08-20-19 Tractor Supply Hosting Farmers Market at Stores Nationwide on Sept 28th


Local growers, crafters and vendors invited to showcase goods at community event on September 28th 

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (August 20, 2019) – Tractor Supply Company is inviting farmers, craft makers and artisans to join the Farmers Market event at their local TSC store on Saturday, Sept. 28. The event is an opportunity for members of the community to showcase their many talents and display homemade and homegrown goods, whether they are new to the market or have been selling for years.

Every fall, Tractor Supply hosts local vendors and creators at their on-site Farmers Market to celebrate the community spirit. The Farmers Market is open to the public, providing a platform for budding businesses in a fun, family-friendly setting.

“Each Tractor Supply store serves as an important member of the community in which it operates. We are always looking for ways to connect with and support our neighbors, and the Farmers Market is a wonderful opportunity for this,” said Mary Lawley, vice president of store administration at Tractor Supply Company. “We are always amazed by the talent we see at this event and are so pleased to play a part in helping these neighbors thrive.”

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08-20-19 New Study Reveals Majority of Students Have Misconceptions About Careers in Agriculture

New Study Reveals Majority of Students Have Misconceptions About Careers in Agriculture

Bayer and National 4-H Council “Science Matters” Partnership Encourages Interest in Agri-science Education in Classrooms

ST. LOUIS (August 19, 2019) – Education and skills gaps have long been a challenge for the agriculture industry, as the demand for qualified candidates in agricultural science careers has significantly outpaced the pool of applicants with adequate training and education. Bayer, in collaboration with National 4-H Council, today released the results of the second annual Science Matters survey, which explores the opinions of parents, teachers and – new this year – students on the importance of agri-science in high school curriculum.

The 2019 survey confirmed that low awareness of career options in agriculture is a primary factor leading to the limited pool of skilled applicants. In fact, the survey found that although nearly 80 percent of surveyed high school students believe that agricultural science education is important to future success, only 19 percent reported that they are likely to consider a career in agriculture.

One explanation for this disconnect could be a lack of awareness of the diverse opportunities available within the agriculture industry. Only 36 percent of surveyed students reported being familiar with agriculture career choices beyond working on a farm, despite alternative and thriving occupations such as veterinary science, biotechnology, raising and training animals and forestry.

“The 2019 Science Matters study shows a disconnect between students’ perceived value of agricultural science and their awareness of tangible, fulfilling and diverse career opportunities, which presents an enormous opportunity for the agricultural community,” said Lisa Safarian, President, North America Commercial, at the Crop Science Division of Bayer. “These survey results are a call to action for the industry to come together and invest in our youth, educating them and developing their skills in areas where it has been traditionally challenging to identify and recruit a qualified workforce, and highlight the success and impact they can have in a multitude of diverse careers.” Continue reading

101st Weld County Fair Junior Livestock Sale Sets a New Record

WELD COUNTY, CO – August 20, 2019 – The 101st Weld County Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale raised a total of $1,123,506.85! This accounts for $915,100 from the sale of animals and $208,406.85 from supporter’s individual contributions.

This year’s sale was on July 29, 2019, and is now the top grossing sale in Colorado, surpassing the 2019 National Western Stock Show, which garnered $1,027,750 and the 2018 Colorado State Fair, which brought in just over $500,000.

The grand champion market beef and market swine owned by Jed Sidwell and Cash Burnett, sold for $20,000 each. Lauren Frink’s grand champion market lamb followed, selling for $11,000. This year’s grand champion market goat, owned by Rylee Anderson, brought in $10,500 while Jamie Bond’s grand champion turkey garnered $4,500. Finally, Hazen Weber’s grand champion chickens drew $2,750, and Wyatt Herring’s grand champion rabbit pen hopped in at $2,650.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the event and supported local 4-H and FFA youth.

For more information on the Weld County Fair and Junior Livestock Sale, visit www.weldcountyfair.com. Continue reading

08-09-19 Pedal The Plains: Explore Southeastern Colorado on Two Wheels Sep 13-15: Lamar-Holly-Springfield


Pedal The Plains: Explore Southeastern Colorado on Two Wheels Sep 13-15: Lamar-Holly-Springfield

A Hootin’ Good Time on Two Wheels

Denver, CO (August 09, 2019) — Pedal The Plains is a unique ride that truly sums up what Colorado is all about. It’s about people from all over the state coming together, being outside, exercising and exploring the state’s heritage and history. It is a great opportunity to explore the congenial communities along the roads less traveled. And it is alot of fun!

Join us on September 13-15, 2019 for the 8th Annual Pedal The Plains as we travel through the communities of Lamar, Holly and Springfield, Colorado and cross the border touching your wheels into Kansas too!

Register Today 

10 Reasons to Ride the 2019 Pedal The Plains

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08-07-19 Serve Colorado Announces $5.8 Million for AmeriCorps Programs Statewide

Serve Colorado Announces $5.8 Million for AmeriCorps Programs Statewide

DENVER — The State of Colorado will receive $5.8 million in federal grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to place nearly 800 AmeriCorps members in 11 programs to serve Colorado communities. AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $5.3 million in local funding. Together, the total investment of federal and local funding for Colorado communities will be $11.1 million.

“Since AmeriCorps began in 1994, more than 35,000 Coloradans have served to meet critical needs in communities across our great state. The continued support of the federal agency ensures members can serve in all corners of our state,” said Dianne Primavera, Lieutenant Governor. Continue reading

07-22-19 *UPDATED* AGPROfessionals presents the Peterson Farm Brothers August 7th & 8th in Greeley, CO

AGPROfessionals presents the Peterson Farm Brothers August 7th & 8th in Greeley, CO

AGPROfessionals, along with generous support from the Colorado FFA Foundation, DairyMAX, Colorado Livestock Association, and vNacelle, is pleased to bring the Peterson Farm Brothers to Greeley for two agricultural advocacy events to support the Weld County Food Bank. As friends and supporters in our industry, we would like to invite you to share our event with your constituencies. Attached is the flyer for the event. Continue reading

101st Weld County Fair Results courtesy of Weld County Extension

101st Weld County Fair Results courtesy of Weld County Extension

Division Champ Results – CLICK HERE

Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Results – CLICK HERE

WCF Jr Livestock Sale Order for July 29th- CLICK HERE


Total WCF JLS Sale = $915,100.00  NEW RECORD

48 Sheep Average $2692.78
3 Turkeys Average $3916.66
33 Beef Average $7492.42
2 Rabbits Average $2325.00
99 Swine Average $3589.39
8 Chickens Average $2031.25
54 Goats Average $2788.88
Submitted toThe BARN by:

Carrie Huenink
Treasurer – Weld County Junior Livestock Sale Committee


*The attached WCF Jr Livestock Sale results are for sale purchases only and do not include add-ons

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WELD COUNTY, CO — The 101st Weld County Fair is fast approaching and will provide a week of fun free events, exhibitions, and activities. The fair kicks off on Thursday, July 25, with events through Sunday, July 28. The fair concludes with the Junior Livestock Show on July 29, at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.

“The fair is a time-honored event in Weld County,” Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “It highlights the best of Weld County’s agricultural roots and demonstrates the strong presence agriculture continues to have.”

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07-18-19 Inside the BARN with Colorado State Fair Foundation President Adam Daurio…

Inside the BARN with Colorado State Fair Foundation President Adam Daurio…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO July 18, 2019 – Did you know that the Colorado State Fair Foundation has been busy building programs for youth as well as raise capital for renovation projects throughout the state fairgrounds?

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the organization in more detail is Adam Daurio, President of the Colorado State Fair Foundation

Topics include:

  • History & Purpose
  • Impact
  • Student Ambassabor & Internship Programs
  • Membership & Benefits Information
  • Upcoming 4th Annual Partners of Youth in Ag Golf Tournament
  • & MORE


For registration details for the 4th Partners of Youth in Ag Golf Tourney – CLICK HERE

Learn more about the Colorado State Fair Foundaion – CLICK HERE

To become a supporter of the Colorado State Fair Foundation – CLICK HERE

To signup for the eNewsletter and get email updates – CLICK HERE

The 2019 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show Results, Videos and Pictures Available now…

CLICK HERE to visit the Briggsdale Classic Facebook page

LIVESTREAM VIDEO ARCHIVES from the Showmanship & Championship Drives, courtesy of BARN Media






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05-06-19 Tractor Supply’s Spring Paper Clover Program Raises $917,954 for 4-H Youth Nationwide

Tractor Supply’s Spring Paper Clover Program Raises $917,954 for 4-H Youth Nationwide

Donations collected during two-week campaign will send 4-H youth to camps and other
hands-on programming

May 6, 2019 – Hundreds of 4-H youth from across the country will have the opportunity to participate in valuable hands-on learning experiences as a result of Tractor Supply Company’s Paper Clover spring fundraiser. Tractor Supply customers and team members raised $917,954 in only 12 days during the Paper Clover campaign by making donations in-store and online across the country. A biannual program, Paper Clover is in partnership with the National 4-H Council.

