06-14-17 Perdue Farms Partners with National FFA Organization

Perdue Farms Partners with National FFA Organization

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INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, June 14, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Perdue Farms has recently become a new sponsor with the National FFA Organization and is working with the organization to provide FFA members the opportunity to grow into leaders, build their communities and strengthen agriculture through Supervised Agricultural Experience grants.

Perdue Farms announced in early June that they were donating $10,000 through its charitable giving arm The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to the National FFA Foundation to fund SAE grants in selected states this fall. FFA members who wish to initiate or improve their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) can apply for an SAE grant. Grant recipients are selected by the SAE Grants Committee, and are based primarily on financial need.

“We appreciate that the goals and values of Perdue Farms and its Foundation align with FFA and that they see agricultural education and FFA as a critical part of their industry and company success,” said Molly Ball, National FFA Foundation president. “We are thankful for support of our states and the SAE grants.” Continue reading

06-06-17 Inside the CO FFA w/State Advisor Kenton Ochsner: 89th CO FFA Convention at CSU-Pueblo, June 13-14-15

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CO FFA Advisor Kenton Ochsner

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 6,  2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Kenton Ochsner, Assistant Program Director of Agricultural Education with Colorado’s Community College System and State FFA Advisor discussing the 89th CO FFA State Convention coming up June 13-14-15 at CSU-Pueblo…

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06-09-17 CULVER’S: Three Students Win Money To Help Send FFA Chapters to National Convention in Indianapolis

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Culver’s announces winners of the third annual FFA Essay Contest

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – June 9, 2017The agricultural industry is a diverse field sustained by technology and full of possibilities. This was the common theme among the top three essays in Culver’s Third Annual FFA Essay Contest, which is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers™ program. The contest asked FFA members to discuss what they wished the general population knew about the agricultural industry and how they would help to educate people on the topic. Continue reading

06-07-17 FFA Award Winners Tour Ireland, Gain Perspective on Global Agriculture

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FFA Award Winners Tour Ireland, Gain Perspective on Global Agriculture

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, June 7, 2017/National FFA Organization) – As the agricultural community becomes increasingly global, it is crucial that young people considering careers in the industry understand the opportunities and challenges of international trade. A group of 52 national FFA award winners will tour agricultural sites in Ireland this summer and compare the industries of Ireland and the United States. Following an orientation session in New York City on June 8, the group will depart for a nine-day tour.

Participants were selected from the 188 National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Award finalists and the 16 American Star Award national finalists named last October at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The international experience, as well as cash awards and plaques, are made possible by business and industry contributions to the National FFA Foundation. Continue reading

06-06-17 Gaines to lead Kansas FFA Foundation

Gaines to lead Kansas FFA Foundation

Manhattan, Kansas – Beth Gaines has been announced as the new executive director of the Kansas FFA Foundation. Tom Hemmer, president, and CEO of the Solomon Corporation and outgoing chairman of the Kansas FFA Foundation Board of Trustees made the announcement May 31, at the start of the 89th Kansas State FFA Convention.

“We are excited to welcome Beth to the FFA team,” said Hemmer. “Her extensive network within agriculture and beyond, combined with her deep love and respect for the organization, make her a natural to fill this role.”

Gaines is a native Kansan and K-State alumnae with agriculture roots deep within Marion County. Now a resident of Westmoreland, Kansas, she will work on behalf of the Kansas FFA Foundation, securing funding for scholarships, leadership enrichment programs and recognition awards for Kansas FFA members and agriculture education programs. Continue reading

06-05-17 National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference Instills Importance of Growth, Leadership, Community Service

National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference Instills Importance of Growth, Leadership, Community Service

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, June 5, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Thousands of FFA members from throughout the country are converging on Washington, D.C., this summer to evaluate their personal skills and interests, develop leadership talent and create service plans that will make a difference in their communities. Continue reading

05-30-17 Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks Day” Raises $50,700 for Agricultural Education

Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks Day” Raises $50,700 for Agricultural Education

Restaurant guests’ donations supported FFA and other ag organizations

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – May 30, 2017Giving back to local communities has never been so delicious. On May 4, guests stopped by Culver’s restaurants across the country to donate $1 (or more) to local FFA chapters and other agricultural organizations. Guests received a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard in return for their donation, raising $50,700 for agricultural education organizations. Scoops of Thanks Day is part of Culver’s Thank You FarmersÔ program, which works to support today’s farm families and the next generation of agricultural leaders.

“Supporting agricultural education in local communities is as important to our guests as it is to Culver’s,” said Jessie Corning, senior marketing manager for Culver’s. “Scoops of Thanks Day allows us to come together and show our support for the next generation of agricultural leaders.” Continue reading

05-30-17 Inside Culver’s Restaurants with Jessie Corning: Thank You Farmers Initiative, #FarmingFridays & more…

Inside Culver’s Restaurants with Jessie Corning: Thank You Farmers Initiative, #FarmingFridays & more…

Jessie Corning, Senior Marketing Manager @ Culver’s

(THE BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO) —May 30, 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. And 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. Joining me to discuss #FarmingFridays and Culver’s Thank You Farmers Initiative is Jessie Corning, Senior Marketing Manager @ Culver’s

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To date, Thank You Farmers has raised over one million dollars in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations. To learn more about the program and how to get involved, visit www.culvers.com/farmers.

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05-24-17 CYFEA Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners: Bushnell, Schneider, Cooksey, Etl & Fischer

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CYFEA Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

The members of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association are proud to sponsor an outstanding educational scholarship program.

We are pleased to announce that the recipients of the scholarships for the 2017-2018 year are as follows:

  • Stephanie Bushnell of Ft. Lupton, CO attending NJC
  • McKenzie Schneider of Gill, CO attending  CSU
  • Molly Cooksey of Roggen, CO attending NJC
  • McCall Etl of Fleming, CO attending CSU
  • Nichole Fischer of Windsor, CO attending CSU

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05-19-17 WSSA Announces Officers to the Board of Directors and Seven New Trustees

Western Stock Show Association Announces Officers to the Board of Directors and Seven New Trustees 

Denver, CO.   –  During the Annual Meeting of the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA) today, the membership elected officers to serve on the Board of Directors as well as new Trustees to serve the Association.

Voted to serve as officers on the Board of the WSSA included Chairman of the Board, Pat Grant, and Vice Chairman of the Board, Doug Jones.  Pat Grant has served as Chairman for the past year.   Doug Jones is in his first year as Vice Chairman.   Sue Anschutz-Rodgers will serve as 1st Vice President, George G. “Buck” Hutchison 2nd Vice President, Secretary Mark Gustafson and Treasurer Terrance Carroll.  Pete Coors continues to be Chairman of the Capital Campaign, which is raising funds to be donated by the Association to the National Western Center for completion of the project.   Members of the Board of Directors include Justin Cumming, Don Elliman, Brooke Fox, Dr. Tony Frank, Gail Klapper, Guy McEndaffer, Barth Whitham, Ron Williams and President & CEO, Paul Andrews.

Paul Andrews stated, “In my seventh year as President and CEO of the WSSA, I am so blessed to have, what I consider to be, one of the most established and well-rounded Board of Directors in Colorado” said Andrews.  “As we look to the future, this group of leaders will enable us to climb to new heights and secure the future of the National Western Stock Show for generations to come.”

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05-18-17 Local Chapter Grants, Collegiate FFA Scholarships Illustrate AGCO Commitment to Future of Agriculture

Local Chapter Grants, Collegiate FFA Scholarships Illustrate AGCO Commitment to Future of Agriculture

30 FFA Chapters, including CO’s Briggsdale FFA Chapter and 118 individuals putting funds to good use

DULUTH, GA — AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, AGCO Finance and AGCO-affiliated dealerships across the country are providing more than $166,000 in grants and scholarships in support of local FFA Chapters and the 2017 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program. Providing grants to local FFA Chapters is the newest aspect of more than 70 years of support from AGCO and its brands and an effort AGCO leadership, dealers and the local chapters are especially excited about.

“Several of the Massey Ferguson®, Challenger® and Gleane dealers throughout the AGCO network asked us for a way to support the activities and needs of FFA chapters in their local communities. In response, we expanded our scholarship program to provide AGCO dealer grants,” Alistair McLelland, vice president of marketing, North America explains. “The first grants were presented three years ago, and we’ve seen those investments put to work in some very thoughtful and beneficial ways.” A few examples include:

  • Saranac FFA in Saranac, Mich., was in desperate need of technology in their classroom, so they used the funds to purchase Chromebook™ laptops for students to use when completing lab assignments.
  • At the Kern County FFA in Lake Isabella, Calif., the funds had a significant impact through the chapter’s annual Food for America program where students educate kindergarteners about the importance of agriculture. More than 700 kindergarteners were engaged through hands-on education and chapter members honed their presentation and “Agvocacy” skills. The grant also helped provide education materials and products that were given to each of the elementary groups.
  • Jordan-Matthews FFA in Siler City, N.C., is putting up a new fence around raised garden beds at the school as they expand the hands-on learning aspects for their Horticulture curriculum.
  • Jackson County Central FFA, in Jackson, Minn., used their grant to send members to the Minnesota State FFA Convention. 
  • The Briggsdale FFA Chapter in Briggsdale, Colo., applied its grant to cover the costs of registration for conferences and contests, providing opportunities that help students better understand the agricultural industry. Students benefit from meeting industry professionals, as well as through exploring college campuses that offer a wide range of agricultural degree options. The grants help offset an expense that some families can’t afford. 

