10-03-19 Cheyenne County, Colorado 4-H Proclamation

Cheyenne County, Colorado 4-H Proclamation…

National 4-H Week To Be Celebrated October 6-12 

(Cheyenne Wells, Colo.) Cheyenne County 4-H members met with the Cheyenne Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, September 26 to request a proclamation declaring October 6-12 as National 4-H week. Addison Engelbrecht, Tennyson Jackson, Shaylee Scheler, Ty Scheler, and Allison Gekeler ventured into the meeting room to introduce themselves, share 4-H projects taken, and showcase what they are learned in the program.

“I have learned patience and commitment,” Shaylee Scheler said with a confident smile. Other members said they had learned new skills in baking, animal nutrition, time management, and leadership.

The members presented the proclamation and it passed unanimously.

From left to right front row: Allison Gekeler, Addison Engelbrecht, Shaylee Scheler, Ty Scheler, Tennyson Jackson
Back row: Pat Ward, Darin Dickey, Ron Smith

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10-02-19 Tractor Supply Company Aims to #DonateAMillion to 4-H Youth Nationwide with Fall Paper Clover Campaign

Tractor Supply Company Aims to #DonateAMillion to 4-H Youth Nationwide with Fall Paper Clover Campaign

Paper Clover contributions support 4-H youth through developmental programs

Oct. 2, 2019 – Tractor Supply Company continues its mission to support youth in their local communities by launching its Fall Paper Clover campaign, a biannual fundraiser in partnership with National 4-H Council to provide scholarships for 4-H members.

The Paper Clover fundraiser provides thousands of dollars each year to offer opportunities for youth to attend conferences, 4-H camps and other developmental programs across the nation. This fall, Tractor Supply is asking for customers to help them reach the $1 million goal by raising awareness of the campaign via social media shares of their paper clover donations with #DonateAMillion. Continue reading

09-17-19 Eighty Three Years of the NWSS Catch-a-Calf Contest

Eighty Three Years of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Morgan County

Fort Morgan, CO – 2020 will mark the 83rd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest. This long running program is an important part of the National Western. It not only gives youth the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, but also to compete at the National Western. Continue reading

09-10-19 Cheyenne County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 6-12

Cheyenne County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 6-12

Cheyenne Wells, Colo. (September 9, 2019) — The anticipation is building for National 4-H Week, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating everything 4-H. Cheyenne County 4-H will observe National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do, which highlights how
4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county and parish in the country ̶ from urban neighbourhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities ̶ are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career. 

“This year we will be taking 4-H members to the commissioners and asking them to declare October 6-12 as National 4-H week. This will be the first 4-H proclamation request in the past few years. I am looking forward to working with the members and commissioners to help connect them. It is important that youth learn how to engage elected officials and understand the policy process,” Colorado State University Extension Agent Lacey Taylor said. Taylor also said 4-H club members were planning to wear clover t-shirts on Wednesday, October 9 to school in an effort to bring more awareness to the 4-H program.

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09-03-19 CDA: The 2019 Colorado State Fair closes with increased attendance and higher revenue

CDA: The 2019 Colorado State Fair closes with increased attendance and higher revenue

Pueblo, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair has wrapped up its 2019 run with increases in both attendance and revenue over last year. The number of visitors to this year’s fair increased by roughly five percent, and general admission revenue increased by 31 percent over 2018. Fiesta Day attendance was the largest it has been in a decade.

A total of 466,380 visitors descended on the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo over 11 days from August 23 through September 2, taking in livestock shows (WEBCAST ARCHIVES), fine arts and food exhibits, concerts, rodeos, fair food, entertainment, carnivals, and more.

“Part of our formula for success at the Colorado State Fair is maintaining a careful balance of history and tradition with offerings that reflect current trends and the interests of our guests,” said General Manager Scott Stoller. “In addition to excellent reception surrounding traditional fair favorites, new attractions such as our World Slopper Eating Championship, Tattoo As Art talk, Mayors Day and presentation by Temple Grandin helped drive our increased numbers this year.”

The livestock department tallied a total of 2,747 entries and 146 animals were sold at the Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale, earning 4-H and FFA youth a total of $506,150. The general entry/fine arts department received 3,555 entries from 936 exhibitors in categories that included fine arts, pantry, quilts, farm and garden, poetry and beer and wine. Nearly 200 commercial vendors and 46 food vendors added to the success of the fair and overall concession sales were up 4 percent from 2018. Continue reading

08-28-19 Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale sets new record at the 147th CO State Fair

Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale sets new record at the 147th CO State Fair


Pueblo, Colo. – A record $66,000 for grand champion market beef was bid during the 2019 Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair. The steer was raised by 14-year-old Shae Stone of Eaton, Colorado and purchased by long-time sale supporter Sam Brown and his family.

More than $500,000 was raised in the auction of 146 animals raised and shown by young people from across Colorado. All youth exhibitors who participated were required to keep a detailed record book of their animal project while learning responsibility, leadership, showmanship, and best animal care practices.

“The Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale has raised millions of dollars for our state’s 4-H and FFA over the past four decades,” said Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller. “This sale is a reflection of their hard work and dedication to their animals, as well as the generosity of the philanthropists who support these amazing kids and make this event possible.”

The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness, as it demonstrates the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.

The grand and reserve grand champions are listed below. A complete list of all winners is posted on the Colorado State Fair website.

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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.

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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