Celebrate National 4-H Week October 4-10…



Celebrate National 4-H Week Oct 4-10!

Celebrate the impact 4-H youth are making in their lives and their communities during National 4-H Week, and this year’s theme is “4-H Grows Here”. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth organization; we empower more than six million young people across the U.S. National 4-H Week is October 4 – 10, 2015. 

Learn more about National 4-H Week & the National 4-H – CLICK HERE



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The Colorado 4-H Dairy Judging Team was among 13 state 4-H teams competing for top honors at the All-American Invitational Youth Dairy Judging Contest held September 14th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In all, 52 4-H members competed in this event. Members on the Colorado team were: Jacob Hirsch IV, Eaton; Brianna McBride, Severance; Wade Hofmeister, Fort Morgan; and Bryanna Andersen, Mead. The team was coached by Keith Maxey, Weld County Extension Agent, Greeley, and Debbie Carpio, Kersey. Continue reading

09-17-15 Inside the CDA w/Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CSF Recap and More…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) September 17th, 2015 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics…

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



09-14-15 Learn more about the America’s Farmers Grows Communities Program from Monsanto’s Angela Allen…


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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 14th, 2015 – What could your community do with $2,500? 

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is launching its fifth annual campaign to support rural communities, and local 4-H clubs and FFA programs are two of the largest beneficiaries of the program. Since its inception in 2010, Grow Communities has invested more than $16 million, supporting over 6,000 nonprofit organizations.

Inside the BARN to discuss this in more detail is Angela Allen, Monsanto customer advocacy manager

Topics covered within the interview include:

– America’s Farmers Grow Communities Background
– Monsanto Fund History
– AFGC Impacts to the US & to Colorado
– The America Farmers Grow Communities nomination deadline is November 30th

To listen to the interview with Angie Allen, Monsanto’s Customer Advocacy Outreach Manager, click the audio mp3 link below…


To learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund – CLICK HERE 

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. These programs, supported by the Monsanto Fund, have awarded over $19 million to rural communities since 2010. Connect with America’s Farmers on Facebook or @AmericasFarmers on Twitter. Join the #GrowCommunities conversation today. Don’t forget, the America Farmers Grow Communities nomination deadline is November 30!

09-09-15 US Ag Centers’ YouTube channel ready for National Farm Safety Week, Sept. 20-26…

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The 10 U.S. Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are uniquely positioned to promote safety solutions during National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 20-26), and year round.

The centers have pooled their expertise on a YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/USagCenters, featuring 80 videos. The videos can be used by Extension agents, agricultural science teachers, producers, first responders, families and others interested in agricultural safety best-practices. Continue reading

09-01-15 Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth…

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2015 sale accumulated approximately $531,300.00 from the state’s most dedicated bidders. Last year’s sale totaled $481,200. This year has set the record sale for Grand Champion Market beef at $60,000. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.

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08-27-15 2016 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus registrations are now open!

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2016 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus registrations are now open!

With summer 2015 officially a wrap we are pleased to announce the opening of registration for 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus 2016!  We are expecting strong attendance in 2016 and the early weeks are already filling up – it’s never too early to secure your delegation’s space!

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

CWF is a program for 4-H’ers entering grades 10-12 that takes place at the National 4-H Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border.

  • Week 1: June 5-11– SOLD OUT
  • Week 2: June 12-18
  • Week 3: June 19-25
  • Week 4: June 26- July 2
  • Week 5: July 3- 9
  • Week 6: July 10-16
  • Week 7: July 17-23

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08-19-15 Monsanto: America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Awarding $10K Grants to Lone Star & Walsh Schools…


Two Colorado school districts, Lone Star & Walsh, will receive $10,000 Grants…

BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO (August 19th, 2015) – Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education continues to be a priority for U.S. school districts. Investing now is vitally important, as the fastest-growing occupations require STEM proficiency.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN by telephone is Heather Wolfe, Customer Advocacy Manager with Monsanto’s America’s Grow Rural Education Program


Starting January 1, 2016, farmers can nominate a public school district in their community to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant.

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.

08-18-15 CSF News: The King is Calling for Bakers…

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The King is Calling for Bakers
PUEBLO, Colo. – King Arthur Flour invites you to compete in their “Yeast Roll Baking Contest” at the Colorado State Fair. The entry fee is only $5 with the top adult winning $75 and the top youth (14 and under) winning $50.
Bake your rolls from scratch using any type of King Arthur Flour. Any type or shape of yeast roll is welcome and each participant must present at least six rolls in any container of your choice. Creativity is strongly encouraged. This competition is for home bakers. No professional bakers allowed.
The contest will be held on September 3, 2015; registration is now open with an entry deadline of September 1, 2015. For contest details, official rules, and a list of other special contests, contact the Colorado State Fair general entry office at 719-404-2080 or visit http://www.coloradostatefair.com/p/events/competitive-events/231. Continue reading

