05-19-17 WSSA Announces Officers to the Board of Directors and Seven New Trustees

Western Stock Show Association Announces Officers to the Board of Directors and Seven New Trustees 

Denver, CO.   –  During the Annual Meeting of the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA) today, the membership elected officers to serve on the Board of Directors as well as new Trustees to serve the Association.

Voted to serve as officers on the Board of the WSSA included Chairman of the Board, Pat Grant, and Vice Chairman of the Board, Doug Jones.  Pat Grant has served as Chairman for the past year.   Doug Jones is in his first year as Vice Chairman.   Sue Anschutz-Rodgers will serve as 1st Vice President, George G. “Buck” Hutchison 2nd Vice President, Secretary Mark Gustafson and Treasurer Terrance Carroll.  Pete Coors continues to be Chairman of the Capital Campaign, which is raising funds to be donated by the Association to the National Western Center for completion of the project.   Members of the Board of Directors include Justin Cumming, Don Elliman, Brooke Fox, Dr. Tony Frank, Gail Klapper, Guy McEndaffer, Barth Whitham, Ron Williams and President & CEO, Paul Andrews.

Paul Andrews stated, “In my seventh year as President and CEO of the WSSA, I am so blessed to have, what I consider to be, one of the most established and well-rounded Board of Directors in Colorado” said Andrews.  “As we look to the future, this group of leaders will enable us to climb to new heights and secure the future of the National Western Stock Show for generations to come.”

The Members of the WSSA also elected seven new Trustees as follows: Continue reading

05-18-17 NWSS CAC News: Meet The Kids and Calves of 2018

Meet The Kids and Calves of 2018

The NWSS Catch-A-Calf Program is Underway
Our 2018 Catch-A-Calf participants have been matched with their new projects for the upcoming year. They’ve headed home with their Hereford steers from the XIT Ranch in Plains, Kan., to prep for their big debut at next year’s National Western Stock Show.
The Catch-A-Calf kids are responsible for breaking, feeding and raising these calves for almost nine months. At NWSS 2018, they turn in a record book, give a speech on their experience, and complete an interview. After showing in showmanship and live evaluation, points are tabulated to determine the Grand and Reserve Grand steers, which will sell in the coveted Jr. Livestock Auction.
We had 55 kids apply for 40 spots in this year’s program. The final contestants include 23 kids from Colorado, 9 in Wyoming, 6 in Nebraska and 2 from Kansas. Best of luck to all throughout the coming year!

05-10-17 Octane Press: New Ag Literacy Tool for Young Children

New Children’s Book, Busy on the Farm Serves as  Ag Literacy Tool

Sixth in the Casey & Friends Series featuring Woman Farmer and STEM Aspects of Production Agriculture

AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 10, 2017) – Busy on the Farm: with Casey & Friends, the sixth in a series of books for children ages four through eight, is a fun and entertaining yet educational story about caring for livestock. It helps children understand the connection between agriculture and food production, highlighting the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) used every day in farming. With its entertaining and whimsical cartoon characters and educational content, Busy on the Farmcan help both farm and non-farm children learn about modern agriculture.

“Science and technology are at the heart of today’s agriculture,” says Holly Dufek, author of the Casey & Friends series. “Including STEM aspects of agriculture was a natural fit, and the book exposes young children to agriculture and science with the hope of exciting them about both.”

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05-04-17 Celebrate DENVER at the 2017 Denver County Fair July 21-23

 

Celebrate DENVER at the Denver County Fair, July 21-23, 2017

(Denver, Colo.) – The Denver County Fair is back and under new ownership. The Western Stock Show Association purchased the fair in February 2017 and is committed to continuing the unique event while adding some features as only National Western can do.

The urban county fair offers affordable family fun while showcasing Denver’s unique character and culture.  Bring the family and enjoy the largest DCF carnival yet, with more than 20 amusement rides, pony rides, camel rides and unicorn rides.  The indoor/outdoor fair will include over 12 unique pavilions, 6 stages with a variety of programming, local bands and talents, a ukulele contest, live contests that test your know-how and hot dog, pie and bug-eating contests. Continue reading

05-04-17 Morgan County REA Awards Scholarships

Morgan County REA Awards Scholarships

FORT MORGAN, CO – Morgan County Rural Electric Association is pleased to announce that twelve recipients have been selected for post-secondary college or vocational scholarships for 2017. This year Morgan County REA awarded five $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors and one $1,000 scholarship to a current post-secondary student that will be returning to college or trade school, with Tri-State Generation and Transmission offering two $500 scholarships and Basin Electric Power Cooperative sponsoring two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. MCREA also awarded two $7,500 scholarships to individuals who either are or will be attending electric lineworker school.

The recipients of the post-secondary college scholarships were selected by a panel comprised of MCREA members, directors and employees. 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. The electric cooperatives award the college scholarships to students whose families are members of Morgan County REA, with the exception of the Basin Cooperative Employee Scholarship, which is awarded to dependents of employees who work for electric cooperatives.

This year’s five $1,000 MCREA scholarship recipients for graduating seniors include: Continue reading

05-03-17 AgFest 2017 – Check out the Interviews w/CSU Extension Agents

Eastern Colorado fifth graders explore the science of embryology and witness the hatching of baby chickens during AgFest 2017.

Many of you may be able to personally identify with this quote from Mr. Jefferson, due to the fact that we live in a rural, predominately agricultural area.  However, our urban counterparts may be several generations removed from any form of production agriculture and do not understand the science behind the production of their food.  Even many of our youth, who will soon be the leaders and scientists of tomorrow, are losing sight of where food comes from and how it’s produced.  Colorado State University Extension agents and specialists recognized this concerning trend and created a program called AgFest 2017.  AgFest is an innovative, eclectic approach to help 5th and 6th grade students explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on educational workshops that supplement their school curriculum.

In order to deliver AgFest to a large audience of 5th and 6th grade students, the program travels to communities across eastern Colorado and one of the stops of this year’s tour was at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush, CO.

During the day-long program, students rotate through ten activity stations, typically in groups of 15-30 students.  The following stations for the 2017 AgFest event will focus on different science-based learning objectives related to these aspects of agriculture: Continue reading

04-20-18 2017 NWSS Catch-A-Calf Final Results Released

Wyatt and his steer, Gus, with his sponsors, Mrs. and Mrs. Scott Johnson.

2017 NWSS Catch-A-Calf Final Results Released

Story By: MyKayla Krentz, Paw Pals 4-H club member

A freshman at Wiley High School and Paw Pals 4-H club member, Wyatt Wollert, competed in the 2017 National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf program. This program was open to 4-H members ages twelve through nineteen. Continue reading

04-13-17 CICA: Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association accepting Intern Scholarship Applications

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CICA: Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association accepting Intern Scholarship Applications 

The Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association (CICA) is now accepting applications for a Summer Intern.  This program is open to all who are 18 and over and are a graduating high school senior or current college student.  Applications can be found on the CICA website www.coloica.com . The deadline for all applications is April 21, 2017. Continue reading

03-28-17 NWSS Scholarship Trust Awards $500K to Agriculture Students

National Western Scholarship Trust Awards $500,000 to Agriculture Students

CORRECTED – The National Western Scholarship Trust is excited to announce a $100,000 annual increase to its scholarship fund, expanding the value to $500,000 and more than 100 recipients studying throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Four major National Western Stock Show events contribute to the trust each year. These events include the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, the Citizen of the West dinner, the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions and the Boots ‘n Business luncheon.

“Through the dedication and hard work of our Board, committees, staff and volunteers at the National Western Stock Show as well as the supporters of our event, we are able to provide even greater impact to students studying agriculture throughout the region,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show.  “This is a great day for educating more youth in area colleges and as we continue to grow in the future, we plan to increase the scholarship support even more.” Continue reading

Beef Day Audio from 2017 Colorado Farm Show Beef Day, sponsored by the Colorado Beef Council and Emceed by Brian Allmer of The BARN…

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brian-allmer-of-the-barn.jpgGreeley, CO – January 23, 2017 – Once again this year, Brian Allmer of The BARN will be the emcee for BEEF DAY @ the 2017 CO Farm Show on January 24th from 9 am – 3:15 pm in Events Center Room A at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.

