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Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project Donations Reach $2.5M
Restaurant chain’s leadership joins efforts of national organization
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—Oct. 7, 2019— Culver’s and its Thank You Farmers Project has raised $2.5 million to support agricultural education since its inception six years ago. So far in 2019, over $400,000 has been raised. By 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9.8 billion, meaning we’ll have to produce 80% more food than we do today to feed everyone. Money raised through Culver’s supports programs such as FFA and others that are educating our country’s future agricultural leaders.
“We’re facing a turning point in agriculture, and the responsibility to feed a growing population falls on all of us, not just farmers,” said Joe Koss, president and CEO at Culver’s. “Our guests understand this, and that’s why they’ve helped us to raise money every year to support the future of agriculture.”
Students completing the rangeland inventory, site condition, and range management scenario on the Overflow ecological site.
Students Compete in Eastern Colorado State FFA Range Judging Contest
By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair
On October 2, 2019, high school students from across the eastern part of Colorado competed in the State FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification contest in Seibert, CO. The Range Judging Contest is one of many Career Development Events (CDE’s) FFA students can participate in to test their skills and knowledge learned through their agricultural education classes.
Through the Range Judging Contest, students are tested on their plant identification skills and reading the landscape to determine the ecological site, condition of the rangeland, amount of usable forage, and number of animals that can be supported on the land. There were 213 FFA students representing 23 FFA chapters who participated in this event. Students were divided into three groups to identify 40-50 different range plant species and two ecological sites. During the plant identification portion, students had 60 seconds to identify the plant before moving on to the next plant. At the two ecological sites, students had 40 minutes to complete a rangeland inventory to determine the ecological site, condition of the site, and a range management scenario that was provided and required the students to recommend the best range/grazing management practices. Judging the two ecological sites also tested the students plant identification skills. Continue reading →
Deadline to apply for Colorado Corn FFA Grants is Nov 15th!
Focused on the Future means focusing on Colorado’s youth and part of that effort for the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee is supporting youth-focused programs like the Colorado Corn FFA Grant. The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists FFA chapters in Colorado on projects that lack funding within their school district’s budget.
Applications are being accepted from Colorado FFA chapters for this grant.
CO FFA Foundation hosting 3rd Annual “Meat & Greet” at NWSS Complex Nov 14th – Get your Tix Today!
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.
Plant ID judging at Regional Contests involves identifying the common names of 30 range plants along with important characteristics of each plant. Northeast Regional event at Prairie School.
Colorado FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Events Held in New Raymer and Branson
Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair
The Northeast and Southeast Colorado Regional FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Career Development Exercises (CDE) were held on September 16 at the Prairie School near New Raymer and on September 18 in Branson, CO. The events were hosted by the New Raymer and Branson FFA Chapters. Seventy-seven students participated representing eight FFA chapters for the event at the Prairie School. At the event in Branson 217 students participated representing 17 FFA Chapters.
FFA range judging places the students in the field to make real-life judgments about the past grazing management and best management practices to recommend for range improvement. Malpais Breaks ecological site near Branson, CO.
CDA: The 2019 Colorado State Fair closes with increased attendance and higher revenue
Pueblo, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair has wrapped up its 2019 run with increases in both attendance and revenue over last year. The number of visitors to this year’s fair increased by roughly five percent, and general admission revenue increased by 31 percent over 2018. Fiesta Day attendance was the largest it has been in a decade.
A total of 466,380 visitors descended on the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo over 11 days from August 23 through September 2, taking in livestock shows (WEBCAST ARCHIVES), fine arts and food exhibits, concerts, rodeos, fair food, entertainment, carnivals, and more.
“Part of our formula for success at the Colorado State Fair is maintaining a careful balance of history and tradition with offerings that reflect current trends and the interests of our guests,” said General Manager Scott Stoller. “In addition to excellent reception surrounding traditional fair favorites, new attractions such as our World Slopper Eating Championship, Tattoo As Art talk, Mayors Day and presentation by Temple Grandin helped drive our increased numbers this year.”
Pueblo, Colo. – A record $66,000 for grand champion market beef was bid during the 2019 Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair. The steer was raised by 14-year-old Shae Stone of Eaton, Colorado and purchased by long-time sale supporter Sam Brown and his family.
More than $500,000 was raised in the auction of 146 animals raised and shown by young people from across Colorado. All youth exhibitors who participated were required to keep a detailed record book of their animal project while learning responsibility, leadership, showmanship, and best animal care practices.
“The Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale has raised millions of dollars for our state’s 4-H and FFA over the past four decades,” said Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller. “This sale is a reflection of their hard work and dedication to their animals, as well as the generosity of the philanthropists who support these amazing kids and make this event possible.”
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.
