04-13-18 Get $1 Scoops of Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard on Scoops of Thanks Day, May 3rd

Get $1 Scoops of Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard on Scoops of Thanks Day, May 3

Fundraiser Supports Local Agricultural Education Programs

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – April 12, 2018 – Every scoop counts at Culver’s on Scoops of Thanks Day happening Thursday, May 3! Guests can get $1 single scoops of Fresh Frozen Custard, and all proceeds will go to FFA and other local agricultural organizations that strengthen American agriculture and the industry’s future leaders. Continue reading

02-27-18 CO FFA Foundation Inducts Four into Farm Credit CO Agriculture Hall of Fame and a Rising Star

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Hall of Fame Honorees with Rising Star in Agriculture, Becky Ravenkamp, Hugo on far left

Colorado FFA Foundation inducts four members into the 29th Annual Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame and recognizes one Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture

The Colorado FFA Foundation recently inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.  Mrs. Mary Lou Chapman, Arvada, Mr. Tom Kourlis, Craig, Dr. Lee Sommers, Fort Collins and Mr. Harry Talbott, Palisade were all formally inducted, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 during the 29th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. The 2018 inductees will join 94 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Hall of Fame members’ portraits are displayed in the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education on CSU’s ARDEC campus.

The Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture Award was also presented.  This is the seventh year for recognition of up and coming leaders in agriculture. Members of the Hall of Fame vote yearly on the winner of the Rising Star Award. Mrs. Becky Ravenkamp of Hugo was the recipient this year. Continue reading

02-22-18 CYFEA Announces College Scholarships

COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CYFEA) ANNOUNCES COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Apply by March 15, 2018

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce the availability of four one year academic scholarships for college bound students in the Fall of 2018.  The purpose of these scholarships is to recognize outstanding students who will be a freshman or sophomore majoring in agriculture, or a junior and senior majoring in Agricultural Education who are working toward teacher certification during the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Continue reading

02-20-18 Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

FFA Essay Contest ends April 6th, 2018, at 5 pm CST / 4pm MST

Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

Jessie Kreke Culver’s Senior Marketing Manager

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 20, 2018 – This week is National FFA Week and Culver’s Restaurants are celebrating it in a big way!
Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jessie Kreke, one of Culver’s senior marketing managers, Jessie WELCOME inside the BARN…tell me more about the launching of its 4th Annual FFA Essay Contest, part of the Thank You Farmers Project…

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More about Jessie Kreke
Kreke is a senior marketing manager for Culver’s Franchising System, the franchisor for over 640 Culver’s Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers restaurants. Her areas of expertise range from website best practices to digital promotions, social media and local restaurant marketing. She also leads the Thank You Farmers cause marketing initiative and works with the National FFA Foundation as well as local ag organizations and Culver’s restaurants on fundraising for ag education. Kreke holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University. She grew up on a hobby farm outside Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, with horses, dogs, goats and cattle.

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02-19-18 Culver’s to Award $15,000 in Educational Funds to FFA Chapters

Culver’s to Award $15,000 in Educational Funds to FFA Chapters

Restaurant Chain Launches Fourth Annual FFA Essay Contest 

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 19, 2018 – Culver’s is celebrating National FFA Week in a big way. Through its Thank You Farmers® Project, the restaurant will launch its fourth annual FFA Essay Contest on Feb. 19. The three winning essay writers will win $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, for their FFA chapters.

The FFA chapters are encouraged to use their prize money to support educational opportunities for their members, like attending the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 24–27, 2018. FFA members can submit their essays at Culvers.com/essaycontest.

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02-12-18 FFA Members Across the Country to Celebrate National FFA Week

FFA Members Across the Country to Celebrate National FFA Week

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 /National FFA Organization) – Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. Next week, more than 653,000 FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National FFA Week.

National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host activities that raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

National FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, George Washington’s birthday. This year, the week kicks off on Feb. 17 and culminates on Feb. 24. Continue reading

02-07-18 CSU Ext: Attn: Jr High & Sr High Students…Want to Participate in the See Colorado Tour?

Want to experience a trip of a lifetime?? Come “See Colorado” with other 4-H members. The tour is open to current 8-11th grade members.

Applications are due March 15th!

More info and a complete agenda can be found on the website at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/4h/4h_Tour.html

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02-05-17 Tractor Supply, FFA Looking for FFA Projects to Fund

Tractor Supply, FFA Looking for FFA Projects to Fund

Grants for Growing applications open through Feb. 14

Click here to learn more about the National FFA Organization

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (February 5, 2018) – Local FFA chapters in search of funding for their next animal science lab, community garden or other noteworthy agricultural project, take note.

Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, will soon launch its third annual Grants for Growing campaign—a competitive grant program designed to support local FFA chapters across the country that want to make a difference in their communities through sustainable agriculture-focused projects.