“Tractor Supply customers and team members continue to show support to 4-H youth through the Paper Clover campaign because they recognize the lasting impact that 4-H programs have on youth in their communities,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “The impact of the Paper Clover program is proven by the important opportunities it presents to 4-H youth nationwide. We are proud to work with our customers and team members to make a difference in the lives of these young people.” Continue reading

04-23-19 USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 – Food waste is a problem everyone can tackle, including our nation’s youth. As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is launching Ace the Waste! A student competition for food waste reduction ideas. This first-ever competition calls on students to come up with creative solutions to reduce food loss and waste in the United States.

The problem of food waste affects everyone. More than one third of food in the U.S. is lost or wasted. This amounts to 133 billion pounds, or $161 billion worth of food each year. Food is the single largest type of waste in landfills. Students age 11 to 18 are encouraged to submit proposals on reducing food loss and waste anywhere along the supply chain, from the farm to the dinner table and beyond. Topic ideas for the proposal include: Continue reading

03-21-19 Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee

Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee

Denver, CO – The Senate Education Committee this afternoon voted 3-to-2 to pass SB19-171, Apprenticeships and Vocational Technical Training, a bill sponsored by Senator Jessie Danielson (D-Jefferson County) to increase awareness of apprenticeship and vocational technical training programs in Colorado. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“Every Coloradan deserves a fair shot at success, but no one follows the exact same path,” said Senator Danielson. “Apprenticeship and vocational training programs can give Coloradans a pathway to good-paying jobs and stable careers, but in order to make these valuable programs more accessible to all Coloradans, we need to make sure people know they exist.” Continue reading

02-28-19 CFB: ‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). As part of ASAP, March 3-9 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “Safety: Know Your Limits.”

A different safety focus will be highlighted by Colorado Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers each day of the week: (Listen to the PSA’s below)

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12-31-18 Check out the 2019 Colorado Farm Show Online Brochure!

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 CO Farm Show Brochure online…

Mark your Calendars!

The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show is set for January 29-31, 2019 in Greeley, Colorado

The Colorado Farm Show Board and volunteers hope you are making plans to attend the 2019 Colorado Farm Show. This 55th Annual event is one of the largest – and oldest – farm shows in the nation. The 3-day show will be held January 29, 30 & 31, 2019 at the Island Grove Regional Park, Weld County in Greeley, Colorado.

To see a complete schedule and view the online brochure for the 55th Colorado Farm Show, Jan 29-31, 2019, please visit www.coloradofarmshow.com. 

There is no admission fee to attend, simply a $5 parking fee, which includes complimentary shuttle service from your car to the front door. There is no limit on how many people you can load in your car, truck, semi or tractor for that matter…So, we hope YOU are making plans to attend each and every day!

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01-25-19 The NWSS Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record

Kassidy Bremer, showed her 1,369-pound Reserve Grand Champion Steer – CLICK HERE to watch the NWSS Webcast Archive

The National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record 

DENVER, CO – The standing-room-only crowd at the 2019 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for an all-time record of $150,000. The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $480,000. The Grand Champion Hog sold for $70,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for an impressive $90,000.
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. The Scholarship Trust funds scholarships in agriculture studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education. For more information regarding the Scholarship Trust, please visit nationalwestern.com/educational-support/.
The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9NEWS at 6:30 p.m., and the exciting results are as follows:

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WELD COUNTY, CO — The Colorado 4-H Dairy Judging team has been invited to attend the International Dairy Judging Tour in Scotland and Ireland. The tour takes place from June 19 to July 3, 2019. Continue reading

01-14-19 National Western Stock Show Opens Doors with Record Sunday

National Western Stock Show Opens Doors with Record Sunday

DENVER, CO – *CORRECTED* The National Western Stock Show opened its doors Saturday, January 12th, with record attendance.  The super Saturday recorded 837 more guests than the year before, setting a new opening Saturday record of 53,806 guests.  The previous opening day record was 52,969 guests. The Stock Show grounds were also bustling Sunday, marking a successful opening weekend.

“These are the best sixteen days in January, and we are delighted so many people came out to celebrate Colorado’s Western tradition with us this weekend,” said Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show President and CEO. “Between the exciting pro rodeos, barbecues and fiddle competitions, it was a tremendous way to kick-off the one hundred and thirteen-year-old event.”
The 2019 Stock Show will continue through January 27th, and there is much more to look forward to. From PBR Bull Riding, pro rodeos, MLK Jr. Rodeo to Xtreme Dogs shows, Wild West shows and world-class horse shows, there is so much more to see and do.
Tuesday, January 15th, is Free Grounds Admission Day, compliments of Arrow Electronics. It includes a host of activities with the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows, the National Western Nursery of baby animals, Coors Western Art gallery, Colorado’s largest western trade show, and more. Parking is free in National Western parking lots along with complimentary shuttle services.
Grounds admission and event tickets are on sale now at nationalwestern.com, all King Soopers locations and the National Western box office.

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