(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 17, 2017 – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Membership Field Representative Harrison Topp, discussing several topics including…
Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2018 Farm Credit-Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees
Fort Collins, CO, October 16, 2017 – The Colorado FFA Foundation announced four inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mrs. Mary Lou Chapman, Arvada, Mr. Thomas Kourlis, Englewood, Dr. Lee Sommers, Fort Collins and Mr. Harry Charles Talbott, Palisade, will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame in February 2018. Friends, peers and business associates will recognize the four inductees during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet, Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Renaissance Hotel, Denver. Hosted by the Colorado FFA Foundation, the banquet is held annually to induct members into the Agriculture Hall of Fame who have significantly contributed to Colorado’s second largest industry. A unique, multi-media presentation will highlight the life of each new inductee during the ceremony.
“We are proud to add four more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. The selection pool was very competitive”, said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Continue reading
CPPC announces Annual Meeting
October 16, 2017 – The Colorado Pork Producers Association announce their annual meeting and invite anyone who raises hogs in Colorado and their guests, to attend. The event will be held November 20, at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Fort Morgan, Colorado at 9:00 am to noon. Lunch will be served. We especially encourage any youth and leaders who are in hog producing projects to plan on attending. Continue reading
CPPC seek Producers to serve as Board Members
The Colorado Pork Producers Council seeks candidates to run for four vacant positions on the CPPC Board of directors. The election will be held November 20, 2017 at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, at the CPPC annual meeting. The following is the criteria for membership and to run for a board position: Continue reading
Understating the vital role the program plays in the future of agriculture, the Colorado Egg Producers Association recently voted in favor of sponsoring the Colorado FFA Association at $2,500 this year. The Colorado FFA Foundation seeks resources — human, financial and in-kind — to support agricultural education in Colorado, including students involved in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Colorado Young Farmers Education Association (CYFEA) programs, and teachers in the Colorado Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (CVATA), among others.
CHS Foundation Strengthens Partnership with the National FFA Organization
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Sept. 23, 2017/National FFA Organization) – The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable contributions from CHS Inc., and a key National FFA supporter for more than 40 years, recently announced a $3.8 million commitment to the National FFA Organization, growing its support to a platinum sponsorship level.
This investment helps ensure that the National FFA Organization continues to support members as they strive to become a workforce that understands the food and agriculture industry, and develop the leadership skills necessary to pursue careers in agriculture.
“Generous, broad and continued support from the CHS Foundation has an impact on our members and agriculture education teachers at the local, state and national levels,” said Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation. “With an estimated 60,000 jobs opening every year and with 27 percent of those being in agriculture, FFA is working to ensure that our career development events and proficiency award areas align with our students’ evolving interests and emerging challenge areas in food, fiber and natural resources. The continued contributions of the CHS Foundation help us achieve the FFA vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture, and supplying the talent pipeline to fill those needs.” Continue reading
CSU Extension Offers Energy Kits for Schools, Homes, and Others
GREELEY, COLORADO. Teaching energy in schools is required by state standards, but
teachers don’t always have access to materials to make lessons hands-on and engaging.
Residents can benefit from identifying energy inefficiencies in the home and taking action to save energy and money. Youth and adults alike often don’t understand how energy works. To address these issues, Colorado State University Extension offices have now been equipped with One-Stop-Shop energy kits for use by a variety of community members. Continue reading
Culver’s Kicks Off Second Year of #FarmingFridays
Agricultural influencers share their stories on restaurant’s social media platforms
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Sept. 7, 2017 – Following the success of last year’s #FarmingFridays social content series, Culver’s has again invited agricultural influencers to share photos and videos depicting their passion for and knowledge about agriculture. #FarmingFridays is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers initiative, which recognizes the hard work and commitment of the farmers who feed the nation.
New for this year, #FarmingFridays will extend throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons on five different Fridays, beginning on April 28 and ending on November 3.
“Culver’s is committed to teaching our guests more about agriculture and the hard work of the people in this industry,” said Jessie Corning, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “We’re excited to again provide a platform for agricultural leaders to share their stories and educate our guests.”
