11-30-16 Weld County 4-H Showcase in Greeley on December 3rd

Weld County 4-H Showcase in Greeley on Dec 3rd

Weld County 4H Foundation logoWeld County 4-H is proud to present its 4-H Showcase on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the   Exhibition Building, 525 N. 15th Avenue, at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Admission and parking are free.  The 4-H Showcase offers the citizens of Weld County the opportunity to attend and participate in demonstrations and activities by the Weld County 4-H Youth on anything from leathercraft to decorating a cookie.  Many fun demonstrations are planned and the event is great for both the young and the young at heart.  Continue reading

11-21-16 NWSS Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches


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National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Cheyenne County

Cheyenne Wells – The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is having a big year! 2017 marks the 80th year of Catch-a-Calf! With such an important anniversary it is a great year to enter the contest. However, the deadline is fast approaching.

Catch-a-Calf participants first must catch a calf at one of the National Western Stock Show Rodeo performances. They then return in May to receive their project, which they are required to feed and care for until the following year’s Stock Show. At that time participants bring their steers to be evaluated based on their rate of gain, appearance, and carcass. Participants must also submit a record book, participate in an interview, and compete in showmanship. The overall grand and reserve grand champion Catch-a-Calf steers are eligible for the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Program would not be possible without generous sponsors, so participants are also required to send monthly correspondence to their sponsors.

This practical beef cattle management educational program is open to 4-H members from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska that are between 12 and 19 years of age, as of December 31st, 2016. Youth must complete an application and return it by the December 1st, 2016 deadline. For an application and more information please visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-contest/ or see your local extension office.

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11-18-16 WELD COUNTY FAIR WINS BIG AT REGIONAL CONVENTION

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WELD COUNTY FAIR WINS BIG AT REGIONAL CONVENTION

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Greeley, CO – November 17, 2016 – The Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs, an organization of fairs from nine western states and two Canadian provinces, held its annual convention November 9th – 12th in Spokane, Washington. The Summit Awards Program is a contest for fairs to enter their posters, brochures, fair books, pictures, and other promotional items to be judged and given awards. The entries are put on display for all attendees to enjoy during the convention.  Continue reading

11-18-16 WELD COUNTY FAIR COORDINATOR NAMED 2016 FAIR MANAGER OF THE YEAR

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WELD COUNTY FAIR COORDINATOR NAMED 2016 FAIR MANAGER OF THE YEAR

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WCF Coordinator Janet Konkel with Jim Abendschan, RMAF Southeast District Director

Greeley, CO – November 17, 2016 – Once a year Fairs from nine western states and two Canadian provinces gather to share ideas and honor those in the industry who have made a difference at the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs (RMAF) convention. Weld County Fair Coordinator, Janet Konkel, was nominated by peers and selected by the RMAF board of directors to be honored as the 2016 Fair Manager of the Year. Janet was presented with a beautiful glass statue, as well as a custom Montana Silversmith name badge, sponsored by local feed and pet supply store J&T Feeds.

“Janet Konkel is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about the Weld County Fair. These, and other attributes have helped her be successful in coordinating one of the largest county fairs in Colorado,” said Keith Maxey, Director, CSU Weld County Extension. A tireless promoter of the Fair, Janet has developed new relationships with businesses and organizations and generated new sponsorship dollars in an effort to increase community participation and visibility. In cooperation with the board of directors, she has instituted new attractions that have drawn more people to fair (43,000 in 2016) – such as horse-drawn carriage rides, a free community barbecue, Fiddle Fest, and Senior Day. Her efforts have allowed the Weld County Fair to remain free to all while maintaining a fun family atmosphere. Continue reading

11-14-16 CSU Ext SEA: Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season…

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Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season

Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season

Food is an important part of many holiday events.  “With so many home cooks planning to prepare large meals over the holidays, coupled with the fact that one in six people become sick from a foodborne illness each year, this is the best time for reminders about the importance of safe food handling for good health,” said Shelley Feist, Partnership for Food Safety Education executive director.   Consumers play a key part in making sure the food they serve is safe to eat.  Follow these important home food safety practices from Southeast Area Extension to be sure food borne illness is not part of your holiday festivities:  Continue reading

