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04-08-14 Brianna Frick Named Basin Electric Power Cooperative Employee Scholarship Winner…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 8, 2014

Basin Electric Power Cooperative logoFORT MORGAN, CO – Brianna Frick, daughter of David and Tracy Frick from Fort Morgan, has been awarded a $1,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative Employee Scholarship.

The Basin Cooperative Employee Scholarship program is designed to recognize and encourage the achievements of the children of member cooperative employees, which includes Morgan County Rural Electric Association.  Qualified applicants must be a student who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time graduate or undergraduate course of study at an accredited, two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school.  Basin Electric Power Cooperative is one of the largest electric generation and transmission cooperatives in the United States, and is based in Bismark, North Dakota.

The Scholarship Program is administered and conducted by the Basin Electric Power Cooperative human resources division. Winners are selected by a scholarship selection committee.

Brianna carries a weighted 3.88 grade point average at Fort Morgan High School, and is a member of National Honor Society.  She has been active in volleyball and track, receiving Academic All-State designation in both sports, along with All-Conference in track and All-Conference Honorable Mention in volleyball.  She is also active with the Future Business Leaders of America and was named as a Lion’s Club Student of the Month.  In addition to her extra-curricular undertakings, Brianna has served as the Nursery Director for United Methodist Church; as a referee for Women’s League Volleyball; and as Assistant to the Athletic Secretary at Fort Morgan High School.  She plans on attending the University of Nebraska-Kearney to pursue a business degree in administration and finance.

Congratulations to Brianna Frick for being named as a recipient of the Basin Cooperative Employee Scholarship.

To learn more about Basin Electric Power Cooperative -CLICK HERE

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04-08-14 Morgan County REA Awards Scholarships…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 8, 2014

FORT MORGAN, CO – Morgan County Rural Electric Association is pleased to announce that six local high school seniors have been selected for scholarships from MCREA for 2014. The local electric cooperative awards the college scholarships to graduating seniors whose families are members of Morgan County REA. The scholarships include a Basin Electric scholarship, two Tri-State Generation and Transmission scholarships, and three Morgan County REA scholarships. The recipients of these scholarships were selected by a panel comprised of MCREA directors and employees, along with local community members. The criteria for selection is based on a number of factors, including academics, ACT scores, school and community participation, work experiences, a student statement and a letter of recommendation.

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CLICK HERE to learn more about MCREA

This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • $1,500 MCREA Scholarship – Tara Cook, Sterling High School
  • $1,000 MCREA Scholarship – Corinne Volk, Brush High School
  • $1,000 MCREA Scholarship – Megan Griffith, Brush High School
  • $1,000 Basin Electric Scholarship – Allyson Pabst, Brush High School
  • $500 Tri-State Generation Scholarship – Abdallah Ibrahim, Weldon Valley High School
  • $500 Tri-State Generation Scholarship – Brianne Downing, Brush High School

Organized in 1937, Morgan County Rural Electric Association is a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by our members – the people we serve.  We strive to provide goods and services that enhance the quality of life in rural America. To learn more about Morgan County Rural Electric Association – CLICK HERE

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04-01-14 CDA News: Protect Colorado Horses—EHV-1, Biosecurity, Brand Inspection…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 1, 2014

CDA LogoTHREE IMPORTANT UPDATES

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – This time of year typically kicks off horseback riding, jackpots, horse shows, and a number of other horse events and the Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds horse owners that there are a number of steps to protect their horses this season.

Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1)

On March 26, 2014, the State Veterinarian’s Office was notified by the Colorado State University Diagnostic Laboratory that a Larimer County horse tested positive for EHV-1. CDA is investigating the positive case and has placed the facility where the horse is stabled under quarantine. The horse is undergoing treatment and others it may have come into contact with are being monitored but are not showing clinical signs of the disease at this point. At this time the affected horse is the only horse showing any clinical signs of disease and is recovering.

“The most common way for EHV-1 to spread is by direct horse-to-horse contact but it can also spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands; this certainly highlights the importance of practicing basic biosecurity practices,” said State Veterinarian,  Dr. Keith Roehr. “Equine event organizers should continue to practice routine biosecurity practices that are effective in prevention of EHV and other horse diseases as well.  There was very limited movement from the affected facility so the risk to other horse owners or event organizers is very low, essentially the same as before this index case.”

