09-01-15 Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth…

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2015 sale accumulated approximately $531,300.00 from the state’s most dedicated bidders. Last year’s sale totaled $481,200. This year has set the record sale for Grand Champion Market beef at $60,000. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.

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The 143rd CO State Fair Livestock Shows, Championships and Jr Livestock Sale Archives on Livestream…

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08-27-15 2016 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus registrations are now open!

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2016 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus registrations are now open!

With summer 2015 officially a wrap we are pleased to announce the opening of registration for 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus 2016!  We are expecting strong attendance in 2016 and the early weeks are already filling up – it’s never too early to secure your delegation’s space!

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

CWF is a program for 4-H’ers entering grades 10-12 that takes place at the National 4-H Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border.

  • Week 1: June 5-11– SOLD OUT
  • Week 2: June 12-18
  • Week 3: June 19-25
  • Week 4: June 26- July 2
  • Week 5: July 3- 9
  • Week 6: July 10-16
  • Week 7: July 17-23

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08-19-15 Monsanto: America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Awarding $10K Grants to Lone Star & Walsh Schools…


Two Colorado school districts, Lone Star & Walsh, will receive $10,000 Grants…

BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO (August 19th, 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


Starting January 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.

08-18-15 CSF News: The King is Calling for Bakers…

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The King is Calling for Bakers
PUEBLO, Colo. – King Arthur Flour invites you to compete in their “Yeast Roll Baking Contest” at the Colorado State Fair. The entry fee is only $5 with the top adult winning $75 and the top youth (14 and under) winning $50.
Bake your rolls from scratch using any type of King Arthur Flour. Any type or shape of yeast roll is welcome and each participant must present at least six rolls in any container of your choice. Creativity is strongly encouraged. This competition is for home bakers. No professional bakers allowed.
The contest will be held on September 3, 2015; registration is now open with an entry deadline of September 1, 2015. For contest details, official rules, and a list of other special contests, contact the Colorado State Fair general entry office at 719-404-2080 or visit http://www.coloradostatefair.com/p/events/competitive-events/231. Continue reading

08-14-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Wheat Trial Results Available…

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(Burlington, Colo.) Colorado State University (CSU) Extension wheat trial results are now available.  The CSU Wheat Testing Team has established on-farm dryland wheat testing sites at 24 locations throughout Eastern Colorado, stretching from Weld County to Baca County.  Six wheat varieties were selected for testing during the 2014-15 season which included:  Denali, Byrd, Sunshine (white), Snowmass (white), Brawl Cl Plus (Clearfield), and Grainfield (Westbred).  These on-farm tests included growing conditions at all levels and involved a host of volunteers for planting, managing and harvesting.  Wheat trials were planted and harvested with producer’s equipment with some treatments measuring 30 feet wide by 2400 feet long.Wheat Trial Results Continue reading

08-14-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Prowers County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Fund Drive Success…

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Prowers County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Fund Drive Success

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

Southeast Area—The Prowers County 4-H Foundation kicked off the inaugural college scholarship fund drive this year and is pleased to announce the winners are Alicia Downing, Cody Duvall, Tracy Massar, and Gail Harvey. These individuals bought a chance in an effort to help build the Prowers County 4-H Foundation scholarship fund. Foundation has been awarding graduating seniors scholarships for over ten years and is hoping to increase funding opportunities to include low interest loan options. Continue reading

08-04-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Preserving the Abundance in the Garden…

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Food preservation has permeated every culture. To survive ancient man had to harness nature. In frozen climates he froze seal meat on the ice. In tropical climates he dried foods in the sun. Today we continue to practice a variety of preservation techniques, these include canning, pickling, freezing and drying. Continue reading

07-28-15 The 2015 Plain Pedaler Correspondent Contest…

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Pedal The Plains is looking for three or four enthusiastic riders who share the Tour’s excitement for bike culture in Colorado’s Eastern Plains to join forces and become “Plain Pedalers”. Plain Pedalers will help capture the spirit of Pedal The Plains and tell the story of this fall’s ride and the culture of cycling.

What does it mean to be a Plain Pedaler?

Plain Pedalers will get one free entry into Pedal The Plains 2015. They will have the opportunity to tell their story by sharing photos of training, riding and exploring the state during the event, as well as during the weeks leading up to the ride. All of their content will be featured on the Pedal The Plains website and shared by Pedal The Plains social media. They’ll also help spread the word about PTP and encourage folks to register throughout the summer.

