05-06-19 Tractor Supply’s Spring Paper Clover Program Raises $917,954 for 4-H Youth Nationwide

Tractor Supply’s Spring Paper Clover Program Raises $917,954 for 4-H Youth Nationwide

Donations collected during two-week campaign will send 4-H youth to camps and other
hands-on programming

May 6, 2019 – Hundreds of 4-H youth from across the country will have the opportunity to participate in valuable hands-on learning experiences as a result of Tractor Supply Company’s Paper Clover spring fundraiser. Tractor Supply customers and team members raised $917,954 in only 12 days during the Paper Clover campaign by making donations in-store and online across the country. A biannual program, Paper Clover is in partnership with the National 4-H Council.

“Tractor Supply customers and team members continue to show support to 4-H youth through the Paper Clover campaign because they recognize the lasting impact that 4-H programs have on youth in their communities,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “The impact of the Paper Clover program is proven by the important opportunities it presents to 4-H youth nationwide. We are proud to work with our customers and team members to make a difference in the lives of these young people.” Continue reading

04-23-19 USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 – Food waste is a problem everyone can tackle, including our nation’s youth. As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is launching Ace the Waste! A student competition for food waste reduction ideas. This first-ever competition calls on students to come up with creative solutions to reduce food loss and waste in the United States.

The problem of food waste affects everyone. More than one third of food in the U.S. is lost or wasted. This amounts to 133 billion pounds, or $161 billion worth of food each year. Food is the single largest type of waste in landfills. Students age 11 to 18 are encouraged to submit proposals on reducing food loss and waste anywhere along the supply chain, from the farm to the dinner table and beyond. Topic ideas for the proposal include: Continue reading

03-21-19 Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee

Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee

Denver, CO – The Senate Education Committee this afternoon voted 3-to-2 to pass SB19-171, Apprenticeships and Vocational Technical Training, a bill sponsored by Senator Jessie Danielson (D-Jefferson County) to increase awareness of apprenticeship and vocational technical training programs in Colorado. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“Every Coloradan deserves a fair shot at success, but no one follows the exact same path,” said Senator Danielson. “Apprenticeship and vocational training programs can give Coloradans a pathway to good-paying jobs and stable careers, but in order to make these valuable programs more accessible to all Coloradans, we need to make sure people know they exist.” Continue reading

02-28-19 CFB: ‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). As part of ASAP, March 3-9 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “Safety: Know Your Limits.”

A different safety focus will be highlighted by Colorado Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers each day of the week: (Listen to the PSA’s below)

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12-31-18 Check out the 2019 Colorado Farm Show Online Brochure!

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 CO Farm Show Brochure online…

Mark your Calendars!

The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show is set for January 29-31, 2019 in Greeley, Colorado

The Colorado Farm Show Board and volunteers hope you are making plans to attend the 2019 Colorado Farm Show. This 55th Annual event is one of the largest – and oldest – farm shows in the nation. The 3-day show will be held January 29, 30 & 31, 2019 at the Island Grove Regional Park, Weld County in Greeley, Colorado.

To see a complete schedule and view the online brochure for the 55th Colorado Farm Show, Jan 29-31, 2019, please visit www.coloradofarmshow.com. 

There is no admission fee to attend, simply a $5 parking fee, which includes complimentary shuttle service from your car to the front door. There is no limit on how many people you can load in your car, truck, semi or tractor for that matter…So, we hope YOU are making plans to attend each and every day!

Here are some ag facts to ponder about agriculture in Colorado and our host location of Weld County: Continue reading

01-25-19 The NWSS Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record

Kassidy Bremer, showed her 1,369-pound Reserve Grand Champion Steer – CLICK HERE to watch the NWSS Webcast Archive

The National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record 

DENVER, CO – The standing-room-only crowd at the 2019 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for an all-time record of $150,000. The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $480,000. The Grand Champion Hog sold for $70,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for an impressive $90,000.
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. The Scholarship Trust funds scholarships in agriculture studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education. For more information regarding the Scholarship Trust, please visit nationalwestern.com/educational-support/.
The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9NEWS at 6:30 p.m., and the exciting results are as follows:

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WELD COUNTY, CO — The Colorado 4-H Dairy Judging team has been invited to attend the International Dairy Judging Tour in Scotland and Ireland. The tour takes place from June 19 to July 3, 2019. Continue reading

01-14-19 National Western Stock Show Opens Doors with Record Sunday

National Western Stock Show Opens Doors with Record Sunday

DENVER, CO – *CORRECTED* The National Western Stock Show opened its doors Saturday, January 12th, with record attendance.  The super Saturday recorded 837 more guests than the year before, setting a new opening Saturday record of 53,806 guests.  The previous opening day record was 52,969 guests. The Stock Show grounds were also bustling Sunday, marking a successful opening weekend.

“These are the best sixteen days in January, and we are delighted so many people came out to celebrate Colorado’s Western tradition with us this weekend,” said Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show President and CEO. “Between the exciting pro rodeos, barbecues and fiddle competitions, it was a tremendous way to kick-off the one hundred and thirteen-year-old event.”
The 2019 Stock Show will continue through January 27th, and there is much more to look forward to. From PBR Bull Riding, pro rodeos, MLK Jr. Rodeo to Xtreme Dogs shows, Wild West shows and world-class horse shows, there is so much more to see and do.
Tuesday, January 15th, is Free Grounds Admission Day, compliments of Arrow Electronics. It includes a host of activities with the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows, the National Western Nursery of baby animals, Coors Western Art gallery, Colorado’s largest western trade show, and more. Parking is free in National Western parking lots along with complimentary shuttle services.
Grounds admission and event tickets are on sale now at nationalwestern.com, all King Soopers locations and the National Western box office.

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The 2019 Weld County Fair Royalty Court was officially announced and coronated by Weld County Commissioner Scott James and Weld County Fair Board President Tracy Axton on January 7th.

Camy Seelhoff, a senior at Valley High School and the daughter of Kelly and Fred Seelhoff of Greeley was named 2019 Weld County Fair Queen. Shelby Tveten, a junior at Roosevelt High School, and daughter of Bruce and Linda Tveten of Johnstown was named 2019 Weld County Fair Attendant. The Royalty court was rounded out with Mayzie Helzer an 8th grader at Platte Valley Middle School and daughter of Jeremy and Kim Helzer of LaSalle, named as the 2019 Weld County Fair Princess.  Continue reading

12-20-18 The Weld County 4-H Showcase is on January 5th in Greeley, CO

The Weld County 4-H Showcase is on January 5th in Greeley, CO

December 20, 2018 – The 4-H Showcase is quickly approaching!  Have you ever wondered what 4-H is all about?!  The Weld County 4-H Showcase is on January 5th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Exhibition Building at Island Grove (525 N 15th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631).  We will have hands on activities that relate to 4-H projects for youth ages 5 to 18!  Current 4-H members will also have projects that they have made available to view.  Hands on activities include shaker-bottles for Cloverbuds, leathercraft, chickens, goats, shooting sports, scrapbooking and many more!!  This is a great opportunity to see 4-H firsthand and learn how to join!

4-H offers numerous projects for members to build life skills such as leadership, teamwork and record keeping in projects ranging from entomology to rabbits, dairy cattle to cake decorating, and goats to rockets.  Throughout the year, youth will work on their projects and have the opportunity to showcase them at the Weld County Fair in July.  Along with projects, youth can also attend leadership conferences and events to meet others from the county and across the state.

New members have until March 1st to enroll however the earlier you join the better!  Youth ages 5-18 as of December 31st are eligible to participate in the program.  If you have any questions about the program, 4-H Showcase or the enrollment process, please contact Kim at 970-400-2079 or visit our website at http://www.weld4h.org

Kim Sterkel, Weld County 4-H/Youth Development Agent, Weld County Extension. 525 North 15th Avenue  , Greeley, Co 80631     970.400.2079    ksterkel@co.weld.co.us

Colorado State University Extension in Weld County provides unbiased research-based information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, animal and crop agriculture, and 4-H youth development.  As part of a nation-wide system, Extension brings the research and resources of the University to the community.  In Weld County the Extension office is at Island Grove Regional Park, 525 N. 15th Avenue, Greeley.  For more information, call (970) 400-2066, or visit the web site at www.co.weld.co.us/departments/extension/index.html.