Symptoms include fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy, and the inability to rise. While there is no cure, the symptoms of the disease may be treatable. EHV-1 is not transmissible to people; it can be a serious disease of horses that can cause respiratory, neurologic disease and death.

For more information, visit A Guide To Understanding the Neurologic Form of EHV Infection or visit www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Animal Health.”

Basic Biosecurity

Basic biosecurity practices can reduce the risk of exposure to diseases. Key points of a biosecurity plan include isolating new animals and those returning to the home premises, supplying clean feed and water, implementing infection-control practices for visitors and personnel and avoiding movement from various locations if possible. Especially important is the isolation of any sick horses. Horse owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarian if sickness appears in their herd.

“Effective biosecurity practices lead to fewer health problems for animals and contribute to a longer and better-quality life for the horse,” said Dr. Roehr. “When you’re traveling with horses, something as simple as a clean water bucket that you don’t share with other people’s horses can greatly affect disease movement.”

For more information on equine biosecurity methods, visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahms/equine/downloads/equine05/Equine05_is_Biosecurity.pdf.

Brand Inspection

State statutes require a “brand” inspection upon transfer of ownership of horses and may be required when they are transported.

“The Department typically sees an increase in the number of horses bought, sold and transported to various equine events this time of year. It’s important that brand inspections be obtained to protect the equine industry,” said CDA’s Brand Commissioner, Chris Whitney.

The Division of Brand Inspection’s primary responsibility is to protect the livestock industry, including horses, from loss by theft or straying; a key component of that responsibility is to inspect horses and verify ownership before sale, transportation beyond 75 miles within Colorado, and transportation out of the state.

Residents get more information about brand inspection requirements and find their brand inspector by visiting www.colorado.gov/ag/brands.

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04-01-14 Inside Weld County Extension with Director Keith Maxey: PEDV, Goat and Dairy Extravaganzas Weld County Fair & MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 1, 2014

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Weld County Director CSU Ext Keith Maxey

CSU Extension Agent & Weld County Extension Director Keith Maxey

(Barn Media / CoAgNews – Briggsdale, CO) April 1st, 2014 - The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division has been working closely with swine producers, and organizations to encourage appropriate biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of an emerging, deadly livestock disease:  porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). PEDV only infects pigs and poses no threat to humans. The main form of transmission is typical oral contact with contaminated feces which can include exposure to other pigs or indirect contact through trucks, boots, or clothing. So far, according to the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 27 states have confirmed cases of PEDV; Colorado has had 254 positive tests since November 2013. Personnel with the State Veterinarian’s office met with approximately 60 Extension agents, pork producers, and swine show organizers to discuss biosecurity measures for county fairs and shows as it relates to PEDV. Biosecurity measures are those precautionary steps taken to reduce the potential for exposure of susceptible livestock to contagious microbial agents. Joining the BARN & the Colorado Ag News Network is Keith Maxey, Weld County director of the Colorado State University Extension office in Greeley. Maxey discusses several topics including the porcine epidemic diarhea virus, upcoming goat & daury extravaganzas and much more…


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To learn more about the Weld County Fair, July 23-28th, please visit http://www.weldcountyfair.com/

To learn more about the 2014 CO State Fair runs Aug 22-Sep 1st in Pueblo, CO, please visit www.coloradostatefair.com

Learn more about the Colorado State University Extension online @ http://www.ext.colostate.edu/

And for information about the Porcine Epidemic Dirarhea Virus or PEDV, please visit the CO Dept of Ag’s webpage @ www.colorado.gov/ag or call (303) 239-4161 OR  Please refer to National Pork Board’s webpage at www.pork.org for excellent information and resources on PEDV.

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03-31-14 Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association to Host Shearing Day on April 4th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 31, 2014

CSU Extension LogoManzanola, Colo.— David Miller, Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association (SECWGA) president, announced that the association will host a Community Shearing Day on Friday, April 4.

The Community Shearing Day will be held at the Jackson farm on Road 18.75, one mile south of the Rocky Ford High School, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  To reserve a spot, producers need to contact Janet Golden, CSU Extension in Rocky Ford, with a total number of sheep—white face or black face, ewes or rams.  The cost is $5.00 per head for ewes and $10 for rams.  Organizers will assign producers a time to get their sheep to the farm.  Total number of sheep accepted for the day will be limited.

