09-29-16 CSU Ext-Weld County/WCLA hosting “Today’s Poultry Operations” Seminar in Greeley on Nov 5th…

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Weld County Extension and Weld County Livestock Association is presenting a Poultry Seminar– Today’s Poultry Operations on November 5th in Greeley.

Topics include: Avian Flu, Other Diseases and Biosecurity, Avian Surveillance Program, Quality Assurance/Bird Management, Meat Chickens & Turkeys, Water Fowl, Game Birds and Niche Marketing/Veterinary Feed Directives for Poultry.

It will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the 4-H Building, Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley, CO, from 9:00a – 4:00p (Check-in 8:30a-9:00a).

For Seminar Registration – CLICK HERE, or call 970-304-6535 for more information.

Registration is due by Wednesday, November 2, 2016.  

See you there!

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09-21-16 Inside the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority w/Jim Rubingh: Beginning Farmer Loans, Tax Deductions and more…

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The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is responsible for administering that program.  And joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this in more detail is Jim Rubingh, Executive Director of CADA

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The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is an independent public body established by statute in 1981. Its mission is to encourage the investment of private capital in the agricultural sector through the use of public financing for the purpose of making low-interest loans available to agricultural producers for specified uses. To learn more about the Colorado Agriculture Development Authority, or to apply for a Beginning Farmer Loan, please visit http://www.cadafarmloan.com/

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09-20-16 NRCS-CO News: FFA Students Prepare for Range Judging

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Six FFA Chapters gathered in the Jordan Ranch quonset located southeast of Briggsdale to learn about judging rangelands and practice their range plant identification skills.

Six FFA Chapters gathered in the Jordan Ranch quonset located southeast of Briggsdale to learn
about judging rangelands and practice their range plant identification skills.

FFA Students Prepare for Range Judging

By Ben Berlinger, NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist (ret.), Rocky Ford, CO

Six Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapters gathered in the Jordan Ranch quonset located southeast of Briggsdale, CO to learn about judging rangelands and practice their range plant identification skills.  The event took place on September 14th on the Jordan Cattle Ranch, and involved 60 students along with their Agriculture instructors.  These FFA Chapters were brought together with the common goal of becoming more proficient in evaluating and judging the condition and trend of rangeland sites in eastern Colorado as part of the Range Judging & Plant Identification Career Development Exercise (CDE).

The event was organized by Kevin Schlabach, Agriculture Instructor at Prairie High School in New Raymer, along with the West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD). Sponsors included the State Land Board, Emmett Jordan, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office in Greeley. The participating FFA chapters were Briggsdale, Grover, New Raymer (Prairie HS), Akron, Ovid and Karval.

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09-14-16 Six Chapters Participate in FFA Rangeland Judging Field Day SE of Briggsdale, CO

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(The BARN – SLY Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 14, 2016 – An FFA Rangeland Judging Field Day was held recently and six chapters participated including: Briggsdale, New Raymer, Grover, Ovid, Akron and Karval.

The event was held southeast of Briggsdale @ Weitzel Farms , compliments of Emmett Jordan of Jordan Angus & Jordan Cattle Company. It included educational presentations, like this one CLICK HERE, lunch and a field session.

The event was co-hosted by the West Greeley Conservation District, NRCS-CO and CO’s State Land Board and featured presentations by several representatives of each.

SLY Media’s Kayla Young & Alvaro Serey partnered up with the BARN for coverage of the event, which included several interviews and some video as well.

RAW AUDIO INTERVIEWS, courtesy of The BARN & SLY Media’s Kayla Young

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MORE RAW AUDIO INTERVIEWS TO COME

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VIDEO RECAP courtesy of The BARN & SLY Media’s Alvaro Serey – COMING SOON

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09-13-16 The 5th Annual Pedal The Plains is Hitting the Road…

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The fifth annual Pedal The Plains is hitting the road!