Here is the remaining 2017 #FarmingFridays schedule: Continue reading
TENTATIVE LIVESTREAM WEBCAST SCHEDULE – courtesy of The BARN
*depending upon internet connectivity
FRIDAY, September 1, 2017
- 9:00 am Jr. Dairy Cattle Showmanship (LP)
- 11:00 am Open and Jr. Dairy Heifer Show – (LP)
SATURDAY, September 2, 2017
- 9:00 am Open and Jr Dairy Cow Show – Cow (LP)
SUNDAY, September 3, 2017
- 9:00 am Texas Longhorn Cattle Show #1 (LP)
- 2:00 pm Prospect Steer, Heifer and NWSS Catch-A-Calf Shows (LP)
MONDAY, September 4, 2017 – LABOR DAY
- 9:00 am Texas Longhorn Show #2
54th Annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4-H & FFA Youth
Over $10 Million Raised for Ag Youth in 36 Years
RMFU: CALL TO CONVENTION
Pursuant to our by-laws provisions, you are hereby notified that the 109th annual convention of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, Rocky Mountain Division, will be held November 17 and 18, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, for the purpose of electing one office, Vice President, and two members to the Board of Directors from districts V and VI, and to transact the annual business of the organization. Continue reading
Take Me (And You) Out To The Ball Game
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Day at the Colorado Rockies is set for 6:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The Rockies will be facing off the L.A. Dodgers. We have great seats lined up and will be in the perfect spot to watch fireworks after the game. Tickets are $20, of which $2 goes back to the RMFU Foundation. Good deal all the way around. To reserve your ticket today, contact Barb Marty at ABMARTY@msn.com
RMFU member A. J. Carrillo is hosting an exciting two day Restoration Agriculture workshop led by Mark Shepard this October 7-8 at Deer Tree Farm & Agroforest, with a welcome BBQ and tour of Cedar Springs Farm on Friday, Oct. 6, all right here in Hotchkiss, CO. RMFU members will receive a discount on the registration fee.
Whether you are interested in growing tree crops, annual produce, pasture, livestock, specialty crops or even gourmet mushrooms, Mark Shepard will be sharing cutting edge techniques and methods that will benefit your farm as well as your bottom line. Come learn from this world-renowned expert about watershed management, perennial polycultures, agroforestry, nursery production and farm business management.
Also, you will get hands-on experience designing a water management system by learning how to use a laser level to mark the master or “key” line from which to install a vital agroforestry system.
Click here to sign up today:
RMFU President Dale McCall and Tumaramarie Steinbach, president of the Pueblo-Freemont-Custer Farmers Union are offering insights on the economics of agriculture.
Culver’s Restaurants, 12 Corn Mazes Team Up to Celebrate Farmers in 2017
33 “Thank You Farmers” Mazes Have Been Grown Nationwide Since 2014
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Aug. 24, 2017 – To date, 33 corn mazes in 19 states have joined together to plant more than 7 million seeds of gratitude for the hard work of America’s farmers. As part of the Thank You Farmers™ initiative, these mazes are just one of the many ways Culver’s shows charitable support for the future of farming.
Why thank farmers? They’re responsible for growing the food that every single person depends on, yet their immense contributions are often overlooked. Since Culver’s created the Thank You Farmers program in 2013, the restaurant chain has looked for unique ways to spread positive messages about the hard work, dedication and passion of the agricultural community, as well as ways to raise awareness about the importance of supporting agricultural education. Continue reading
Taylor Evans Joins American Gelbvieh Association Staff
BROOMFIELD, CO – The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) would like to welcome Taylor Evans of Denver, Colorado, to the staff as member and youth programs coordinator. Evans grew up in the agriculture industry where he gained vast knowledge of the beef industry. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in agriculture business and animal science. Evans has held roles in both the agriculture and construction industries. He has experience in construction management overseeing contracts, budgets, and subcontractors. Evans most recently served as the vocational agriculture teacher for Estes Park, Colorado, where he served as the agricultural and auto shop programs instructor for both high school and middle school levels. Evans also served as the advisor for the Estes Park FFA chapter. Continue reading
Country Music Artist Clare Dunn Teamed with ACM Lifting Lives to Raise Over $25,000 at VIP Charity Party for Children’s Hospital and the CO FFA Foundation
Last weekend Colorado native Clare Dunn returned home to headline this year’s Sand and Sage Round-Up Kick-Off concert, drawing one of the largest events in crowd history. Prior to her performance, Dunn hosted a VIP charity party including a silent auction, autographed memorabilia, an acoustic performance and more, raising over $25,000 for the Colorado FFA Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado.