07-02-15 National 4-H Shooting Sports Joins NSSF’s Project ChildSafe to Emphasize Responsible Firearm Storage…

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NEWTOWN, Conn., and TRAPPE, Md. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announced today that National 4-H Shooting Sports, a leading shooting education and youth development program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will join forces with Project ChildSafe® to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage across the country.

As a first step, both organizations are preparing to kick off NSSF’s third annual “S.A.F.E. Summer” effort. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own it? Respect It. Secure it.,” S.A.F.E. Summer is a reminder that properly storing firearms when they’re not in use is the number one way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.

“Remembering to store firearms responsibly when they aren’t in use is always important, and it’s particularly important during summer months when children are home from school and more likely to be unattended,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.

NSSF-National Shooting Sports FoundationLogoWith “SAFE” serving as an acronym for Secure your firearms when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage, the effort is focused on providing education and tools that helps gun owners take action to keep families and communities safer.

“Our slogan is ‘Learn by Doing,’” said National 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator Conrad Arnold. “We equip students to teach others and lead by example, and we want to work with NSSF to emphasize safe storage among our 300,000 participants, so they can share that message with their friends and families.” Continue reading

07-01-15 The Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship Now Accepting Applications…

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Westminster, CO (July 1, 2015) –The National Bison Association (NBA) has announced the 2015 Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship amid continued growth in consumer demand for healthy, natural bison meat.

The Throlson American Bison Foundation is named after its founder, Dr. Ken Throlson, DVM, a pioneer of the modern bison business and awards three outstanding college students with an interest in the burgeoning bison industry.

“The Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship program has been established to recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future bison industry professionals,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the NBA. Continue reading

06-30-15 Steer-Aid Clinic teaches youth beef participants…

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RJ Kerchal, foreground, works side-by-side with his dad Rod Kerchal to trim the hooves on Holly Morgan’s steer. Morgan, of Hasty was the first in line on Saturday, June 20, drawing many onlookers. Rod Kerchal’s hoof trimming has become an annual part of WW Feed & Supply’s Steer-Aid program.

LA JUNTA –RJ Kerchal and Otto Lehmberg were the featured instructors on Saturday, June 20 for Steer-Aid, a free youth beef clinic here.

Southeast Colorado youth and their parents all got an education about feeding and nutrition, clipping and show day grooming for their 4-H and FFA projects.

“Don’t get caught up in the latest foo-foo dust” or trendy supplement, “but instead feed a basic, well balanced diet,” said Lehmberg, a Purina Animal Nutrition livestock specialist from Amarillo. “A good feed program, fresh water and grass hay will help you reach your goal.”

Lehmberg encouraged the use of scales. The first should weigh grain rations for twice-a-day feeding so that the 4-H’er will be consistent, exact and be able to increase rations gradually, as needed. The second was access to a big scale, “so you know your steer’s weight weekly. Don’t wait too late, and then try to push.”

Kerchal, of New Generation Cattle at Calhan, clips and grooms cattle for the show ring on a national level. With the help of Dalton Chambers, the two men transformed Chad Russell’s steer into a show-ready animal during the Saturday morning program sponsored by WW Feed & Supply. Continue reading

06-26-15 Meet the West Region’s National 4-H Volunteer of the Year: Weld County’s Kelly Seelhoff…

2015 National Volunteer of the Year Kelly Seelhoff

(BARN Media – Ft Collins, CO) June 25th, 2015 – Each year, state 4-H programs nominate two outstanding individual volunteers through the 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards.* The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award is given to an individual who has spent 10 or more years as a 4-H volunteer while the Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4-H less than 10 years.

During the 2015 Colorado 4-H State Conference at CSU – Ft Collins on Thursday evening June 25, Kelly Seelhoff of Greeley, was recognized as the National 4-H Volunteer of the Year for the West region and BARN Media had a chance to visit with her just prior to the Awards Ceremony…

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Seelhoff earned the award for her exemplary work as a club leader of the Wranglers 4-H Club in Weld County. She has a passion for helping others, which is demonstrated in her commitment to positive youth development and community service. She’s mentored youth members of the Wrangler 4-H Club providing leadership and guidance, and has contributed to the growth of the club’s membership. As a club leader for the past seven years, Seelhoff has a passion to serve her community and has organized numerous fundraising activities in support of the club. She’s also been successful at engaging volunteers, which has contributed to building the strong relationships among parents and community participants in Weld County.

Learn more about the National 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards – CLICK HERE

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06-16-15 Colorado Simmental elects officers…

Shelby Temple and Tori Hill learn how to compete in livestock judging, a new skill for many of the young participants. The heifers were penned by sire groups at the sale headquarters at the high-elevation ranch, surrounded by the San Luis Valley’s green 8100-feet mountains.