Denver, Colo.— The Denver Post Community Foundation, the Office of Governor John
Hickenlooper and presenting sponsor Viaero Wireless are excited to hit the road for the fifth annual Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour beginning September 16th. The ride will spin through southeastern Colorado along its three-day, 154-mile journey. Participants will visit scenic, historical, agricultural and educational stops in route to the three overnight host communities: Ordway, Fowler and La Junta. Continue reading

09-06-16 The 144th Annual Colorado State Fair Comes to a Close

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144th Annual Colorado State Fair Comes to a Close

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2016 Colorado State Fair has ended its 11-day run as Colorado’s premier celebration of youth and agriculture.
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CSF General Manager, Sarah Cummings

“I’m thrilled with the educational opportunities we provided, our efforts to highlight the importance of agriculture, and the impressive projects exhibited by the 4-H and FFA youth,” said General Manager, Sarah Cummings.

This year 466,576 people attended the Colorado State Fair; in 2015, 500,207 people attended the Fair.
“There are a number of ways to evaluate the success of a fair. Overall attendance is one measure; revenues, intrinsic value and customer experience are other valuable measures. Preliminary figures reflect increases in carnival revenue and admission paid at the gate,” said Cummings. “More importantly, there is an overwhelming buzz regarding the positive experience our customers had while attending the Colorado State Fair – that is the true reward.”
“I look forward to evaluating this year’s fair with staff and our board to develop new and exciting ideas for the 2017 Colorado State Fair,” Cummings continues.
Highlights from the 2016 Colorado State Fair:

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09-01-16 WCF JUNIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION RESULTS IN LARGE FOOD BANK DONATION

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Weld County, CO – Following the 2016 Weld County Fair, the Weld County Junior Livestock Auction kicked off, where roughly 245 kids presented their prized livestock for sale. This event was more than just a sale, however, according to Michael Frink, Chairman of the Junior Livestock Sale Committee: “The Junior Livestock Sale gives the opportunity for members to make extra money that hopefully can be used to go to college or to prepare themselves to go into production agriculture in the near future.” More than $700,000 worth of livestock was sold this year, stated Frink.

“It’s great to see all the work these 4H kids put in throughout the year pay off,” stated Commissioner Julie Cozad, coordinator for Extension Services this year. “Its hard work, and these kids did an exceptional job.” Continue reading

08-30-16 Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 142nd CO State Fair...CLICK HERE

WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 144th CO State Fair…CLICK HERE

Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 53rdColorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2016 sale accumulated approximately $524,700 from generous buyers supporting the state’s agricultural youth. This year also set the record sale for Grand Champion Market beef at $62,000 by Sam Brown & Family.
“Over the past 37 years, the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale has raised $9,794,289 for the youth involved in Colorado’s 4-H and FFA programs. This sale is a reflection of their dedication to the animals and the agricultural community,” said State Fair General Manager, Sarah Cummings. “I’d also like to thank the generous philanthropists who come out to support these amazing kids; the sale would not be possible without them.”
This year, the Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale added turkeys to the sale lineup. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture. Last year’s sale totaled $534,650. PRELIMINARY totals for the sale are available athttp://www.coloradostatefair.com/events/2016/2016-colorado-touchstone-energy-junior-livestock-sale.
Grand & Reserve Champion
Exhibitor Name & Hometown
Buyer
Bid
Grand Beef
Julia Frye, Johnstown, CO
Sam Brown & Family
$62,000
Reserve Beef
Kory Ridnour, Burlington, CO
Denver Rustlers
$22,500
Grand Hog
Rayna Hodgson, Greeley, CO
Denver Rustlers
$33,000
Reserve Hog
Ty Pieper, Fowler, CO
Sam Brown & Family
$32,000
Grand Lamb
Jenna Frink, Eaton, CO
Crabtree Amusements
$20,000
Reserve Lamb
Kayla Frink, Eaton, CO
Sam Brown & Family
$12,000
Grand Goat
Chelsea Dobbs, Fort Collins, CO
Anadarko Petroleum
$6,500
Reserve Goat
Andrea Maneotis, Craig, CO
Denver Rustlers
$4,200
Grand Rabbits
Lacey Chisman, Calhan, CO
Legacy Bank
$3,400
Reserve Rabbits
Shawna Lamothe, Elbert, CO
Pueblo Bank & Trust
$2,600
Grand Chickens
Ryan Gruntorad, Ordway, CO
Fair Ladies
$3,500
Reserve Chickens
Skylar Gregersen, Wiggins, CO
Friends of the Fair
$3,200
Grand Turkey
Abby Nagel, Larkspur, CO
Colo. State Fair Commissioners
$2,700
Reserve Turkey
Diana Nagel, Larkspur, CO
Pikes Peak Posse
$1,000
The Colorado State Fair runs August 26 – September 5, 2016. For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.