08-14-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Wheat Trial Results Available…

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(Burlington, Colo.) Colorado State University (CSU) Extension wheat trial results are now available.  The CSU Wheat Testing Team has established on-farm dryland wheat testing sites at 24 locations throughout Eastern Colorado, stretching from Weld County to Baca County.  Six wheat varieties were selected for testing during the 2014-15 season which included:  Denali, Byrd, Sunshine (white), Snowmass (white), Brawl Cl Plus (Clearfield), and Grainfield (Westbred).  These on-farm tests included growing conditions at all levels and involved a host of volunteers for planting, managing and harvesting.  Wheat trials were planted and harvested with producer’s equipment with some treatments measuring 30 feet wide by 2400 feet long.Wheat Trial Results Continue reading

08-14-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Prowers County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Fund Drive Success…

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Prowers County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Fund Drive Success

By Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—The Prowers County 4-H Foundation kicked off the inaugural college scholarship fund drive this year and is pleased to announce the winners are Alicia Downing, Cody Duvall, Tracy Massar, and Gail Harvey. These individuals bought a chance in an effort to help build the Prowers County 4-H Foundation scholarship fund. Foundation has been awarding graduating seniors scholarships for over ten years and is hoping to increase funding opportunities to include low interest loan options. Continue reading

08-04-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Preserving the Abundance in the Garden…

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Food preservation has permeated every culture. To survive ancient man had to harness nature. In frozen climates he froze seal meat on the ice. In tropical climates he dried foods in the sun. Today we continue to practice a variety of preservation techniques, these include canning, pickling, freezing and drying. Continue reading

07-28-15 The 2015 Plain Pedaler Correspondent Contest…

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Pedal The Plains is looking for three or four enthusiastic riders who share the Tour’s excitement for bike culture in Colorado’s Eastern Plains to join forces and become “Plain Pedalers”. Plain Pedalers will help capture the spirit of Pedal The Plains and tell the story of this fall’s ride and the culture of cycling.

What does it mean to be a Plain Pedaler?

Plain Pedalers will get one free entry into Pedal The Plains 2015. They will have the opportunity to tell their story by sharing photos of training, riding and exploring the state during the event, as well as during the weeks leading up to the ride. All of their content will be featured on the Pedal The Plains website and shared by Pedal The Plains social media. They’ll also help spread the word about PTP and encourage folks to register throughout the summer.

Who is the ideal Plain Pedaler?

The ideal Plain Pedaler is someone with an interesting perspective and a knack for storytelling or photo taking. They are willing to write a blog post every couple of weeks in the months leading up to the ride, and to post stories or photos every day during the event itself. They are savvy on social media, and willing to participate in conversations and sharing their work online. They are outgoing and interested in being an ambassador for Pedal The Plains.

New for the 2015 Plain Pedaler Program

This year Plain Pedalers will help spread the word of Pedal The Plains by taking on the roll of being ambassadors for the Tour. This roll includes attending local events, talking about Pedal The Plains and passing out informational materials. These events do not need to be cycling related. They can be anything from neighborhood farmers market to the weekly run clubs. Along with providing Plain Pedalers a list of event examples, PTP organizers will also send informational materials with a personalized registration code for participants to use when signing up for the Tour. After registration has closed, the Plain Pedaler who has encouraged the most cyclists to sign up for the Tour will receive a free entry into the 2016 Pedal The Plains.

Entries are due July 31st!

How it works:
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07-27-15 CSF News: Colorado State Fair Contests Honor Man’s Best Friend…

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair’s General Entry Department provides an opportunity for all Coloradans to participate in the Fair through 1,500 different contests. This year, two new contests feature man’s best friend in the “Hot Diggity! Dog Days”competitions.
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07-23-15 CSF News: Beef Showdown Brings Families Together…

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The second annual “Beef Showdown” at the Colorado State Fair creates family-friendly competition as father/daughter or mother/son teams vie for blue ribbon glory.  Each team will receive a mystery basket made up of six locally grown products. It will be their challenge to use all of the products to create a wonderful culinary masterpiece consisting of an entrée, side dish, and a dessert.
The Showdown, sponsored by the Colorado CattleWomen, is free to enter with a total of $750 in cash prizes. Two teams will compete at the same time and must finish in the time allowed for reviewing their basket and creating their plan, cooking, plating, and naming their recipes.
The contest consists of two heats on August 30, 2015; registration is now open with an entry deadline of August 7, 2015.
The Colorado CattleWomen will choose four sets of father/daughter or mother/son teams from the entries submitted.
For contest details, official rules, and a list of other special contests, contact the Colorado State Fair general entry office at 719-404-2080 or visithttp://www.coloradostatefair.com/p/events/competitive-events/231. Continue reading