Shelby Temple and Tori Hill learn how to compete in livestock judging, a new skill for many of the young participants. The heifers were penned by sire groups at the sale headquarters at the high-elevation ranch, surrounded by the San Luis Valley’s green 8100-feet mountains.

Robert Campbell, Curt Russell and Beth & Shane Temple officiate the judging contest held at the T-Heart and L-Cross ranches on June 13. The field day preceded the CJSA and CSA annual meetings at La Garita.

LA GARITA, CO – Colorado Simmental members gathered Saturday, June 13 for annual events at the L-Cross Ranch near here. CoSimmentalLogo

An afternoon field day allowed youth to learn or improve skills, as they competed in a judging contest, sales talk, and cattlemen’s quiz. Hosts Shane & Beth Temple, owners of T-Heart and L-Cross ranches, displayed heifers from various sire groups for the participants to evaluate.

During the youth’s annual meetings, Chad Russell of Sugar City was re-elected Colorado Junior Simmental president, Keanna Smith of Ignacio, as vice president; and RJ and Andrea Kerchal of Calhan were re-appointed as youth advisers.

Youth of the Year winner was Tate Kerchal, age 9. The Calhan boy helped at both National Western Stock Show and Colorado State Fair events, as well as exhibiting the Champion Simmental Female at the 2014 Colorado State Fair. Continue reading

06-12-15 WW Feed & Supply’s Steer-Aid clinic in La Junta on June 20th…

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Steer-Aid clinic June 20

A Steer-Aid Clinic, designed to help 4-H and FFA beef project members, will be Saturday, June 20 in La Junta.

The free morning session will focus on feeding and nutrition, clipping and show day grooming. A beef hoof trimming service will be offered at $45 per head. All events will be at WW Feed & Supply, 303 W. 1st St., La Junta.

For a schedule and further details, call 719-384-4463 or go to www.WWFeed.com.

06-10-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers in Cheyenne Wells on June 30th…

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Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers

Are you interested in bringing your home-made food products to market?

This training offered by CSU Extension- Southeast Area will provide food safety training required by the Colorado Cottage Food Act.

Extension Agents, Jennifer Wells and Kaye Kasza, will present Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at CSU Extension-Cheyenne County, 425 S. 7th West, Cheyenne Wells, CO.

Learn foods that are permissible in the Cottage Foods Act, ingredient labeling requirements, as well as basic food safety for a home business. In addition, financial and business considerations will be discussed as you pursue the idea of producing cottage foods for the market.

Registration fee of $15.00 (cash or check only) is required by June 24. To register call 719-767-5716.

For more information about the training call Kaye Kasza at 719-456-0764 or Jennifer Wells at 719-254-7608.

If you have a disability for which you seek an accommodation, please notify us at 719-767-5716 at least five business days prior to the event.

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05-14-15 CSU – Golden Plains News: Freeze Damage to Wheat…

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Wheat in Colorado is subjected to adverse weather conditions during much of its growth period.  Low temperature injury during winter and spring can be particularly destructive.  However, wheat has some resistance to low temperatures after it begins growing in the spring; but injury from freezes at this time can occur in any part of the state.  The table below describes temperature conditions that cause spring freeze injury, and symptoms of injury at different temperatures.

Spring freeze injury occurs when low temperatures coincide with sensitive plant growth stages.  Injury can cover large areas of the state or only a few fields or even parts of the fields.  It is most severe along rivers, valleys, and depressions in fields where cold air settles.  The risk of spring freeze injury is greater when wheat initiates spring growth early due to higher than average temperatures and inadequate moisture and advances through its developmental stages quicker than normal.  Actual air temps by location can be found at coagmet.com. Continue reading

05-14-15 CSU Extension Rates High With Commissioners…

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May 14, 2015 – Colorado State University Extension (CSU) has been working with Colorado’s County Commissioner’s for more than a century.  The Extension’s new decentralized organizational structure is founded on this long-trusted relationship.  The seventh annual survey summary report of county satisfaction with CSU Extension showed that, overall, Colorado county commissioners were positive about Extension program value and quality, and agent expertise and responsiveness.  The quality of CSU programs and responsiveness of local agents received particularly positive ratings.

“The results are encouraging and reinforce our commitment to Extension’s continued responsiveness to each county’s needs,” said Lou Swanson, director of CSU Extension and Vice President for Engagement.”  “County fiscal commitment is a sign of support.  Our partnerships with counties, who provide office space and staff for Extension’s programming, are strong.”  Commissioners rated the services provided from local Extension office favorably, with more than 97 percent rated as acceptable, above acceptable or excellent.  As one commissioner commented: . . . very responsive, professional, and capable.  Positive, highly satisfied.” Continue reading

05-08-15 CSU Ext – SEA Area: Agriculture Sustainability and Climate Change By Wilma Trujillo…

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Early last year, the US government released the National Climate Assessment Report.  The report concluded that climate change is unequivocal and that agriculture will be on the front lines with those most impacted by its effect.