10-25-16 American Royal Association Announces Plans to Move to Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In a room packed with agricultural industry leaders from across Kansas, the American Royal Association on Tuesday announced plans to move to Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey issued the following statement in response to the agreement:  “The American Royal is a perfect fit for Kansas for many reasons – from a shared rich heritage supporting animal agriculture to a commitment to providing high-quality agricultural education opportunities. But one of the primary reasons this move makes sense is our shared focus on continued growth and improvement. We know the future of agriculture in Kansas doesn’t look like the industry we grew up in; instead, we know that we’re going to have to build new partnerships, take chances on new technologies and new production practices, explore innovative marketing opportunities, and engage with and learn from our consumers and customers. The partnership we’re building with the American Royal is not simply about creating a new livestock show facility, but about developing a committed partnership to drive agriculture forward.” Continue reading

10-20-16 Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Chris Wiseman…

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Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CO Proud Month, 144th CO State Fair & More…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) October 20, 2016 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics…

  • 144th CO State Fair RECAP
  • CDA Photo Contest: “Showcase Colorado Agriculture through Pictures” 
  • “Fall Family fun on the Farm”, CDA lists a variety of fall activities online 
  • Nominations sought for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee
  • West Nile Virus Update
  • & MORE
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below….

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10-10-16 COLORADO 4-H TEAMS COMPETE IN NATIONAL DAIRY JUDGING CONTESTS

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COLORADO 4-H TEAMS COMPETE IN NATIONAL DAIRY JUDGING CONTESTS

Colorado 4-H Dairy Judging teams recently completed competition at two national level contests.

The first team, comprised of Brandon Kerbs, Gill; Brianna McBride, Severance; Wade Hofmeister, Fort Morgan; and Bryanna Andersen, Mead, competed at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. The contest was held on October 3rd in conjunction with the 50th Annual World Dairy Expo.

The first team, comprised of Brandon Kerbs, Gill; Brianna McBride, Severance; Wade Hofmeister, Fort Morgan; and Bryanna Andersen, Mead, competed at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin  on October 3rd in conjunction @ the 50th Annual World Dairy Expo.

The first team, comprised of Brandon Kerbs, Gill; Brianna McBride, Severance; Wade Hofmeister, Fort Morgan; and Bryanna Andersen, Mead, competed at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin.  The contest was held on October 3rd in conjunction with the 50th Annual World Dairy Expo.

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The second team, comprised of Awna Hirsch, Eaton; Kendawl Gartrell, Eaton; and Megan Podtburg, Greeley, competed at the All American Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. This contest was on September 19th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The second team, comprised of Awna Hirsch, Eaton; Kendawl Gartrell, Eaton; and Megan Podtburg, Greeley, competed at the All American Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest.  This contest was on September 19th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Both teams were coached by Keith Maxey, Weld County Extension Agent, Greeley; Debbie Carpio, Kersey; and Sarah Hirsch, Eaton. Continue reading

10-06-16 National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest Celebrating 80th Year


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By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Cheyenne County

Cheyenne Wells – The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is having a big year! 2017 marks the 80th year of Catch-a-Calf! With such an important anniversary it is a great year to enter the contest.

Catch-a-Calf participants first must catch a calf at one of the National Western Stock Show Rodeo performances. They then return in May to receive their project, which they are required to feed and care for until the following year’s Stock Show. At that time participants bring their steers to be evaluated based on their rate of gain, appearance, and carcass. Participants must also submit a record book, participate in an interview, and compete in showmanship. The overall grand and reserve grand champion Catch-a-Calf steers are eligible for the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Program would not be possible without generous sponsors, so participants are also required to send monthly correspondence to their sponsors.