Miller noted that the shearing day allows many producers with smaller flocks to take their animals to the one central location at an appointed time to have them sheared by a professional shearer.

The Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association is open to any producer who raises sheep in Southeast Colorado including the mountains, foothills, and plains in this part of the state.  For further information contact David Miller, 719-469-2234 or Janet Golden, 719-254-7608.

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03-25-14 Colorado Poultry Association hosting Annual Spring Show in Pueblo May 3rd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 25, 2014

CPA-CO Poultry Association logoCPA Poultry Show 2(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 25th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Bruce Murdoch, Colorado Poultry Associaiton Vice-President and Show Secretary discussing the upcoming Spring Poultry/Pigeon/Rabbit Show @ the Colorado State Fairgrounds’ Small Animal Building in Pueblo, CO on May 3rd.


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2014 CO Poultry Show Book – CLICK HERE

2014 CO Poultry Show Entry Form – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado Poultry Association - CLICK HERE

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03-19-14 The 2014 All American Buckle and Banner Prospect Show in Ft Collins on May 17th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 19, 2014

2014 All American Buckle and Banner Prospect Show Ft Collins

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03-18-14 Weld County 4-H Horse Bowl Contest Results…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 18, 2014

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The Weld County 4-H Horse Counsel sponsored their annual 4-H Horse Bowl Contest on March 15th, in Greeley.  Horse Bowl Competitions are a quiz bowl type activity that focus on the horse industry including care, breeds, rules, nutrition, health and management. Five senior teams & three junior teams from Weld, Larimer, , Jeffco and Adams County participated.  Teams compete in a double elimination bracket, with the winning team having faced 7 rounds of stiff competition.

The winning Jr Team was from Larimer County, the Overall High Junior was Renee McCray from Larimer County.  The winning Senior Team was also from Larimer County; both teams were coached by Sheila & Cody Roth of Windsor.  Overall High Individual Senior was awarded to Larimer Co team member Amy Martinez with 31 pts, Weld Counties Jaynee Halverson & Lydia Bradley were close to the overall award, with 30  and 24 points respectively.

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03-12-14 CO 4-H News: Weld County Speech Arts Contest Results…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 12, 2014

Weld County Extension headerWeld County Extension Office

PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Teresa Johnson 970-302-9040   tjohnson@co.weld.co.us

The Weld County 4-H Speech Arts Contest was held on March 8th,  at the Extension Office in Greeley.  The 2014 contest saw 8 members with 16 presentations.  Participants competed in Impromptu, Prepared, Illustrated Speech & Demonstrations.  The Senior winners of the Impromptu & Prepared Speeches will be continuing on to represent Weld County at the State 4-H Conference in Ft. Collins Colorado in June.    At the Colorado State Fair, coming up in August in Pueblo, the top 3 award winners in all age divisions will be eligible to compete in the Demonstration and Illustrated Talks categories.  Topics at this year’s Speech Arts Contest were very diverse, ranging from “How to make Buttermilk biscuits” to  “Poultry Flock Diseases.   The overall winners this year were:  Seniors-Lydia Bradley,  Intermediate-Camy Seelhoff, and Junior  Lily Helzer.

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03-12-14 CO 4-H News: Prowers County 4-H Foundation Kicks Off Annual Membership Drive…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 12, 2014

CSU Ext SE COBy Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—The Prowers County 4-H Foundation is holding their third annual “Membership Madness” round-up.  This is an opportunity for 4-H alumni, businesses or individuals to become a supporting member of Prowers County 4-H programming and Foundation is pleased to have seen support grow each year.  The Prowers County 4-H Foundation is heavily invested in supporting our 4-H future in the form of scholarships, leader training, grants, state and national conference sponsorship and project material support.  4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential by working and learning along with advancing knowledge in agriculture, the environment, human health, and well-being with communities creating opportunities for youth and adult volunteers.

The 2014 4-H Foundation board consists of Leonard Pruett, Bert Davis, Tom Salisbury, Peter Page, Rick Robbins, Judy Souders, the Prowers County Commissioners, Lori Peterson-Payne, Nick Weber, Brittany Carrigan, Chad Hart, David Emick, Diane Pool and Lynn Schwartz, Josh Emick, Nick Palmer and Tony Peck.