TRACTOR SUPPLY HOSTS FARMERS MARKET AT STORES NATIONWIDE
Local growers, crafters and vendors invited to showcase goods at community event on September 28th
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (August 20, 2019)– Tractor Supply Company is inviting farmers, craft makers and artisans to join the Farmers Market event at their local TSC store on Saturday, Sept. 28. The event is an opportunity for members of the community to showcase their many talents and display homemade and homegrown goods, whether they are new to the market or have been selling for years.
Every fall, Tractor Supply hosts local vendors and creators at their on-site Farmers Market to celebrate the community spirit. The Farmers Market is open to the public, providing a platform for budding businesses in a fun, family-friendly setting.
“Each Tractor Supply store serves as an important member of the community in which it operates. We are always looking for ways to connect with and support our neighbors, and the Farmers Market is a wonderful opportunity for this,” said Mary Lawley, vice president of store administration at Tractor Supply Company. “We are always amazed by the talent we see at this event and are so pleased to play a part in helping these neighbors thrive.”
New Study Reveals Majority of Students Have Misconceptions About Careers in Agriculture
Bayer and National 4-H Council “Science Matters” Partnership Encourages Interest in Agri-science Education in Classrooms
ST. LOUIS (August 19, 2019) – Education and skills gaps have long been a challenge for the agriculture industry, as the demand for qualified candidates in agricultural science careers has significantly outpaced the pool of applicants with adequate training and education. Bayer, in collaboration with National 4-H Council, today released the results of the second annual Science Matters survey, which explores the opinions of parents, teachers and – new this year – students on the importance of agri-science in high school curriculum.
The 2019 survey confirmed that low awareness of career options in agriculture is a primary factor leading to the limited pool of skilled applicants. In fact, the survey found that although nearly 80 percent of surveyed high school students believe that agricultural science education is important to future success, only 19 percent reported that they are likely to consider a career in agriculture.
One explanation for this disconnect could be a lack of awareness of the diverse opportunities available within the agriculture industry. Only 36 percent of surveyed students reported being familiar with agriculture career choices beyond working on a farm, despite alternative and thriving occupations such as veterinary science, biotechnology, raising and training animals and forestry.
“The 2019 Science Matters study shows a disconnect between students’ perceived value of agricultural science and their awareness of tangible, fulfilling and diverse career opportunities, which presents an enormous opportunity for the agricultural community,” said Lisa Safarian, President, North America Commercial, at the Crop Science Division of Bayer. “These survey results are a call to action for the industry to come together and invest in our youth, educating them and developing their skills in areas where it has been traditionally challenging to identify and recruit a qualified workforce, and highlight the success and impact they can have in a multitude of diverse careers.” Continue reading →
WELD COUNTY, CO – August 20, 2019 – The 101st Weld County Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale raised a total of $1,123,506.85! This accounts for $915,100 from the sale of animals and $208,406.85 from supporter’s individual contributions.
This year’s sale was on July 29, 2019, and is now the top grossing sale in Colorado, surpassing the 2019 National Western Stock Show, which garnered $1,027,750 and the 2018 Colorado State Fair, which brought in just over $500,000.
The grand champion market beef and market swine owned by Jed Sidwell and Cash Burnett, sold for $20,000 each. Lauren Frink’s grand champion market lamb followed, selling for $11,000. This year’s grand champion market goat, owned by Rylee Anderson, brought in $10,500 while Jamie Bond’s grand champion turkey garnered $4,500. Finally, Hazen Weber’s grand champion chickens drew $2,750, and Wyatt Herring’s grand champion rabbit pen hopped in at $2,650.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the event and supported local 4-H and FFA youth.
FFA range judging places the students in the field to make real-life judgments about the past grazing management and best management practices to recommend for range improvement.
Colorado FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Events Announced for Fall of 2019
Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair
FFA Range Judging is getting into full swing. Preparations are underway for the upcoming Colorado FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Career Development Exercises (CDE’s). The FFA range judging events have been scheduled for this fall:
Northeast CO Regional at Prairie School on September 16; hosted by the New Raymer FFA Chapter; sponsored by the West Greeley Conservation District; registration at 7:45 AM contest begins at 8:30 AM.
Southeast CO Regional at Branson School on September 18; hosted by the Branson FFA Chapter; co-sponsored by the Branson-Trinchera and the Spanish Peaks Purgatoire River Conservation Districts; registration at 7:45 AM contest begins at 8:45 AM.
Eastern CO State at Seibert Community Center on October 2; co-hosted by the High Plains (Seibert), Stratton, Flagler, and Burlington FFA Chapters; co-sponsored by the Burlington and Flagler Conservation Districts; registration at 7:45 AM contest begins at 8:45 AM.