This practical beef cattle management educational program is open to 4-H members from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska that are between 12 and 19 years of age, as of December 31st, 2016. Youth must complete an application and return it by the December 1st, 2016 deadline. For an application and more information please visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-contest/ or see your local extension office. Continue reading

10-02-16 Alumni Asked to Share Their Stories During National 4-H Week…

4-H Alumni Asked to Share Their Stories During National 4-H Week

#4HGrown to showcase 25 million 4-H alumni

4-h-grows-here-logoChevy Chase, MD – October 2, 2016 – Every 4-H alumnus has a story. It could be how they learned to win graciously. Or, even lose graciously. How they helped their community; how they were empowered by those around them. While their individual stories may vary, what all 4-H alumni share is the life skills they gained from the nation’s largest youth organization, an organization still empowering youth with life skills today.

October 2 kicks off National 4-H Week, and 4-H is asking its alumni to share their stories online through the 4-H website or through the social media hashtag #4HGrown. Whether you showed animals, gardened, sewed or baked, 4-H wants to hear how you grew within the organization. Continue reading

09-30-16 *CSU Ext SEA News* Medicare Help Comes to Southeast Colorado

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Las Animas, CO – September 30, 2016 – Got Medicare? Got Questions? Just in time for Medicare Open Enrollment, Medicare 101 is coming to Southeast Colorado. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program will present three programs in our area October 17 and 18. On Monday October 17, SHIP will present Medicare 101 at the Woodruff Memorial Library, 522 Colorado Avenue in La Junta at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, see the program at the Lamar Senior Center, 407 E Olive Street in Lamar at 9:30 a.m., or at the Las Animas Public Library, 306 Fifth Street at 1:30 p.m. At each location, individual counseling will be available after the one hour overview of Medicare. Continue reading

09-29-16 CSU Ext-Weld County/WCLA hosting “Today’s Poultry Operations” Seminar in Greeley on Nov 5th…

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Weld County Extension and Weld County Livestock Association is presenting a Poultry Seminar– Today’s Poultry Operations on November 5th in Greeley.

Topics include: Avian Flu, Other Diseases and Biosecurity, Avian Surveillance Program, Quality Assurance/Bird Management, Meat Chickens & Turkeys, Water Fowl, Game Birds and Niche Marketing/Veterinary Feed Directives for Poultry.

It will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the 4-H Building, Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley, CO, from 9:00a – 4:00p (Check-in 8:30a-9:00a).

For Seminar Registration – CLICK HERE, or call 970-304-6535 for more information.

Registration is due by Wednesday, November 2, 2016.  

See you there!

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09-21-16 Inside the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority w/Jim Rubingh: Beginning Farmer Loans, Tax Deductions and more…

CADA-Colorado Agriculture Development Authority header(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) September 21, 2016 – Did you know that there is New legislation that will provide farmers with tax credits if they lease land to first-time farmers?

The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is responsible for administering that program.  And joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this in more detail is Jim Rubingh, Executive Director of CADA

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The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is an independent public body established by statute in 1981. Its mission is to encourage the investment of private capital in the agricultural sector through the use of public financing for the purpose of making low-interest loans available to agricultural producers for specified uses. To learn more about the Colorado Agriculture Development Authority, or to apply for a Beginning Farmer Loan, please visit http://www.cadafarmloan.com/

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09-13-16 The 5th Annual Pedal The Plains is Hitting the Road…

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The fifth annual Pedal The Plains is hitting the road!

Denver, Colo.— The Denver Post Community Foundation, the Office of Governor John
Hickenlooper and presenting sponsor Viaero Wireless are excited to hit the road for the fifth annual Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour beginning September 16th. The ride will spin through southeastern Colorado along its three-day, 154-mile journey. Participants will visit scenic, historical, agricultural and educational stops in route to the three overnight host communities: Ordway, Fowler and La Junta. Continue reading

09-06-16 The 144th Annual Colorado State Fair Comes to a Close

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144th Annual Colorado State Fair Comes to a Close

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2016 Colorado State Fair has ended its 11-day run as Colorado’s premier celebration of youth and agriculture.
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CSF General Manager, Sarah Cummings

“I’m thrilled with the educational opportunities we provided, our efforts to highlight the importance of agriculture, and the impressive projects exhibited by the 4-H and FFA youth,” said General Manager, Sarah Cummings.

