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…


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

02-05-16 Deadline to nominate YOUR school district for Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is April 1st…

GrowRuralEducationGraphicFarmers 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.

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.

01-25-16 Simmental leaders honored at NWSS…


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


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

01-13-16 Limousin Champions Named at 2016 NWSS Medal of Excellence Show…

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Limousin and Lim-Flex® breeders started off the 2016 Medal of Excellence (MOE) show year at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. The show was held Wednesday, January 13 in the NWSS Stadium Arena. Jered Shipman, Grandview, Texas, evaluated the 95 open cattle, including 73 females and 22 bulls.  Continue reading

01-13-16 CSU Ext News: Southeast Area 4-H Participates in National Contest…

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L to R: Sara Reyher, Tori Gregory, Timmery Foster and Lexi Mayo.

By Amy Kelley, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Southeast Area

Southeast Area—Denver, Colorado was the site of the 2016 Western National Roundup. This event was held January 7th through 10th. Youth from all over the United States and Canada gathered together to compete in a variety of national 4-H contests. The theme of the event was “Mission I’m Possible: License to Lead.”

The Southeast Area represented Colorado 4-H in the parliamentary procedure contest. Members of the team were Timmery Foster and Lexi Mayo, both of Cheraw, Sara Reyher from McClave, and Tori Gregory from Fowler. They were coached by Amy Kelley, Area Extension Agent. To qualify to participate in Roundup the team had to first win their state contest, which they did this past June at the Colorado 4-H State Conference. They worked very hard and practiced lots before attending the national contest. Continue reading

01-13-16 NALJA: Junior Limousin Winners at 110th NWSS…

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Junior Limousin Winners at 2016 NWSS
Members of the North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) exhibited 36 head in the 2016 National Western Stock Show Junior Limousin and Lim-Flex® Show. The show was held on Tuesday, January 12 at the NWSS Stadium Arena in Denver, Colo. Judge Brad McCurry, Mt. Hope, Kansas, evaluated the 9 Limousin and 27 Lim-Flex females.  Continue reading

12-21-15 Celebrate Western heritage and Ram pride with discounted tickets to the 2016 NWSS…

CSU Day at NWSS 2016

It’s time to dust your boots off and get ready for the Western extravaganza of the year! Save money now on tickets to the National Western Stock Show. Colorado State University has a long and storied connection to the National Western Stock Show – beginning with 600 students arriving with their livestock at the first Stock Show in 1906.

This year marks the 16-day event’s 110th anniversary and is especially significant given the recent passage of Denver Tourism Ballot Measure 2C, which funds the National Western Center Redevelopment Project. CSU, as one of the primary NWC partners, has envisioned a significant presence at the complex focused on addressing global challenges related to food, water, health, energy, and the environment, while improving agricultural literacy and engaging students of all ages in STEM subjects and the arts. Continue reading

12-14-15 Announcing the 2016 Colorado Farm Show Scholarships…


Greeley, CO – December 18, 2015 *UPDATED* –The 2016 Colorado Farm Show will award twelve graduating high school seniors and two college freshmen students a total of $27,000 to help with their higher education goals.  Two $4000.00 renewable Colorado Farm Show Rolling Scholarships, six $2000.00 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $1500.00 Colorado Farm Show Secondary Scholarships, two $1000.00 Carl Luther Memorial Vo-Tech Scholarships, and two $1000.00 Colorado Farm Show Friend of the Show Scholarships will be awarded on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at a banquet held in the recipients’ honor at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, CO.  This brings the total scholarship dollars awarded by the Colorado Farm Show to Colorado young adults pursuing careers in Agriculture to $163,000.

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12-09-15 CSU SEA Extension News: High Yielding Sorghum Hybrid – over 88 bu/ac in CSU Dryland Trial…

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By Dr. Jerry Johnson

Colorado State University researchers have identified a high yielding sorghum hybrid in their crop variety trial conducted at a local farmer’s field in Southeastern Colorado.  CSU screens hybrids for local adaptability and this year there were 17 hybrids from six different seed companies in a trial conducted in a dryland sorghum field near Brandon, CO.  The highest yielding hybrid in the trial was a medium-early Gayland Ward Seed entry (GW-1180) that averaged 88.4 bushels per acre.  The second highest yielding hybrid was a medium-early hybrid (HG44R) from Heartland Genetics.  The full yield results, hybrid traits, and field management conditions can be found at the Brandon link on the sorghum page at csucrops.com.  These trials are conducted to provide information to local producers for making better sorghum planting decisions.  Other seed companies (all with excellent hybrids) in the trials included Dekalb, Mycogen Seeds, Alta Seeds, and Sorghum Partners.  Entry fees paid by the seed companies allow CSU researchers to continue testing sorghum hybrids.  Producers are encouraged to contact their local seed reps to have their hybrids entered into the Colorado sorghum performance trials.  CSU provides reliable, research-based, and unbiased trial results to Colorado producers.


12-03-15 Colorado Auctioneers Foundation Scholarship – APPLICATION DEADLINE 12/15/2015

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Colorado Auctioneers Foundation Scholarship Award Eligibility Requirements 2015

The Colorado Auctioneer’s Foundation (CAF) will award scholarship(s) in 2016. The object of these scholarships is to assist the recipients in getting a post secondary education. One of the scholarships may go to a graduating senior who is entering a vocational or technical school.


11-25-15 Inside the BARN with CO State Fair’s New General Manager Sarah Cummings…

CSF in Pueblo logoSarah Cummings CO State Fair General Manager(BARN Media – Briggsdale.CO) November 25, 2015 – On Tuesday, November 24th, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown named Sarah Cummings, of Penngrove, California, as the NEW MANAGER of the Colorado State Fair and she will assume that position on January 19th, 2016. Joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN at this time is none other than Sarah Cummings…


The 144th CO State Fair is slated for Aug 26th – Sept 5th of 2016. Learn more online @ www.coloradostatefair.com

Check out some interesting facts about the CO State Fair


11-18-15 Inside the NWSS Catch-a-Calf Program w/Erin Post…Seeking Applicants for 2016!

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Erin Post, CSU Extension Agent - Adams County

Erin Post, CSU Extension Agent – Adams County

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 18, 2015 – They come from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming to compete in National Western Stock Show’s longest running program of practical beef cattle management. In just over 70 years, the Catch-A-Calf Contest has awarded nearly 3,000 steers to 4-H members hailing from the western United States.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss the NWSS Catch-a-Calf Program is Erin Post, NWSS Catch-a-Calf Co-Superintendent and Adams County Livestock Agent…


NWSS Catch-aCalf Program Signup by Dec 1st 2015


Bill Jackson’s Memorial Service and LIVE Benefit Auction in Greeley on Nov 7th…LIVE WEBCAST

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Bill Jackson’s Memorial Service & LIVE Benefit Auction set for Nov 7th

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 30, 2015 – Agriculture lost a true friend recently, CO Ag Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Jackson, who was a long-time reporter for the Greeley Tribune and the Fence Post.

Bill Jackson’s memorial service will be held on November 7 @ 1pm in Greeley in the Events Building  *NEW VENUE* at Island Grove Regional Park. Following the memorial service @ approximately 1:45pm, there will be a LIVE Auction of several items.

For more on the memorial service and where the proceeds from the LIVE auction will go, my guest is Weld County Extension Director Keith Maxey…





Learn more about CSU’s Bill Jackson Agricultural Scholarship – CLICK HERE

Learn more about the  Weld County 4-H Foundation – CLICK HERE

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