Climate disruptions to agricultural production have increased in the past 40 years and are projected to continue increasing over the next 25 years.  Producers and land managers will face increases in the frequency of extreme weather events which will cause significant erosion, runoff and nutrient losses, prolonged droughts; increased pressure from weeds, pests and diseases, and higher temperatures which will affect crop pollination and lower yields.

As bad as those challenges sound, farmers and ranchers currently have a number of strategies to adapt to the changing climate conditions.  These adaptation strategies include changing selection of crops, timing of field operations, and increasing use of pesticides to control increased pressure from pests and diseases.  Diversifying crop rotations, integrating livestock with crop production systems, improving soil health and quality, minimizing off-farm flows of nutrients and pesticides and other practices typically associated with sustainable agriculture also increase the resiliency of the agricultural systems to climate change.  Thus, an adaptation plan consisting of integrated changes in crop rotations, irrigation methods, and fertilization and tillage practices, may be an effective approach to managing climate risk. Continue reading

04-24-15 Golden Plains Ext News: CSU Crops Testing Hires New Agronomist…

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AKRON, CO – April 24, 2015 – Ed Asfeld recently joined CSU’s Crops Testing Program as our new agronomist. He is replacing Jim Hain, who spent over 30 years working with the Crops Testing program and retired in February. Ed is based at the USDA-ARS Central Great Plains Research Station in Akron, Colorado. He will plant and harvest multiple crop variety trials across eastern Colorado, including trials of wheat, corn, sunflower, grain sorghum, and oilseeds. He also repairs and maintains equipment, machinery, and vehicles valued at nearly $1 million that are used in the program.  As the principal field person for the Crops Testing program, Ed will work with graduate students, Cooperative Extension agents, Agricultural Research Station personnel, and staff at CSU and other universities. He will also collaborate with area farmers, scientists, government representatives, and crop commodity groups.  Continue reading

04-16-15 National Bison Assn News: Producers Laud Change on U.S. – Canadian Bison Shipping Rules…

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New ID Requirements Reduce Stress on Animals, Costs for Producers

DENVER, CO (April 16, 2015) – The leaders of the U.S. National Bison Association and the Canadian Bison Association today applauded the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for implementing a new directive that eliminates the requirement that bison imported into the United States from Canada be branded.

The new directive replaces the branding requirement with a new rule that allows producers to identify animals with an approved RFID (Radio Frequency) tag compliant with the U.S. National Animal Identification System, and a secondary ear tag bearing the official identification number.

“This is a very positive development for the bison business. The National Bison Association, Canadian Bison Association and individual producers have worked with our respective federal agencies to request this new procedure. We are very pleased that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture responded to our requests,” said Bruce Anderson, president of the National Bison Association. Continue reading

04-02-15 CSU Ext – SEA Area: Show Ring Rookie to NWSS Fed Beef Champion…

CSU SEA Ext Says logoBy Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

First year 4-H members typically enroll in one or two projects and focus their efforts on the county level with the hope of expanding to the state or national stage in the future. Angelina Rose Downing enrolled in her first year, 2013-2014, with an eye on the local and national stages. Within the first three months of becoming a 4-H member she had signed up for three projects, attended a regional camp, and had signed up to participate in the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) annual Catch a Calf Contest (CAC).

The NWSS CAC program is open to 4-H members from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Applicants apply to the program and if selected, travel to NWSS and attempt to catch a calf, halter it, and then lead it back to the starting line. This sounds easy enough, right? The kicker is that you are in the Coliseum during a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeo performance in front of thousands of rodeo fans, there are more kids than calves let loose in the arena, and the calves weigh over 250 pounds and are not halter broken. It is a true example of a calf scramble and a race to the finish. Downing stepped up the plate during her matinee slotted time with a determined look and fought to the finish, however, she was unable to halter a calf. That night she and her family sat down and reviewed strategy and the next day she was the first one to catch a calf. Continue reading

03-24-15 Deadline to nominate YOUR school district for Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is April 1st…

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BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO (March 24th, 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…

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Between now and April 1, 2015, 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.

