10-07-15 Colorado Corn accepting FFA grant applications thru Nov 15th…

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Colorado Corn accepting FFA grant applications 

GREELEY, CO – Oct. 7, 2015 – For a third year, Colorado Corn is accepting applications from FFA chapters around the state as part of its Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program.

The deadline to apply is November 15th.

The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists FFA chapters in Colorado on projects that lack funding within their school district’s budget. Continue reading

10-01-15 CSU News: CoBank Center for Agricultural Education officially opens…

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Written and submitted to BARN Media by CSU’s Jason Kosovski

A decade of dreaming, four years of planning and a year-long build led to last Saturday’s jam-packed ribbon cutting for the new CoBank Center for Agricultural Education at Colorado State University. Now open for business, the center is designed to help fill a void in agricultural education teachers for K-12 students and community colleges across Colorado and the United States.

Essential to educate the next generation

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09-30-15 More than 60,000 Expected to Converge on Louisville, KY Oct. 28-31 for 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo…


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INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015/National FFA Organization) – The 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo will celebrate its last year of its three-year run in Louisville beginning Oct. 28. More than 60,000 FFA members and guests from throughout the United States are expected at this year’s event, which runs through Oct. 31.

The convention and expo will bring an estimated economic impact of $40 million, making it the largest convention for Louisville this year. Attendees will stay in 136 hotels within a 60-mile radius of Louisville. After this year, the convention and expo will move to Indianapolis from 2016-2024. Continue reading

09-24-15 CSU’s CoBank Center for Agricultural Education ribbon-cutting ceremony Sep 26th: WEBCAST ARCHIVES…

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FORT COLLINS – Colorado State University, CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Colorado FFA will officially open CSU’s new CoBank Center for Agricultural Education with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, Sept. 26.

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CoBank Center for Agricultural Education Ribbon-cutting & Tour – CLICK HERE

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Recent studies have shown a significant decline in the number of agriculture teachers in K-12 schools across the nation. With its new CoBank Center for Agricultural Education, CSU will be uniquely-positioned to help fill this void and ensure that agricultural education remains a core component of K-12 education, not just here in Colorado but across the United States.

The CoBank Center for Agricultural Education will encompass more than 14,000 square feet, with customized laboratory, technology, teaching and office space. It also will include special exhibit space for the newly named Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, a signature program of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Not only will the center function as an academic space for faculty, staff, and students, but it will also serve as a community meeting space, bringing together individuals from the agricultural industry, rural communities and local schools.



09-24-15 Learn more about the Eastern CO State FFA Rangeland Judging and Plant Identification CDE in Akron October 7th…

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taken at the State contest held in Stratton in 2013

Taken at the State contest held in Stratton in 2013

(BARN Media– Briggsdale, CO) September 24, 2015 – Ben Berlinger, Rangeland Resource Specialist, SRM Certified Professional in Rangeland Management, NRCSACES, dicusses the event in more detail within the interview below…


The Eastern Colorado State FFA Rangeland Judging & Plant Identification Career Development Exercise (CDE) will be held in Akron, CO on October 7th

It will be held on the Washington County Fairgrounds in the Events Building.  This event will bring together FFA Agriculture students from all part of eastern Colorado to participate in the contest.

The exercise involves the students in judging the condition and productivity of two ecological sites (former called range sites) and identifying 50 rangeland plants and their characteristics.  This year’s event is co-sponsored by the Akron FFA Chapter and the Cope & Washington County Conservation Districts, with support from many agriculture related business and Conservation Districts in eastern Colorado.


09-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap: NFU Fly-In; Sequestration; Sage Grouse; MPP and more…

Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

  • NFU Fly-in RECAP
  • Congress/Sequestration Impact on Agriculture
  • Sage Grouse Decision
  • BLM/USFS Land Use Restrictions
  • USDA Extends Dairy MPP to Nov 20th
  • Upcoming RMFU Convention
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Bill Midcap…


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

09-21-15 National FFA Awards Grants funded by CSX and Bayer…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015National FFA awards 80 chapters environmental and natural disaster/emergency preparedness grants funded by CSX and Bayer

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Sept. 21, 2015/National FFA Organization) – FFA chapters in 34 states that developed a plan to tackle an environmental or natural disaster/emergency preparedness issue in their communities now have the funding from a national grant to bring their ideas to life.

Chapters from 80 communities learned recently that they received up to $2,000 in funds from the National FFA Organization’s Living to Serve: Environmental or Natural Disaster/Emergency Preparedness Grant Program and have begun their year-long projects. The grants are provided through funding from CSX and Bayer as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

“The grant program is a natural fit for CSX”, said John Kitchens, Corporate Citizenship Director.  “Not only are we able to support these conscientious FFA students, but many of the environmental and disaster/emergency preparedness projects they contribute to in their communities align well with company priorities.” Continue reading

09-17-15 RMFU Board of Director Barbara Marty discusses NFU’s Annual Legislative Fly-in…

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(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 17, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report, Barbara Marty, RMFU Board of Director is my guest discussing several topics from Washington D.C., including:

  • NFU’s Annual Legislative Fly-in Sep 15-18
  • RMFU’s Participation in that event
  • RMFU’s Fellows Program
  • NFU’s Beginning Farmer Institute
  • NFU’s GOlden Triangle Awards
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU Board of Director Barbara Marty…


RMFU Board of Director Barb Marty with her son Matthew (right) and RMFU Fellow Racheal Warner.