Foundation currently provides scholarship opportunities, as well as educational and leadership trips and learning opportunities.  Your donation of $25 or more entitles you to become a supporting member.  As an incentive for the local 4-H’ers to become more active with the 4-H Foundation we developed a program with the 4-H clubs to bring in new Foundation members.  For every new 4-H Foundation Member a club signs up, the Foundation will split dues with the club.  This way we all benefit, we gain new members and 4-H clubs benefit as a fundraising activity.

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02-28-14 Tractor safety campaign challenges unsafe traditions…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 28, 2014

CASN-Childhood Agricultural Safety Network logoA child dies from injuries on a farm an average of once every 3.5 days. The most common situation involves a tractor.

“Keep Kids Away from Tractors,” is the unified message of the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN) http://www.childagsafety.org/, a coalition of 38 health, safety and youth organizations. The coalition’s campaign urges adults to think twice before allowing children 12-under to operate tractors or ride on them.

The month of March is popular for week-long ag safety observances by several national organizations. The coalition urges individuals and groups to incorporate CASN resources in their safety initiatives. Posters, radio ads and more information can be found at http://www.childagsafety.org/TractorCampaign.htm.

Consider these incidents from the past year:

  • A 1-year-old North Dakota boy died after falling from a tractor driven by his father. His 4-year-old brother survived.
  • A 6-year-old Minnesota boy died with his grandfather when the tractor they were riding rolled over.
  • A 5-year-old Kansas girl died when she fell through the windshield of a combine driven by her father.

The biggest tragedy of all? These deaths were 100 percent preventable.

Allowing young children to ride on a tractor is considered a tradition by many. But remember — “It’s easier to bury a tradition than a child.”

WEBINAR!: “Keep Kids Away from Tractors” will be featured in a webinar at noon (CT), Wednesday, March 12. Presenting on behalf of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety will be Director Barbara Lee, Ph.D., and Marsha Salzwedel, M.S. The webinar is sponsored by the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network and AgriSafe Network. Register at www.agrisafe.org.

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02-18-14 *CSU SeCo Ext News* Discover 4-H at SEA’s Super Saturday, March 1st in Lamar, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 18, 2014

CSU Extension LogoSubmitted to BARN Media by Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—Have you ever wondered just how to decorate cupcakes, create bulletin boards that you see on Pinterest?  Are you interested in tooling and lacing your own checkbook cover or building a robot?   If you answered yes to any of those question then Southeast Area Extension agents Barry Acton, Amy Kelley and Lacey Mann have the answer for you.  They will be hosting a 4-H Super Saturday event Saturday, March 1 at the Sand and Sage Fairgrounds in Lamar to teach youth how to complete those exact projects.  Super Saturday offers 4-H youth, ages 8-18, to learn how to complete  the following projects; Leather Craft, Unit 1;  Robotics, Level 1; Cake Decorating , Unit 5 (Cupcakes) and Home Environment, Unit 1.  Tandy Leather will also be on hand to assist youth with their projects as well as sell leathercraft project materials for all units and ages.

Registration is required by February 24 to your local Extension office and the cost is $5 which will cover lunch and project expenses.  If you are not enrolled in 4-H we will have enrollment forms available at Super Saturday so you can join 4-H, however, you will still need to preregister for Super Saturday by February 24.

This is the first Super Saturday event created and planned specifically for Southeast Area youth.  The three 4-H agents wanted to create an opportunity for prospective and current 4-H members to kickstart their 4-H year.  For more information please contact your local CSU Extension Office; Baca County 719-523-6971, Bent County 719-456-0764, Cheyenne County 719-767-5716, Crowley County 719-267-5243, Kiowa County 719-438-5321, Otero County 719-254-7608, Prowers County 719-336-7734. 4-H is a cooperative effort between CSU Extension and the County.

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02-03-14 CSU EXT NEWS: Local 4-H Youth attend Colorado Leadership Development Conference…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 3, 2014

Seven Washington County 4-H Members recently attended the Colorado 4-H Leadership Development Conference in Denver.  Members on the trip included (left to right): Madison Thompson, Tyler Wylie, Shayna Mason, Aziah Busing, Layne McCaleb, Lynde McCaleb, and Alexys McGuire.  Not pictured is CSU Extension Program Associate Jamie Jo Axtell.