03-19-15 WELD COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE HIRES STERKEL FOR THE JEAN HOSHIKO MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT POSITION…

Weld County 4H Extension logo 2015_LM_Sterkle 4H_03192015_002WELD COUNTY, CO – The Weld County Board of Commissioners and Weld County Extension Office are pleased to announce the addition of Kim Sterkel to the 4-H Extension team. Sterkel was hired as a part-time extension employee to fill the Weld County 4-H Foundation Jean Hoshiko Memorial Endowment position. She will work to expand the reach of 4-H in Weld County and develop new educational opportunities for Weld County 4-H members.

4-H is a development organization that offers more than 50 projects and community service opportunities in areas including clothing construction and apparel, foods and nutrition, large and small animal care and training, wildlife, leadership, citizenship, wind power, electronics and model rocketry. 4-H teaches decision making, record keeping, good health practices, public speaking and other life skills to all kids ages 5-18.

“4-H is a great program for kids of all ages,” said Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer, herself a former 10-year 4-H member. “It provides many activities that help kids learn and grow as individuals.” Continue reading

03-10-15 National 4-H Council News: Colorado’s Kelly Seelhoff Receives Regional Volunteer Award from 4-H…

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(Chevy Chase, MD) March 10, 2015 – National 4-H Council, along with 4-H National Headquarters, NIFA and USDA, has awarded Kelly Seelhoff with the 2015 Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award in the West region. Seelhoff was selected over candidates from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington. This prestigious award is presented annually to the volunteer in the region who exhibits exceptional commitment and contributions to 4-H and the community.

As the winner, Seelhoff will receive a customized plaque, a donation in her name to the 4-H Club of her choice and nationwide recognition from National 4-H Council.

Seelhoff earned the award for her exemplary work as a club leader of the Wranglers 4-H Club in Larimer County. She has a passion for helping others, which is demonstrated in her commitment to positive youth development and community service. She’s mentored youth members of the Wrangler 4-H Club providing leadership and guidance, and has contributed to the growth of the club’s membership. Continue reading

03-06-15 *CSU Ext-SE CO News* Southeast Area 4-H Extension Agents Attend Western 4-H Institute…

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Once every three years, the 4-H Western Region holds a Western Region 4-H Institute.  The basic idea of the Institute is to provide a high quality 4-H staff development conference that is applicable to all states in the Western Region.  The training is designed for 4-H professionals within Extension that have been on the job for less than 5 years.  Registration for the 2015 event was limited to 100 participants across the 13 western states.

Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado 4-H Foundation worked together to send twelve delegates from the state of Colorado.  Two of the selected agents were Mallory Sikes, representing Baca County 4-H Programs, and Barry Acton, representing Crowley and Otero County 4-H Programs.

The focus of the weeklong event included education and training in the areas of youth program development, volunteer development framework, building learning communities, team building, facilitation, relationship building, creating safe environments, life skills, essential elements, and ages and stages of 4-H youth.  According to Mallory Sikes, “The Western 4-H Institute was an excellent experience.  The training attended helped provide a strong foundation from which I am excited to continue building and growing the Baca County 4-H Programs and help bring greater success to the Southeast Area by way of youth development.”

By making the event a multi-state effort, The Western 4-H Institute was able to educate a greater number of agents across 13 states, utilizing a limited amount of staff development resources.  The training also provided a great platform to share ideas between counties and across states, better increasing the productivity and breadth of 4-H Youth Development ideas.

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02-27-15 CSU Ext Agent Bruce Bosley to Retire March 19th…Two events being held in his honor March 12th and 30th…

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Greetings,

I am writing this email so that you know that I’ll be retiring (I think I’m graduating from CSU Extension) in mid-March. My last official day at work will be 19 March. I’ll celebrate my new beginnings with new adventures and self-defined work on the Spring Equinox, March 20th. Until then I welcome your questions and comments about Colorado State Extension and/or Cropping Systems & Natural Resource topics.

Two retirement celebrations are planned in both Logan and Morgan Counties (see attached flyers)

My Extension career has been filled with many satisfying accomplishments. The best of these has been to experience the personal growth and accomplishments of those I’ve worked with. Many of my farmer collaborators and customers have enhanced their willingness to follow their curiosity with learning. Some have extended this by designing and implementing their own on-farm experiments and trying new research based production and cropping systems techniques.

For me the most rewarding impact from my contacts has been to see people become leaders among their peers. These individuals share their trial results and experiences with other farm producers. Their leadership has helped themselves and others to enhance the profitability and sustainability of their farm operations. These and those who they’ve touched have become life-long learners. They continue to stretch boundaries and tinker with alternative crop production methods and cropping systems.

I’ve been blessed to have been mentored by and worked with a wonderful collection of far thinking farmers and Exemplary Colorado State research and Extension faculty as well as USDA Agricultural Research scientists. With their generous collaborations and guidance, I’ve received a full complement of Extension and University honors. I look forward to having the time to pursue my other life goals which include: Continue reading