2017 CO Farm Show Beef Day presentations include: Continue reading

12-21-16 Announcing the Colorado Farm Show 2017 Scholarship Award Winners…

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Colorado Farm Show 2017 Scholarships

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Erich Ehrlich, CFS Marketing Committee Chairman

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 21, 2016 – Since 1965, the CO Farm Show has been a long-standing agriculture tradition in the state.The annual three-day event will take place on Jan 24-25-26 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, CO and it features almost 350 ag-related exhibits and draws more than 30,000 visitors from throughout the region interested in learning more about ag products, services, and machinery. And volunteers with a love for agriculture make it happen. Not only that but the CO Farm Show also GIVES BACK by way of scholarships…in fact counting this year’s awards…the Colorado Farm Show, will have awarded $186,000 in scholarships to Colorado’s graduating High School Seniors that pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to announce the 2017 CO Farm Show Scholarship recipients is  Erich Ehrlich,  Chairman of the Marketing Committee…

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The Colorado Farm Show will award eight graduating high school seniors and two college students a total of $23,000 to help with their higher education goals. Six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $4,000 renewable Colorado Farm Show Scholarships, two $1,500 Colorado Farm Show Secondary Scholarships will be awarded on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at a banquet held in the recipient’s 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 $186,000.

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01-23-17 Western Spirit Alive at the 111th National Western Stock Show – Final Sunday Sets Attendance Record

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets - CLICK HERE

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets – CLICK HERE

Western Spirit Alive at the 111th National Western Stock Show – Final Sunday Sets Attendance Record

Denver, CO. – The 2017 National Western Stock Show finished strong with the third highest overall attendance in Stock Show history at 684,580 visitors.  The largest Stock Show attendance was in 2006 for the 100th Anniversary with 726,972 guests.   The 2017 show reported a record closing Sunday with 42,661 fans enjoying Guest Appreciation Day.  “We are thrilled with the number of guests that came out to help us celebrate,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show.   “These numbers are tremendous.  Any time we see more than 650,000 people in 16 days, we are ecstatic.” Continue reading

01-20-17 NWSS ​Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets - CLICK HERE

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets – CLICK HERE

Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!

Denver, Colo. –The 2017 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a Stock Show record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $442,500. The standing room only crowd hollered as the Grand Champion Steer set a record selling for $135,000. The auction started with a bang when the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb sold for $34,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $6,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for a record-breaking $107,500, exceeding last year’s bid of $70,000.

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 top eight champion animals were shown by an all-girls cast and the results are listed below: Continue reading

01-12-17 Angus Foundation Heifer Package Raises More Than $265,000 for Youth, Education & Research

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Angus Foundation Heifer Package Raises More Than $265,000 for Youth, Education & Research

Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb., purchases Basin Lucy 6265, donated by Basin Angus Ranch, Joliet, Mont.

The Angus Foundation Heifer Package has been the premier fundraiser for the Angus Foundation to generate funds for Angus youth, education and research efforts. Generous Angus breeders from across the country stepped up as buyers on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Bull Sale in Denver, Colo., to raise $265,750 in support of the Angus Foundation.

It was standing room only in the historic Stadium Arena when the Angus Foundation Heifer Package sold for $170,000 to longtime Angus supporters, Charles W. and Judy Herbster of Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb. Continue reading

01-10-17 Champions named in NWSS junior Limousin show

Champions named in NWSS junior Limousin show

Members of the North American Limousin Junior Association paraded their Limousin and Lim-Flex entries in the 2017 National Western Stock Show junior show. The show was held Tuesday, January 10 in the NWSS Stadium Arena, Denver. Judge Jon DeClerck, Lubbock, Texas, evaluated the 18 Limousin and 34 Lim-Flex animals. Continue reading

01-04-17 Governor Hickenlooper Announces Colorado State Fair Commissioner Appointments

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Governor Hickenlooper Announces Colorado State Fair Commissioner Appointments

CSF in Pueblo logoThe Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners directs and supervises the Colorado State Fair and Industrial Exposition. The Fair is held annually at Pueblo for the display of livestock and agricultural, horticultural, industrial, mining, recreational, educational and scientific products of the State of Colorado. For terms expiring November 1, 2020:

  • Virginia “Ginny” Vietti of Frisco, a Democrat residing in the Second Congressional District, reappointed;
  • Ralph Paul Youngs of Steamboat Springs, an Unaffiliated residing in the Third Congressional District, appointed.

The 2017 CO State Fair Aug 25th – Sept 4th learn more online @ http://www.coloradostatefair.com/

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