Who is the ideal Plain Pedaler?

The ideal Plain Pedaler is someone with an interesting perspective and a knack for storytelling or photo taking. They are willing to write a blog post every couple of weeks in the months leading up to the ride, and to post stories or photos every day during the event itself. They are savvy on social media, and willing to participate in conversations and sharing their work online. They are outgoing and interested in being an ambassador for Pedal The Plains.

New for the 2015 Plain Pedaler Program

This year Plain Pedalers will help spread the word of Pedal The Plains by taking on the roll of being ambassadors for the Tour. This roll includes attending local events, talking about Pedal The Plains and passing out informational materials. These events do not need to be cycling related. They can be anything from neighborhood farmers market to the weekly run clubs. Along with providing Plain Pedalers a list of event examples, PTP organizers will also send informational materials with a personalized registration code for participants to use when signing up for the Tour. After registration has closed, the Plain Pedaler who has encouraged the most cyclists to sign up for the Tour will receive a free entry into the 2016 Pedal The Plains.

Entries are due July 31st!

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07-27-15 CSF News: Colorado State Fair Contests Honor Man’s Best Friend…

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair’s General Entry Department provides an opportunity for all Coloradans to participate in the Fair through 1,500 different contests. This year, two new contests feature man’s best friend in the “Hot Diggity! Dog Days”competitions.
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07-23-15 CSF News: Beef Showdown Brings Families Together…

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The second annual “Beef Showdown” at the Colorado State Fair creates family-friendly competition as father/daughter or mother/son teams vie for blue ribbon glory.  Each team will receive a mystery basket made up of six locally grown products. It will be their challenge to use all of the products to create a wonderful culinary masterpiece consisting of an entrée, side dish, and a dessert.
The Showdown, sponsored by the Colorado CattleWomen, is free to enter with a total of $750 in cash prizes. Two teams will compete at the same time and must finish in the time allowed for reviewing their basket and creating their plan, cooking, plating, and naming their recipes.
The contest consists of two heats on August 30, 2015; registration is now open with an entry deadline of August 7, 2015.
The Colorado CattleWomen will choose four sets of father/daughter or mother/son teams from the entries submitted.
For contest details, official rules, and a list of other special contests, contact the Colorado State Fair general entry office at 719-404-2080 or visithttp://www.coloradostatefair.com/p/events/competitive-events/231. Continue reading

07-21-15 CSU Ext – SEA: Independence Adventure Campers…

CSU Ext SE COIMG_5008By Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—Colorado State University Prowers County Extension partnered with the Prowers County 4-H Council, Prowers County Land Use and Environmental Health, Prowers Soil Conservation District, Holly National Resources Conservation Service, Colorado State University Extension Agents and community volunteers to host the first ever Independence Adventure Camp June 29 through July 1 at the Sand and Sage Fairgrounds. Campers came from Lamar and Wiley and counselors were from Granada, Wiley, and Lamar.

In February, CSU Extension agents, Amy Kelley and Lacey Mann, attended and presented at the National Camping and Environmental Institute Conference (NCEEI) outside Atlanta, Ga. NCEEI was a biannual conference for Extension educators to learn about camp, environmental education curriculum, evaluation techniques, and how to organize day and overnight camps. Kelley and Mann returned from the conference inspired to develop day camp activities for the Southeast Area.   The Independence Adventure Camp was the first day camp following NCEEI.

Independence Adventure delivered science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), environmental education, nutrition, baking, sewing, Santa Fe Trail history, Code of the West, Ag Innovators, swimming, robotics, rocket building, and Pinterest crafting. Workshops were led by the Prowers County 4-H Council officers, Kylee Holden, Miranda Morgan, Makendra Torres, Angelina Downing, Ashlyn Crossland, Callie Bennett, Dominque Cardinelli, Sam Steward, Roni and Neal Vallejos, Berta Downing, Mallory Sikes, Kaye Kasza, Amber Freouf, Glenn Kirmer, and Rick Sanchez. Continue reading

07-21-15 Sand and Sage Round-Up Show Times…


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Southeast Area—The Prowers County Livestock Committee, Horse Committee and Sand and Sage Round-Up Fair Board have worked diligently to set a full schedule of activities for the 2015 fair. The horse show will kick off the fair Saturday, July 25 at the Sand & Sage Pavilion. Entry begins at 8:00 a.m. and the show starts at 9:00 a.m.