Inside the BARN with National FFA Communications Manager Kristy Meyer
92nd National FFA Convention & Expo and more
The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 19, 2019 – Hard to believe but yet another school year has begun across the United States and here in Colorado…and its not too soon to be thinking about the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, which will be held in Indianapolis, IN October 30 thru November 2, 2019 Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to preview the event is Kristy Meyer, National FFA Communications Manager..
Pedal The Plains: Explore Southeastern Colorado on Two Wheels Sep 13-15: Lamar-Holly-Springfield
A Hootin’ Good Time on Two Wheels
Denver, CO (August 09, 2019) — Pedal The Plains is a unique ride that truly sums up what Colorado is all about. It’s about people from all over the state coming together, being outside, exercising and exploring the state’s heritage and history. It is a great opportunity to explore the congenial communities along the roads less traveled. And it is alot of fun!
Join us on September 13-15, 2019 for the 8th Annual Pedal The Plains as we travel through the communities of Lamar, Holly and Springfield, Colorado and cross the border touching your wheels into Kansas too!
Culver’s® Announces Three FFA Essay Contest Winners
Chapters to receive total of $15,000 to fund FFA trips and education
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – August 6, 2019—When the average age of the American farmer is 58 and the number of farmers over the age of 65 outnumbers those under 35 by a margin of 6-to-1, it’s more important than ever to get young people interested in agriculture. After all, they’ll someday have a role in growing the food we eat.
This year’s Culver’s FFA Essay Contest focused on this idea by asking FFA members to write about the importance of getting more young people to join the agricultural industry. FFA members were also asked to share why their peers should be excited to be part of the industry.
The three winning students’ chapters listed below received a total of $15,000 from Culver’s to help fund educational initiatives, like a trip to the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2019.
First place ($7,500): Madison D.’s Wakefield FFA Chapter in Raleigh, North Carolina
Second place ($5,000): Will H.’s Durant FFA Chapter in Plant City, Florida
“We loved reading about how excited and passionate FFA members are about agriculture and having more young people consider careers in the industry,” said Jessie Kreke, Culver’s senior marketing manager. “It’s clear that the future of agriculture is in great hands with these students!” Continue reading →
AGPROfessionals presents the Peterson Farm Brothers August 7th & 8th in Greeley, CO
AGPROfessionals, along with generous support from the Colorado FFA Foundation, DairyMAX, Colorado Livestock Association, and vNacelle, is pleased to bring the Peterson Farm Brothers to Greeley for two agricultural advocacy events to support the Weld County Food Bank. As friends and supporters in our industry, we would like to invite you to share our event with your constituencies. Attached is the flyer for the event. Continue reading →
THE 101ST WELD COUNTY FAIR BRINGS FREE FUN TO PUBLIC
WELD COUNTY, CO — The 101st Weld County Fair is fast approaching and will provide a week of fun free events, exhibitions, and activities. The fair kicks off on Thursday, July 25, with events through Sunday, July 28. The fair concludes with the Junior Livestock Show on July 29, at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.
“The fair is a time-honored event in Weld County,” Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “It highlights the best of Weld County’s agricultural roots and demonstrates the strong presence agriculture continues to have.”
Culver’s #Farming Fridays Social Media Series Returns on August 2nd
Restaurant Chain to Share Stories From Agricultural Influencers
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—July 26, 2019—America is home to 2.1 million farms—and every person involved with farming has a story to tell. That’s why Culver’s created #FarmingFridays in 2016. This social media series profiles influential people who are passionate about educating others about the agricultural industry and feeding a growing population. Back for its fourth consecutive year, #FarmingFridays returned back on April 26th and resumes on July 26th (SEE BELOW). The influencers will share their stories on Culver’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts. The full #FarmingFridays lineup is:
Aug. 2, Lauren Schwab: Schwab grew up on her family’s pig farm in Ohio. She documents her life as a farmer on her blog, Farm Girl With Curls.
Sept. 20, Daniel Foster: Foster is an associate professor at Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, where he teaches agricultural teacher education and works on the department’s Global Teach Ag initiative.
Oct. 18, Tara Vander Dussen: Vander Dussen is a dairy farmer and environmental scientist. She shares her unique perspective on agriculture through her blog, New Mexico Milkmaid.
“We feel it’s important to celebrate and support the hard work that goes into providing our country with food,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “By shining a light on the different roles that exist in agriculture, we’re hoping to ignite a passion in our guests for supporting agricultural education, too.”
Inside the BARN with Colorado State Fair Foundation President Adam Daurio…
The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – July 18, 2019 – Did you know that the Colorado State Fair Foundation has been busy building programs for youth as well as raise capital for renovation projects throughout the state fairgrounds?
Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the organization in more detail is Adam Daurio, President of the Colorado State Fair Foundation…
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Upcoming 4th Annual Partners of Youth in Ag Golf Tournament