11-29-18 Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Goats from 2019 NWSS to be displayed at the Denver Athletic Club

Photo courtesy of NWSS

Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Goats from 2019 NWSS to be displayed at the Denver Athletic Club

For 73 years now, our Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Livestock Auction Steers have joined patrons in the lobby of the Brown Palace for morning tea. This year, we’re adding a new animal to this fun tradition. The Grand and Reserve Champion Goats are headed to a different iconic site in urban Denver. They will be on display at the Denver Athletic Club on January 17th. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this inaugural event!

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Colorado Farm Show Announces 2019 Scholarships

Colorado Farm Show Announces 2019 Scholarships

GREELEY, CO- The Colorado Farm Show will award eleven graduating high school seniors a total of $23,000 to help with their higher education goals and expenses. Not too mention, two $1500 Secondary Scholarships will also be awarded to recipients as they continue the next year at their respective colleges.

The Colorado Farm Show Board would like to wish all recipients Good Luck in their future educational paths, including: Continue reading

11-26-18 In Memory of Charles Dixon Waneka

In Memory of Charles Dixon Waneka

FEBRUARY 11, 1921 ~ NOVEMBER 19, 2018 (AGE 97)

He loved history, and now, after 97 years of life, it his time to tell his story. Charles (Chuck) Waneka passed away on November 19, 2018.

Charles Dixon Waneka was born on February 11th, 1921 on the family farm in eastern Lafayette. He was the second child born to William P. Waneka and Bessie Dixon Waneka. His only sibling, Wilbur, was 18 months older than him. Continue reading

11-19-18 NWSS Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

Applications due December 1st!

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Morgan County

Fort Morgan – The deadline for participating in the 82nd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is fast approaching on December 1st. This long running program is an important part of the National Western Stock Show and is a great opportunity for 4-H members to learn about practical beef cattle management. Continue reading

11-05-18 Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn…

Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 5, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio inside the BARN with an update from the Colorado FFA Foundation is Executive Director Don Thorn, who discusses several topics including:


The Colorado FFA Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the more than 6,100 FFA members in Colorado’s 100 chapters. FFA is a national organization of 610,240 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.


11-02-18 In Memory of CO Ag Hall of Fame Member Benjamin H. Konishi

In Memory of CO Ag Hall of Fame Member Benjamin H. Konishi

Well known Alamosa resident and veterinarian Dr. Benjamin “Ben” H. Konishi, 92 died October 29, 2018 at the Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa.

Viewing will take place at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. The Graveside Service will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Alamosa Cemetery with a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. at the Ortega Middle School, 401 Victoria Ave. in Alamosa.

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09-27-18 Colorado Farm Show Scholarships DUE NOV 1st!

Colorado Farm Show Scholarships DUE NOV 1st!

The Colorado Farm Show is proud to announce an increased number of scholarships being offered to graduating Colorado High School Seniors. The scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Students who apply should be High School graduates in the Winter 2018 or Spring 2019 and planning on pursuing a degree in an Agricultural field of study at the College or University of their choice. To date, the Colorado Farm Show has awarded $169,000 in scholarships to Colorado graduating High School Seniors pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.

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10-04-18 Colorado 4-H Team Competes at National Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo!

Pictured L-R: Kyndall Tucker; Megan Podtburg; Morgynne Tucker; Awna Hirsch

Colorado 4-H Team Competes at National Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo!

The Colorado 4-H Dairy Judging team recently completed competition at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. The contest was held on October 1 in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo.

Team members were Awna Hirsch, Eaton, Megan Podtburg, Greeley, and Kyndall & Morgynne Tucker, Fort Collins. Coaching the team were Keith Maxey, Greeley, and Debbie Carpio, Kersey. A total of 91 individuals, from 24 teams across the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest. Continue reading