To qualify for a grant, FFA advisors must visit http://www.FFA.org/grantsforgrowing and submit an application by Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The submission process requires entrants to provide a detailed proposal, including how they will start, maintain or expand on a project that will benefit their communities. Continue reading

01-04-18 Colorado FFA Foundation and Titan International team up for Tire Auction

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation's Website

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation’s Website

Colorado FFA Foundation and Titan International team up for Tire Auction

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GREELEY—The Colorado FFA Foundation, Titan International Inc. and Good Year Farm Tires have partnered to present a farm tire auction during the Colorado Farm Show.  The auction will take place live at 12:30 pm, January 25, 2018 in front of the Event Center at Island Grove Regional Park.  The Colorado Farm Show and BigIron Auctions are also supporting partners.  Bidders will be able to purchase new atv, skid steer, sprinkler, and tractor tires while supporting Colorado FFA.  All proceeds from the auction benefit the Colorado FFA Foundation and its mission.  Big Iron Auctions will be calling the auction live and offering online bidding at www.bigiron.com.  More information can be found online at www.coloradoffafoundation.orgContinue reading

01-19-18 Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $90,000 in grant funds.

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Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $90,000 in grant funds

DENVER— The Colorado FFA Foundation presented FFA members and FFA Chapters from all across Colorado with grant funds to assist FFA members and chapters improve agricultural experiences in their local communities.  Students and chapters were presented grant funds for four different programs that the FFA Foundation and the Colorado FFA Association host each year.

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Watch ALL the Livestock Shows from the 112th NWSS OnLine Jan 6-21

CLICK HERE to watch ALL the livestock Shows including those in the Historic Stadium Arena with your announcer Brian Allmer of The BARN

Friday, January 19

8:00 a.m.     Miniature Hereford World Show
8:00 a.m.     National Highland Show
8:00 a.m.     Stock Dog Trials (Prelim. Cattle)
8:00 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Market Steer & Market Heifer Show
9:30 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Female Show (Fullblood & %)
3:00 p.m.     Texas Longhorn Show (haltered)
6:30 p.m.     Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

Saturday, January 20

 

8:00 a.m.     Junior Ewe Lamb Showmanship (All Breeds)
8:00 a.m.     Miniature Hereford Jr. Show
8:30 a.m.     Stock Dog Clinic
8:30 a.m.     Jr. Breeding Sheep Show Followed by Open Show
8:30 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Heifer & Bull Pen Show
9:00 a.m.     Open Prospect Steer Show
9:30 a.m      Stock Dog Clinic
9:30 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Bull Show (Fullblood & %)
10:00 a.m.   National Highland Sale
10:30 a.m.   National Gold Trophy Bison Live Sale
11:00 a.m.   Stock Dog Trials (Open Finals Cattle)
11:00 a.m.   Open Prospect Heifer Show
12:00 p.m.  Yak Halter Show
2:30 p.m.    Stock Dog Clinic

3:00 p.m.    Texas Longhorn World Show (Non-Haltered)

Sunday, January 21

8:00 a.m.   Stock Dog Trials (Nursery Dogs Followed by Intermediate dogs)
8:30 a.m.   Jr. Breeding Sheep Show followed by the Open Show (Meat Breeds)
9:00 a.m.   Stock Dog Trials (Open Sheep Competition)
1:00 p.m.   Stock Dog Trails (Intermediate Sheep Competition)

WEBCAST ARCHIVES

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01-17-18 FFA Members return from Educational, Cultural Experience in South Africa

FFA Members return from Educational, Cultural Experience in South Africa

Click here to learn more about the National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018/National FFA Organization) – During the past two weeks, 74 FFA members visited South Africa for a 12-day educational and cultural experience.

Members participated in the 2018 International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) as an annual, international opportunity through the National FFA Organization. The seminar allows FFA members to experience a foreign culture, learn about international agriculture and become more knowledgeable on the global marketplace.

Seventy-four past and present state FFA officers representing 24 states left the United States on Jan. 4. The group traveled throughout South Africa while surveying the agricultural landscape. FFA officers met with government and U.S. Embassy officials to learn about U.S. and South African trade relations; toured crop and livestock operations; met with business and industry leaders; and explored a private game reserve that is home to lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalo. The group also met with fruit exporters, abalone producers and more. Continue reading

01-11-18 FFA Members and Advisors Can Attend FFA Day at the NCBA Trade Show for Free, Courtesy of Culver’s

CLICK Here for complete details and to get registered!

FFA Members and Advisors Can Attend FFA Day at the NCBA Trade Show for Free, Courtesy of Culver’s

Use promo code FFACULVERS at convention.beefusa.org for free registration

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—Jan. 11, 2018FFA members from around the country are invited to connect with America’s cattle farmers and ranchers at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show on Friday, Feb. 2, in Phoenix, Arizona. Through the Thank You Farmers® Project, Culver’s will cover registration fees for the first 250 FFA members and advisors who register to attend the trade show using the promotion code “FFACULVERS.”