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05-18-17 More Than 230 Students Receive FFA Jackets From Culver’s

More Than 230 Students Receive FFA Jackets From Culver’s

Restaurants donate over $30,000 in blue jackets to FFA members

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – May 18, 2017 – When does a jacket stand for faith, honor and pride? When it’s an FFA blue jacket. Local Culver’s restaurants along with Culver’s Support Center  worked with the National FFA Organization, which develops its members’ unique talents and explores their interests through agricultural education, to donate over $30,000 to the organization’s blue jacket program. Continue reading

05-18-17 NWSS CAC News: Meet The Kids and Calves of 2018

Meet The Kids and Calves of 2018

The NWSS Catch-A-Calf Program is Underway
Our 2018 Catch-A-Calf participants have been matched with their new projects for the upcoming year. They’ve headed home with their Hereford steers from the XIT Ranch in Plains, Kan., to prep for their big debut at next year’s National Western Stock Show.
The Catch-A-Calf kids are responsible for breaking, feeding and raising these calves for almost nine months. At NWSS 2018, they turn in a record book, give a speech on their experience, and complete an interview. After showing in showmanship and live evaluation, points are tabulated to determine the Grand and Reserve Grand steers, which will sell in the coveted Jr. Livestock Auction.
We had 55 kids apply for 40 spots in this year’s program. The final contestants include 23 kids from Colorado, 9 in Wyoming, 6 in Nebraska and 2 from Kansas. Best of luck to all throughout the coming year!

05-12-17 CPPC announce FFA Fundraising: 2017 Taste of Elegance on June 2nd

Colorado Pork Producers announce FFA Fundraising: 2017 Taste of Elegance on June 2nd

The Colorado Pork Producers Council invite everyone to attend the Taste of Elegance, a fundraiser to benefit the Colorado FFA Foundation.

CPPC will be hosting this 10-course pork sampling from chefs all across Colorado, and it will be held at The Platte River Fort west of Kersey from 6:00 pm until 8:00. There will also be music and Colorado beer and wine included in the price. This event is a joint fundraising event for the Colorado FFA Foundation and the Colorado Chefs Association.  To RSVP for this event, visit www.coloradoffafoundation.org.

This event is funded partially by your check off dollars and the National Pork Board.  For more information on this event you can call the Colorado Pork Producers Council at (970) 356-4964.

05-10-17 BASF Strengthens Partnership with National FFA Organization

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BASF Strengthens Partnership with National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 10, 2017/National FFA Organization) – For more than 60 years, BASF has worked with the National FFA Organization to ensure the future of agriculture and agricultural education. Through a generous donation, BASF has worked with FFA to provide FFA members the opportunity to grow into leaders, build their communities and strengthen agriculture.

In 2017, BASF will serve as a Silver sponsor. They currently support state officer programs, delegate programs, the grain production-placement proficiency as well as the Teach Ag program.

“We appreciate that the goals and values of BASF align with FFA and that they see agricultural education and FFA as a critical part of their industry and company success,” said Molly Ball, National FFA Foundation president.  “We are thankful for their increased support to become a Silver sponsor.” Continue reading

05-10-17 Octane Press: New Ag Literacy Tool for Young Children

New Children’s Book, Busy on the Farm Serves as  Ag Literacy Tool

Sixth in the Casey & Friends Series featuring Woman Farmer and STEM Aspects of Production Agriculture

AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 10, 2017) – Busy on the Farm: with Casey & Friends, the sixth in a series of books for children ages four through eight, is a fun and entertaining yet educational story about caring for livestock. It helps children understand the connection between agriculture and food production, highlighting the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) used every day in farming. With its entertaining and whimsical cartoon characters and educational content, Busy on the Farmcan help both farm and non-farm children learn about modern agriculture.

“Science and technology are at the heart of today’s agriculture,” says Holly Dufek, author of the Casey & Friends series. “Including STEM aspects of agriculture was a natural fit, and the book exposes young children to agriculture and science with the hope of exciting them about both.”

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05-04-17 Celebrate DENVER at the 2017 Denver County Fair July 21-23

 

Celebrate DENVER at the Denver County Fair, July 21-23, 2017

(Denver, Colo.) – The Denver County Fair is back and under new ownership. The Western Stock Show Association purchased the fair in February 2017 and is committed to continuing the unique event while adding some features as only National Western can do.

The urban county fair offers affordable family fun while showcasing Denver’s unique character and culture.  Bring the family and enjoy the largest DCF carnival yet, with more than 20 amusement rides, pony rides, camel rides and unicorn rides.  The indoor/outdoor fair will include over 12 unique pavilions, 6 stages with a variety of programming, local bands and talents, a ukulele contest, live contests that test your know-how and hot dog, pie and bug-eating contests. Continue reading