This year 466,576 people attended the Colorado State Fair; in 2015, 500,207 people attended the Fair.
“There are a number of ways to evaluate the success of a fair. Overall attendance is one measure; revenues, intrinsic value and customer experience are other valuable measures. Preliminary figures reflect increases in carnival revenue and admission paid at the gate,” said Cummings. “More importantly, there is an overwhelming buzz regarding the positive experience our customers had while attending the Colorado State Fair – that is the true reward.”
“I look forward to evaluating this year’s fair with staff and our board to develop new and exciting ideas for the 2017 Colorado State Fair,” Cummings continues.
Highlights from the 2016 Colorado State Fair:

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09-01-16 WCF JUNIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION RESULTS IN LARGE FOOD BANK DONATION

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Weld County, CO – Following the 2016 Weld County Fair, the Weld County Junior Livestock Auction kicked off, where roughly 245 kids presented their prized livestock for sale. This event was more than just a sale, however, according to Michael Frink, Chairman of the Junior Livestock Sale Committee: “The Junior Livestock Sale gives the opportunity for members to make extra money that hopefully can be used to go to college or to prepare themselves to go into production agriculture in the near future.” More than $700,000 worth of livestock was sold this year, stated Frink.

“It’s great to see all the work these 4H kids put in throughout the year pay off,” stated Commissioner Julie Cozad, coordinator for Extension Services this year. “Its hard work, and these kids did an exceptional job.” Continue reading

08-30-16 Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

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WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 144th CO State Fair…CLICK HERE

Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 53rdColorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2016 sale accumulated approximately $524,700 from generous buyers supporting the state’s agricultural youth. This year also set the record sale for Grand Champion Market beef at $62,000 by Sam Brown & Family.
“Over the past 37 years, the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale has raised $9,794,289 for the youth involved in Colorado’s 4-H and FFA programs. This sale is a reflection of their dedication to the animals and the agricultural community,” said State Fair General Manager, Sarah Cummings. “I’d also like to thank the generous philanthropists who come out to support these amazing kids; the sale would not be possible without them.”
This year, the Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale added turkeys to the sale lineup. 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. Last year’s sale totaled $534,650. PRELIMINARY totals for the sale are available athttp://www.coloradostatefair.com/events/2016/2016-colorado-touchstone-energy-junior-livestock-sale.
Grand & Reserve Champion
Exhibitor Name & Hometown
Buyer
Bid
Grand Beef
Julia Frye, Johnstown, CO
Sam Brown & Family
$62,000
Reserve Beef
Kory Ridnour, Burlington, CO
Denver Rustlers
$22,500
Grand Hog
Rayna Hodgson, Greeley, CO
Denver Rustlers
$33,000
Reserve Hog
Ty Pieper, Fowler, CO
Sam Brown & Family
$32,000
Grand Lamb
Jenna Frink, Eaton, CO
Crabtree Amusements
$20,000
Reserve Lamb
Kayla Frink, Eaton, CO
Sam Brown & Family
$12,000
Grand Goat
Chelsea Dobbs, Fort Collins, CO
Anadarko Petroleum
$6,500
Reserve Goat
Andrea Maneotis, Craig, CO
Denver Rustlers
$4,200
Grand Rabbits
Lacey Chisman, Calhan, CO
Legacy Bank
$3,400
Reserve Rabbits
Shawna Lamothe, Elbert, CO
Pueblo Bank & Trust
$2,600
Grand Chickens
Ryan Gruntorad, Ordway, CO
Fair Ladies
$3,500
Reserve Chickens
Skylar Gregersen, Wiggins, CO
Friends of the Fair
$3,200
Grand Turkey
Abby Nagel, Larkspur, CO
Colo. State Fair Commissioners
$2,700
Reserve Turkey
Diana Nagel, Larkspur, CO
Pikes Peak Posse
$1,000
The Colorado State Fair runs August 26 – September 5, 2016. For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.

08-18-16 Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CO Proud Month, 144th CO State Fair & More…

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Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CO Proud Month, 144th CO State Fair & More…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) August 18, 2016 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics…

  • August is CO Proud Month
  • 144th CO State Fair – Aug 25 – Sept 5 in Pueblo
  • & MORE
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below….

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