RMFU Board of Director Barb Marty with her son Matthew (right) and RMFU Fellow Racheal Warner.

Keep up with all things Fly-In on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NFUFlyIn15. For more information about future fly-in activities, please contact your state/regional Farmers Union office.

Click here to view the 2015 NFU Fall Legislative Fly-In Talking Points.

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

09-17-15 Inside the CDA w/Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CSF Recap and More…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) September 17th, 2015 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics…

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



09-14-15 Learn more about the America’s Farmers Grows Communities Program from Monsanto’s Angela Allen…


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Monsanto Customer Advocacy Manager Angie Allen

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 14th, 2015 – What could your community do with $2,500? 

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is launching its fifth annual campaign to support rural communities, and local 4-H clubs and FFA programs are two of the largest beneficiaries of the program. Since its inception in 2010, Grow Communities has invested more than $16 million, supporting over 6,000 nonprofit organizations.

Inside the BARN to discuss this in more detail is Angela Allen, Monsanto customer advocacy manager

Topics covered within the interview include:

– America’s Farmers Grow Communities Background
– Monsanto Fund History
– AFGC Impacts to the US & to Colorado
– The America Farmers Grow Communities nomination deadline is November 30th

To listen to the interview with Angie Allen, Monsanto’s Customer Advocacy Outreach Manager, click the audio mp3 link below…


To learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund – CLICK HERE 

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. These programs, supported by the Monsanto Fund, have awarded over $19 million to rural communities since 2010. Connect with America’s Farmers on Facebook or @AmericasFarmers on Twitter. Join the #GrowCommunities conversation today. Don’t forget, the America Farmers Grow Communities nomination deadline is November 30!

09-11-15 Colorado Corn’s first FFA grant helps bring needed livestock facility to Eads FFA…

Colorado Corn LogoEADS FFA livestock facility courtesy of CO Corn 091115Any endeavors that support local youth are among the favorite of Colorado Corn board members and staff.

That’s why the organization was especially elated to hear that its first-ever Colorado Corn FFA Grant was being put to great use out on Colorado’s eastern plains.

This past school year, Eads FFA erected a much needed livestock pavilion for the chapter that has a flock of 25 ewes and goats, and students with a myriad of livestock projects.  The 40-by-45-foot structure was built to serve as protection for livestock from the elements – in an area where local ranchers at times can have issues with animal losses from extreme weather – and also as a show ring for students to practice in. Continue reading

09-09-15 US Ag Centers’ YouTube channel ready for National Farm Safety Week, Sept. 20-26…

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The 10 U.S. Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are uniquely positioned to promote safety solutions during National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 20-26), and year round.

The centers have pooled their expertise on a YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/USagCenters, featuring 80 videos. The videos can be used by Extension agents, agricultural science teachers, producers, first responders, families and others interested in agricultural safety best-practices. Continue reading

09-01-15 Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth…

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2015 sale accumulated approximately $531,300.00 from the state’s most dedicated bidders. Last year’s sale totaled $481,200. This year has set the record sale for Grand Champion Market beef at $60,000. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.

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08-19-15 Monsanto: America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Awarding $10K Grants to Lone Star & Walsh Schools…


Two Colorado school districts, Lone Star & Walsh, will receive $10,000 Grants…

BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO (August 19th, 2015) – Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education continues to be a priority for U.S. school districts. Investing now is vitally important, as the fastest-growing occupations require STEM proficiency.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN by telephone is Heather Wolfe, Customer Advocacy Manager with Monsanto’s America’s Grow Rural Education Program


Starting January 1, 2016, farmers can nominate a public school district in their community to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant.

For more information about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program and to view the official rules, a list of eligible states, counties and CRDs, visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

08-18-15 CSF News: The King is Calling for Bakers…

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The King is Calling for Bakers
PUEBLO, Colo. – King Arthur Flour invites you to compete in their “Yeast Roll Baking Contest” at the Colorado State Fair. The entry fee is only $5 with the top adult winning $75 and the top youth (14 and under) winning $50.
Bake your rolls from scratch using any type of King Arthur Flour. Any type or shape of yeast roll is welcome and each participant must present at least six rolls in any container of your choice. Creativity is strongly encouraged. This competition is for home bakers. No professional bakers allowed.
The contest will be held on September 3, 2015; registration is now open with an entry deadline of September 1, 2015. 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 visit http://www.coloradostatefair.com/p/events/competitive-events/231. Continue reading

08-14-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Wheat Trial Results Available…

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(Burlington, Colo.) Colorado State University (CSU) Extension wheat trial results are now available.  The CSU Wheat Testing Team has established on-farm dryland wheat testing sites at 24 locations throughout Eastern Colorado, stretching from Weld County to Baca County.  Six wheat varieties were selected for testing during the 2014-15 season which included:  Denali, Byrd, Sunshine (white), Snowmass (white), Brawl Cl Plus (Clearfield), and Grainfield (Westbred).  These on-farm tests included growing conditions at all levels and involved a host of volunteers for planting, managing and harvesting.  Wheat trials were planted and harvested with producer’s equipment with some treatments measuring 30 feet wide by 2400 feet long.Wheat Trial Results Continue reading