Seven Washington County 4-H Members recently attended the Colorado 4-H Leadership Development Conference in Denver. Members on the trip included (left to right): Madison Thompson, Tyler Wylie, Shayna Mason, Aziah Busing, Layne McCaleb, Lynde McCaleb, and Alexys McGuire. Not pictured is CSU Extension Program Associate Jamie Jo Axtell.

CSU Extension LogoSubmitted by:  Jamie Axtell, CSU Extension Program Associate

Approximately 200 Colorado 4-H members came together recently for the Colorado 4-H Leadership Development Conference (LDC) held in Denver at the Renaissance Hotel on January 25-26.  Youth members spent two days learning about how to “Kindle the Fire in 4-H” while gaining skills in leadership, team building, public speaking and community service.  Throughout the two day event, attendees were split into multiple think-tank groups and asked to develop a short presentation about the topic of bullying.  At the end of two days, all of the group presentations were given in front of an audience of youth and advisors during a 4-H rally.

Attendees from Washington County included Aziah Busing, Layne McCaleb, Lynde McCaleb, Madison Thompson, Shayna Mason, Tyler Wylie, Alexy McGuire and chaperone Jamie Jo Axtell.  The event is held annually and is open to all 4-H members age 14-19.  To learn more about this and other opportunities in 4-H, contact your local Extension Office today.

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01-31-14 *CSU Ext News* Southeast Area 4-H Leaders Recognized for Service…

Posted by Brian Allmer on January 31, 2014

Dawn James AwardMary Alton AwardWritten & Submitted to BARN Media by: Amy Kelley, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Cheyenne and Kiowa Counties

Southeast Area – Two 4-H leaders from the Southeast Area were recognized as Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Leaders at the 2014 Leadership Development Conference. Dawn James from Kiowa County and Mary Alton from Baca County were recognized at a banquet on January 25, 2014.

Dawn James has volunteered sixteen years (officially) as a 4-H leader in Kiowa County. As the leader of the Prairie Queen 4-H Club she has seen the club grow to over thirty members. Besides just her 4-H club Dawn has been elected leader advisor of the Kiowa County 4-H Council numerous times. Her and her husband, Louis, took on responsibility of the Kiowa County 4-H Horse Program, including coordinating two shows annually. It didn’t matter what the activity was and what role she needed to serve Dawn was quick to volunteer. Also, she attended many state 4-H functions as a chaperone. Dawn and Louis have four children, all of whom have went quite successfully through the 4-H program, Jennifer, Brian, Jessica, and Alicia. Dawn has stepped down as a 4-H leader this fall, but her efforts will have a lasting impact on Kiowa County 4-H.

Mary Alton started her 4-H career as a member of the Helping Hands 4-H Club in Springfield, CO where she participated in projects such as sewing, childcare, cooking, and home furnishing. She has three children that have all been active members of 4-H. She started and is the club organizational leader for the Whispering Winds 4-H Club. In addition, she is the president of the Baca County Shooting Sports program and the archery project leader where she spends countless hours assisting the archery 4-H members become extremely successful in the archery project. She has been instrumental in expanding the shooting sports program and especially the archery project in Baca County. She is a member of the Baca County Fair board, and she can be seen at various 4-H functions always giving a helping hand and support to the 4-H youth. She always keeps a smile on her face and has a positive attitude, and she never asks for anything in return. She has been a diligent 4-H member and leader for over 20 years in Baca County.

For more information on 4-H please contact your local CSU Extension Office; Baca County 719-523-6971, Bent County 719-456-0764, Cheyenne County 719-767-5716, Crowley County 719-267-5243, Kiowa County 719-438-5321, Otero County 719-254-7608, Prowers County 719-336-7734 or you can find us on the web at http://www.extension.colostate.edu/SEA. CSU Extension offers up-to-date, unbiased, research based information to families in Southeast Colorado. CSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

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01-30-14 District VI takes over National Western Stock Show…

Posted by Brian Allmer on January 30, 2014

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

Southeast Area—The dust from National Western Stock Show has finally settled and District VI 4-H members took the annual show by storm.  4-H members competed in market goat, market swine and Catch-A-Calf (CAC) and placed well throughout the course of the show.

