small animals were no small feat either. The auction started with a bang when the Grand Champion Lamb sold for $50,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $10,000.   The Grand Champion Goat sold for a record-breaking $40,000, more than doubling last year’s bid of $16,000.

The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations.  In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust, which funds scholarships in agriculture and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  This year 80 students received funds to aid their education.

The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9News at 6:30pm.  The results of the eight champions are listed below: Continue reading

01-09-16 The NWSS is considered the Super Bowl of Livestock Shows as one of the World’s Largest Cattle Shows!

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NWSS is considered the Super Bowl of Livestock Shows as one of the World’s Largest Cattle Shows!

The National Western Stock Show hosts nearly 20 breeds of cattle during its 16-day run.

Visitors are able to view traditional competition among exhibitors of breeding animals ultimately used for seedstock in agricultural production (beef cattle, sheep and goats). National Western also offers competition among exhibitors of animals used primarily for recreation or companionship (llamas, alpacas, poultry and dogs). Viewing these events is all part of the Stock Show experience and can be done with a grounds admission ticket.

Youth involvement is one of the highlights of the livestock shows. Young exhibitors from across the nation participate in our competitive arenas for prize monies, national recognition for their achievements and a chance at college scholarships.

Can’t make it down in person, then WATCH the LIVE & ARCHIVED WEBCASTS of the 110th NWSS Online – CLICK HERE to learn more

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01-19-16 The 110th National Western Stock Show Celebrates Strong Attendance with Six Days Remaining…

2016 NWSS logoDenver, CO.   –  The National Western Stock Show announced 421,872 guests have visited the 110 year-old Colorado tradition since the doors opened over a week ago on January 9th.  To date, that is an increase of 2,215 guests over last year.  “We are excited about the number of fans that have come out to enjoy this historic event so far,” said Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show President & CEO.  “We realize folks have many ways to spend their free time, and we appreciate that they choose to enjoy that time with us.” Continue reading

01-14-16 From our Lands to Your Hands in Longmont on Feb 24th…

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The countdown to the From Our Lands to Your Hands Event has started!

Please help us spread the word about this great event and that we will be opening the doors to the public on Wednesday February 24th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building in Longmont, Colorado.

Admission is free, parking is free, and there will be food available.  A great way to break up the week and to meet farmers, ranchers, and learn about agriculture in Boulder County! Continue reading