“NCBA’s trade show gives agricultural students an opportunity to network with professionals and learn more about the beef industry,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “We are so honored to help these future leaders connect with others in an industry they are passionate about.” Continue reading

01-11-18 Friend of FFA Creates Endowment to Help Members Attend National Convention; Participate in Ag Issues Leadership Development Event

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Friend of FFA Creates Endowment to Help Members Attend National Convention; Participate in Ag Issues Leadership Development Event

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018/National FFA Organization) – While agriculture always played a part in Arthur Daniel “Dan” Nafziger’s life, his love for FFA developed when he volunteered to judge Career and Leadership Development Events (CDEs and LDEs) at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

It was here that he judged the Ag Issues LDE and he found a love for FFA and what it has to offer students. In the Ag Issues LDE, participants research the pros and cons of an agricultural issue and present their findings to a panel of judges. A team from each of the 50 states and both U.S. territories are eligible to participate in the CDE. The event helps students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving and formal communication skills. Continue reading

01-09-18 Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project Surpasses $1.7 Million in Donations to Help Feed the Growing Population

Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project Surpasses $1.7 Million in Donations to Help Feed the Growing Population

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—Jan. 8, 2018—With the global population expected to increase from 7.6 to 9.8 billion by 2050, the world needs to rise to the challenge of feeding 29 percent more people using the same amount of land and water that we have today.

Those responsible for figuring out how to sustainably feed our growing population are likely currently sitting in classrooms, playing on playgrounds or yet to be born. The bottom line: Our youth are our future. That’s why Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project was created to make sure we have enough wholesome food to serve our growing population by supporting agricultural education programs that encourage smart farming. Continue reading

12-20-17 Inside Ardent Mills w/Troy Anderson: National FFA Organization’s “Living to Serve” Partnership & More

Inside Ardent Mills w/Troy Anderson: National FFA Organization’s “Living to Serve” Partnership & More

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 20, 2017 – Denver-based Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, today announced its three-star partnership with the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this announcement in more detail is Troy Anderson Regional Operations Manager & Senior Director @ Ardent Mills….

  • Anderson’s Background 
  • Ardent Mills History & Vision
  • Ardent Mills partnership with the National FFA Organization
  • Exciting Opportunity for Ardent Mills, national FFA & its members too
  • Working with the National FFA
  • & More

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To learn more about the National FFA Organization visit FFA.org or follow them  on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog. And to learn more about Ardent Mills, visit ardentmills.com.

12-20-17 Ardent Mills and the National FFA Organization Announce National Partnership

Ardent Mills and the National FFA Organization Announce National Partnership

Premier grain-based foods company aligns with the blue jackets to fight hunger, improve safety, recruit future leaders, elevate local community connections and contribute to the success of agriculture and milling

DENVER, Colorado, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Denver-based Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, today announced its three-star partnership with the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America.

As a three-star partner, Ardent Mills will provide monetary support to FFA at the national level, supporting the Living to Serve platform. The Living to Serve platform empowers every student in every classroom to make a positive impact in their community. FFA provides quality programs, resources, recognition and opportunities for members to put leadership into action through service engagement. The partnership will also make connections to local FFA chapters in both rural and urban settings across Ardent Mills’ U.S. and Puerto Rico footprint.

Ardent Mills CEO Dan Dye states, “We are excited to partner with FFA for several reasons. We see alignment in the FFA’s mission and vision to our own vision and values, along with our brand promise of Nourishing what’s next™. The FFA has many platforms that will complement areas of focus for Ardent Mills, including safety, hunger, health and nutrition. Each of our U.S. and Puerto Rico community mill sites will have the opportunity to partner with a local FFA chapter within just a few miles of the facility. We are committed to growing this relationship on both the local and national levels over time. Our intent is to make a positive difference in the communities where our team members live and work, identify future frontline leaders and strengthen the agriculture and milling industries.”

“Our vision is to grow our members into leaders who strengthen agriculture while building communities,” says Mark Poeschl, National FFA Organization CEO. “We’re excited about this partnership with Ardent Mills as it allows us to provide resources to local FFA chapters to help them continue the work they are doing through service learning.” Continue reading

12-04-17 Colorado Farm Show announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

Colorado Farm Show 2018 Scholarships

GREELEY, CO – December 4, 2017 – The Colorado Farm Show will award nine graduating high school seniors a total of $21,000 to help with their higher education goals and expenses. Six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $4,000 renewable Colorado Farm Show Scholarships, and one $1,500 Carl Luther Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at a banquet in their honor on Wednesday January 24th, 2018 at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley CO. This brings the total awarded scholarship dollars awarded by the Colorado Farm Show to $207,500.

The Colorado Farm Show Board would like to wish all recipients a Good Luck in their future educational paths.

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