The first weekend of NWSS had Lakota Roberson, Kiowa County, showing her CAC that she caught at the 2013 contest.  She was sponsored by the Flying Diamond Ranch throughout the course of her project year.  The CAC program begins by catching a calf during a PRCA rodeo performance at NWSS.  The CAC members then gather in May for a sponsor breakfast at the NWSS grounds where they meet their calf sponsors and pick up a market steer or heifer.  Over the next seven months the exhibitors write their sponsors monthly about the daily care and progress of their market calf.  The exhibitors also complete a record book which will be judged when they bring their calf to show at NWSS.  This year we had two new CAC members, Alex Hishinuma, Kiowa County and Angelina Downing, Prowers County.  Both members caught and will begin the CAC program in May with the sponsor breakfast and the selection of their market steer.  “The best part so far was being able to catch a calf in front of so many people,” Downing said.

“The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Program is great for exposing youth to the beef industry. They are able to experience raising a steer from weaning to finish. They also learn about different facets that go into beef production, including managing growth, making feed decisions, and keeping records. I would recommend the program to all youth with an interest in beef production,” Amy Kelley, Cheyenne County 4-H agent said.

District VI had eight market goat exhibitors; Rod Hall, Crowley County; Cassidy Jagers, Kiowa County; Jakob Juul, Otero County; Lexy Koehn, Leandra Melgoza, Makendra, Makayla and Makenzie Torres, Prowers County.  All the exhibitors had animals place throughout the classes and in showmanship.

Amber Comer, Prowers County, was the lone market swine exhibitor and she placed with one of her hogs.

“The Southeast Area was well represented at that NWSS. It was great to see so many youth from the area showing at the national level,” Kelley said.

If your child is interested in joining 4-H or you would like further information on the 4-H program, please contact your local CSU Extension Office; Baca County 719-523-6971, Bent County719-456-0764, Cheyenne County 719-767-5716, Crowley County 719-267-5243, Kiowa County 719-438-5321, Otero County 719-254-7608, Prowers County 719-336-7734. 4-H is a cooperative effort between CSU Extension and the County.

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01-27-14 Help Support the 4-H Memorial Endowment at the 50th CO Farm Show Jan 28-29-30…

Posted by Brian Allmer on January 27, 2014

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CLICK HERE to visit the CO Farm Show website….

Weld County 4H Extension logoWELD COUNTY, CO – The Colorado State University Weld County 4-H Extension Office invites everyone to attend the Colorado Farm Show, Jan. 28 – 30. Stop by booth 232 in the 4-H building and donate to the Jean Hoshiko Memorial Endowment. Donations of $20 or more will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an iPad. Winner does not need to be present to win.

The Endowment, which will help secure Weld County 4-H programs for future generations, was named in honor of Jean Hoshiko. The Hoshiko family was, and continues to be, strong supporters of the 4-H program in Weld County.

Those who donate between $1 and $9 will receive a red heart to write their name on and display at the booth during the show. Donors giving between $10 and $19 will receive a green heart they can write their name on. Donors giving $20 or more will receive a gold heart to write their name on and will be entered in a drawing to win an iPad. The winning name will be drawn on the last day of the show. The person whose name is drawn does not have to be present to win.

“We’d like everyone to stop by our booth and learn more about 4-H in Weld County and donate to the Endowment, which will help us continue the great 4-H programs for Weld County youth,” said Keith Maxey, Director of the CSU Weld County Extension Office.

To learn more about the endowment, including the types of gifts that can be donated to the foundation, contact Keith Maxey, director of the CSU Weld County Extension office at 970-304-6535, ext. 2065 or go towww.weld4h.org.

The Colorado Farm Show runs Jan. 28 – 30 at Island Grove Park in Greeley. Show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday. Admission and educational classes are free. For more information about the 50th CO Farm Show – CLICK HERE

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01-08-14 Alumni and Friends of Colorado State University can Save on Tickets to CSU Day Jan 18th at the 108th NWSS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on January 8, 2014

CSU logos combined108th NWSS 2014 logoFORT COLLINS - CSU Day at the National Western Stock Show – Saturday, Jan. 18 – will be filled with rodeo, giveaways, pictures with CAM the Ram and plenty of green and gold.

