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

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below….



  • 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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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

Make plans to attend the 2015 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show July 10-11

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Briggsdale Classic Show Schedule

Friday, July 10th

Market Hog
  • 3:30 — 5:30 Check-in
  • 6 pm — Pee-wee, showmanship and market classes
Market Beef
  • 3-5PM — Pasture Beef Check-in
  • 4-5pm — Bucket Calf Check-in
  • 5pm — Bucket Calf Contest
  • 5:30 — Market, Breeding Beef Showmanship Jackpot Classes
  • Overall Championship

Saturday, July 11th

Market Lamb
  • 7-9am — Sponsors Breakfast
  • 7-9am — Market Lamb Weigh-in
  • 9:30am — Market Lamb Showmanship
  • 11am Market Lamb Jackpot Classes
  • Overall Market Lamb
Weld County Meat Goat Breeders Show
  • 7-8:30am — Weigh-in
  • 9am—Show
Market Goat
  • 10am-12pm — Market Goat Weigh-in
  • 1pm— Market Goat Showmanship
  • 3m Market Goat Jackpot Classes
  • Overall Market Goat
  • 3pm — Close FFA Dinner

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…

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(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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In case you missed the 2015 CO 4H State COnference Awards Ceremony – WATCH the webcast archive online, courtesy of BARN Media & the CO Ag News Network – CLICK HERE


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