08-28-16 Merck Animal Health Strengthens Partnership with National FFA Organization

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Merck Animal Health Strengthens Partnership with National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Aug. 29, 2016/National FFA Organization) – For the past four years, Merck Animal Health has worked with the National FFA Organization to ensure the future of agriculture and agricultural education. Through a generous donation, Merck Animal Health has worked with FFA to provide FFA members the opportunity to grow into leaders, build their communities and strengthen agriculture. Continue reading

08-22-16 Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame seeking nominations…

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Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame seeking nominations

CLICK HERE to lesrn more about the Co FFA's Ag Hall of Fame

CLICK HERE to le1rn more about the Co FFA’s Ag Hall of Fame

The Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be February 22, 2017.  The induction ceremony celebrates the lifelong commitment to agriculture of those nominated and selected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

If you know someone who has played an outstanding role in keeping Colorado‘s agriculture industry and its allied businesses among the best in the nation—now is the time to nominate them for induction to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. This award is Colorado’s only state-wide award recognizing outstanding individuals from all facets of agriculture for their lifetime achievement.

Nominations are due October 1, 2016 to the Colorado FFA Foundation office. Continue reading

08-18-16 Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CO Proud Month, 144th CO State Fair & More…

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Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CO Proud Month, 144th CO State Fair & More…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) August 18, 2016 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics…

  • August is CO Proud Month
  • 144th CO State Fair – Aug 25 – Sept 5 in Pueblo
  • & MORE
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below….

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08-18-16 NFU Foundation: Growing for the Future: Registration Now Open!

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Growing for the Future: Registration Now Open!

NFU is proud to announce the opening of registration for Growing for the Future, a brand new online conference for beginning farmers and ranchers!
This interactive, virtual conference will be held December 5-8, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. EST, and the resources from the conference will be available for a month following the conference. It will focus on all sorts of beginning farmer and rancher issues, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, student loans, land tenure, food safety, women and veterans in farming, conservation and much more! Continue reading

08-16-16 National FFA Organization, Discovery Education and AgCareers.com Join Forces to Introduce Students to Agriculture

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INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, August 16, 2016/National FFA Organization) – In today’s world, students are always looking for ways to get a jumpstart on the competition, and employers are looking for employees who are a cut above the rest. It’s for this reason that the National FFA Organization, Discovery Education and AgCareers.com have partnered to create AgExplorer. Continue reading

08-09-16 Inside the RMFU with member John Ellis: National Farmers Market Week, Trade, Crop Insurance & more…


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

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Farmers markets are where RMFU Member John Ellis sells his production(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) August 9, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN, CO Grower/Producer & RMFU Member John Ellis discusses several topics including:

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

08-09-16 WCLA hosting Family Ranch Rodeo in Keenesburg on September 11th…

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For more information – CLICK here to visit the WCLA Facebook page or call Cari @ 303-419-0886

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(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 9, 2016 – Interview with members of the Weld County Livestock Association and Circle A Family Rodeo about the upcoming event. The interview features:

  • Circle A Family Rodeo Secretary Cari Graybill,
  • WCLA President Dale Jackson and
  • Molly Cooksey, one of the two WCLA Scholarship Winners, the other winner was Brooke Hinojosa.

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Members of the WCLA & CAFR presenting scholarships to Molly Cooksey & Brooke Hinojosa at the 2016 Weld County Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale on August 1st.

To learn more about Circle A Family Rodeo – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Weld County Livestock Association –  CLICK HERE