A $17-$22 rodeo ticket includes entry to the Stock Show grounds, the 11 a.m.Pro Rodeo, mutton bustin’ competitions, entertainment and more.

For more information, call (303) 376-2624 or (800) 286-2586, or e-mail denver@ar.colostate.edu. To purchase tickets, visit http://col.st/19ZhcLQ and click on the registration link. Be sure to enter the promo code, NWSSCSU.

CSU System Chancellor Mike Martin and other members of the Board of Governors will kick off the 11 a.m. rodeo with an entrance on the National Western Stock Show’s stage coach. CSU football players also will be featured at the rodeo on CSU Day in honor of the team’s victory over Washington State in this year’s Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

The National Western Stock Show is Jan. 11-26 at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. Plan to stop by the CSU exhibit booth on the third floor of the Hall of Education for information on academic programs, free giveaways and more.

Colorado State University has a long and storied connection to the National Western Stock Show, one of Denver’s and the Rocky Mountain West’s most anticipated annual traditions for over a century. Today, the partnership between the National Western Stock Show and Colorado State remains strong.

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12-31-13 *CO 4H News* The Hope Center meets the Code of the West…

Posted by Brian Allmer on December 31, 2013

4H Logophoto 1By Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—Prowers County 4-H and The Hope Center have partnered to deliver Code of the West Happy Trails curriculum to third, through sixth graders.  The first principle the Hope Center youth have worked through is respect.  They have identified how it relates to their community, those around them and to themselves.  Lacey Mann and Kaye Kasza, Southeast Area agents, have delivered the program.

            “The Hope Center is an ideal set-up to deliver this fast paced, interactive program to all ages.  Lori Hammer and the entire staff have been delightful to work with and I look forward to more programming in 2014,” Mann said.       

            Twice a week the agents meet at the center to work with third and fourth graders one day and fifth and sixth graders the other day.  By breaking up these two age groups the lessons are delivered in a hands on environment. 

“This curriculum uses applied activities to help youth and adults think beyond their surroundings.  I have youth work through a variety of activities; some are individual and the others are team oriented, this way they develop self-confidence and working relationships,” Mann said.  Read the rest of this entry »

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12-31-13 *CO 4H News* Bent and Las Animas Community Center Partner with 4-H…

Posted by Brian Allmer on December 31, 2013

4H Logophoto (1)By Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—Over the past two months Bent County Extension agents Kaye Kasza and Lacey Mann have been working with third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders to deliver the Happy Trails Code of the West curriculum.  The first principle in Happy Trails is respect which includes building an understanding to make the community better, strengthening the relationship around you and building self-confidence.

“The Code of the West curriculum is interactive and applicable to all types of learning styles, especially kinetic.  We are very fortunate to have built a relationship with the community center and with these children,” Lacey Mann, CSU Extension 4-H agent said.

Once a week Kasza and Mann would meet at the center and break the youth into two groups; third and fourth graders in one group and fifth and sixth in the other.  The youth would work through a physical activity then into a stationary activity. 

“The best part about this curriculum is that is uses practical activities to help youth and adults think outside of the box.  I have youth play capture the flag and when the game is over I ask them if they learned something and it only takes a few seconds for them to think it over and say teamwork or communication,” Mann said.

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12-31-13 *CO 4H News* District VI takes on National Western Round-Up…

Posted by Brian Allmer on December 31, 2013

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

Southeast Area—District VI is sending a livestock quiz bowl team and a grand champion artistic clothing model to the 2014 National Western Round-Up Competition January 9 through 12 in Denver, Colo.  Rhett Larsen, Chad Russell, Blake Muller and Joel Souders make up the livestock quiz bowl team and Kylee Holden will compete in the modeling contest.  The livestock quiz bowl team consists of members from Crowley, Otero and Prowers counties, Holden is from Prowers County.

“As a co-superintendent of this national quiz bowl contest I am even more excited to have our District VI team be the first Colorado team to compete in this livestock quiz bowl contest.  I am truly grateful for Crop Risk Advisor’s support to help make this quiz bowl possible,” Lacey Mann, Prowers and Bent Counties 4-H Agent said.  “This is the first year in over five years that we have had any representation from our corner of the state and I know the team and Holden will do well.”

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