There have been a few minor changes to the junior market livestock shows that the community should mark on their calendars so you do not miss the exciting action. The junior market swine show will be Wednesday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 6 will have a full day with market beef beginning at 9:30 a.m., market sheep at 11:00 a.m. and market goat at 4:00 p.m. The Champion Showman Round Robin will be Friday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m.

4-H projects will be on display in the Home Economics building Tuesday, August 4, swing by to see all of the talented cooks, cake decorators, fashion designers, photographers, woodworkers, rocket builders, leather crafters and more. Members have worked over the past year to fine tune their skills, improve their craftsmanship, and enhance existing leadership and community service. Continue reading


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Denver, CO – July 20, 2015— The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour is calling all artists to be a part of the 4th annual poster art challenge! We’re looking for one artistic poster to represent the 2015 Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour. The winning poster will be sold at the event.

The poster contest winner will receive a bike donated from Project ReCycle, a framed poster courtesy of Frame de Art and recognition of their poster across all Pedal The Plains social media networks and website. A portion of the proceeds for every poster sold will be donated to the winner’s charity of choice.

Contestants can submit their artwork now through July 27th. All entries will continue on to the voting process through social media. The Facebook voting procedure will take place from July 29th – August 12th. Friends and family can vote for posters by “liking” the creative on our Facebook page. The final poster will be chosen based on the number of likes received and a panel of judges. The winner will be contacted between August 13th – 14th and announced on our social media networks on the 18th. Artists may submit up to three poster entries.

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07-16-15 Inside the CDA w/Deputy Agriculture Commissioner & CSF General Manager Chris Wiseman…

CDA Deputy Ag COmmissioner Chris WisemanCDA NEW main logo 051414(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) July 16th, 2015 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics this month. Wiseman is the acting Colorado State Fair General Manager as well.

This month’s interview topics include:

  • CO State Fair Audit Recommendations
  • New CDA Price Reports
  • Animal Health Update (VS & West Nile Virus)
  • & MORE

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  • 2014 Colorado State Fair average daily attendance 45,338
  • 2015 National Western Stock Show average daily attendance 42,658
  • 2013 Colorado State Fair average daily attendance 43,360
  • 2014 National Western Stock Show daily attendance 40,001
  • The highest average daily attendance for the National Western was in 2006 at 45,435.
  • The highest average daily attendance for CSF was in 2009 at 47,023.
  • The National Western has a 16 day schedule while the CSF is at 11 days.

$2,259,223.29 in CSF Premiums & Sale Monies Paid from 2004 – 2010

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07-14-15 CSU SEA Extension News: Colorado State 4-H Conference…

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StateConfBy Amy Kelley and Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agents, Southeast Area

Southeast Area—Colorado State University’s campus was the site of the 2015 State 4-H Conference. This annual event was held June 23rd through 26th.  The theme this year was “Power of Green.” The Southeast Area had 17 youth, one adult leader and two Extension agents representing the area. 4-H members participated in leadership workshops, competed in contests, and received awards.

District VI 4-H members competed in the parliamentary procedure contest, consumer bowl and livestock judging. Members of the parliamentary procedure team were Miranda Morgan and Kylee Holden from Prowers County, Cameryn Martin from Kiowa County, and Lexi Mayo and Tori Gregory from Otero County. The parliamentary procedure team was named state champions and will go on to represent Colorado at the Western Round-up Parliamentary Procedure Contest in January.

Representing the Southeast Area in livestock judging was the Otero County Livestock Judging team with members Jakob Juul, and Gabri Leone. Jakob was 8th in sheep & goats, 2nd in swine, 3rd in swine reasons, 7th in cattle reasons, 4th in placings, 5th in reasons, and 3rd overall. The team was coached by Dr. Rick Leone.

The consumer bowl consisted of Miranda Morgan and Kylee Holden from Prowers County, Molly Stolzenberger from Kiowa County, and Kellie Hirakata and Kyle Hirakata from Otero County. Facing fierce competition the team walked away with a third place finish. Continue reading