12-23-19 Congratulations to Bennett FFA…Winners of the Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program

Congratulations to Bennett FFA…Winners of the Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program

GREELEY, CO – December 20, 2019 – The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists chapters in the state with projects that lack funding within their school district’s budget. Applications were accepted through November 15th. The Grant Committee was pleased to have eight chapters across the state to consider.
Using a standardized evaluation process, the committee carefully reviewed the applications and is honored to announce this year’s recipient is the Bennett FFA Chapter. The grant will assist the chapter with an ambitious set of goals to address the needs of their growing student body. Program goals center around an immersive agriculture education facility with a greenhouse.

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12-11-19 Syngenta donates $16,400 to local FFA chapters

Syngenta donates $16,400 to local FFA chapters

Donations will support training, programming and community development for future leaders in American agriculture

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, Dec. 11, 2019 – Syngenta is donating $16,400 to local chapters of the National FFA® Organization to support ongoing training and programming for future agricultural leaders. This support comes at an important time for the ag industry, as the number of open agricultural jobs continues to outpace the number of educated professionals available to fill them.

“Syngenta takes pride in its support of local ag communities, especially as the need for educated agriculture professionals continues to grow,” says Ann Rengel, Syngenta customer event and trade show lead. “Donations like these directly support the students who represent the future of American agriculture, providing them with education and resources to further their involvement in the ag industry.” Continue reading

10-01-19 Deadline to apply for Colorado Corn FFA Grants is Nov 15th!

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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.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 15th.  

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11-14-19 National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

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National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

Application deadline is December 1st!

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Morgan County

Fort Morgan, CO – The deadline for participating in the 83rd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is fast approaching on December 1st. This long running program is an important part of the National Western Stock Show and is a great opportunity for 4-H members to learn about practical beef cattle management. Continue reading

11-05-19 Eighty Three Years of the NWSS Catch-a-Calf Contest

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Eighty Three Years of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Morgan County

Fort Morgan, CO – 2020 will mark the 83rd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest. This long running program is an important part of the National Western. It not only gives youth the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, but also to compete at the National Western. Continue reading

11-04-19 FFA Concludes 92nd National Convention, Names New Officers

FFA Concludes 92nd National Convention, Names New Officers

Students from Montana, Virginia, Puerto Rico, New Mexico, Oregon and Ohio have been elected by delegates throughout the United States to serve on the 2019-20 National FFA Officer team. Kolesen McCoy, an agribusiness and applied economics major at Ohio State, was elected national president. Kourtney Lehman, an agricultural business management major at Oregon State University, was elected national secretary. Lyle Logemann, an agricultural education major at Eastern New Mexico University, was elected western region vice president. Tess Seibel, a nursing major at James Madison University, was elected eastern region vice president. Mamie Hertel, a financial engineering major at Montana State University, was elected central region vice president. Yomar Roman, an office administration major at Universidad de Puerto Rico, was elected southern region vice president. Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as national officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern, and western regions of the country.

Find complete coverage of the National FFA Convention at www.ffaconvention.com

11-01-19 CDA: Colorado State Fair releases 2019 final attendance and revenue numbers

CDA: Colorado State Fair releases 2019 final attendance and revenue numbers

Pueblo, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair today released a final tally of 2019 attendance and revenue numbers, detailing increases in both over last year’s State Fair. Visitors to the State Fair increased by roughly five percent, with total attendance recorded at 466,380. Fiesta Day attendance alone was 66,630 – the largest it’s been in over a decade.

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10-23-19 Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn

Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn

Blue Jacket Society Banquet Recap, Upcoming NWSS-CO FFA Meat & Greet, 2020 NWSS, 2020 CO Farm Show, 2020 Governor’s Ag Forum, 2020 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees & MORE!

(The BARN & FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) October 23, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Don Thorn, Executive Director of the Colorado FFA Foundation with an update about all things bluee & gold here in the state including:

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The Colorado FFA Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the more than 7,000 FFA members in Colorado’s 112 chapters. FFA is a national organization of 610,240 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

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10-23-19 Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2020 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

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Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2020 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

October 23, 2019 – The Colorado FFA Foundation announced today three inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.  Mr. Chris Dinsdale, Sterling, Mr. Charles Hanavan, Jr., Cheyenne Wells, and Mr. Don Shawcroft, Alamosa will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February 2020 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“These gentlemen embody leadership, innovation and a strong commitment to agriculture.  We are honored to publicly thank them by inducting them into the Hall of Fame for all they have done and continue to do for agriculture.“ said Tom Lipetzky, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation.

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10-07-19 Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project Donations Reach $2.5M

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.”

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10-04-19 Students Compete in Eastern Colorado State FFA Range Judging Contest

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

09-30-19 CO FFA Foundation hosting 3rd Annual “Meat & Greet” at NWSS Complex Nov 14th – Get your Tix Today!

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.

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09-19-19 Colorado FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Events Held in New Raymer and Branson

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.

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09-03-19 CDA: The 2019 Colorado State Fair closes with increased attendance and higher revenue

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.”

The livestock department tallied a total of 2,747 entries and 146 animals were sold at the Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale, earning 4-H and FFA youth a total of $506,150. The general entry/fine arts department received 3,555 entries from 936 exhibitors in categories that included fine arts, pantry, quilts, farm and garden, poetry and beer and wine. Nearly 200 commercial vendors and 46 food vendors added to the success of the fair and overall concession sales were up 4 percent from 2018. Continue reading

08-28-19 Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale sets new record at the 147th CO State Fair

Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale sets new record at the 147th CO State Fair

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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.

The grand and reserve grand champions are listed below. A complete list of all winners is posted on the Colorado State Fair website.

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08-20-19 Tractor Supply Hosting Farmers Market at Stores Nationwide on Sept 28th

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.”

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08-20-19 New Study Reveals Majority of Students Have Misconceptions About Careers in Agriculture

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