02-28-19 CFB: ‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). As part of ASAP, March 3-9 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “Safety: Know Your Limits.”

A different safety focus will be highlighted by Colorado Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers each day of the week: (Listen to the PSA’s below)

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02-27-19 Colorado FFA Foundation Inducts Hickert, Hutchinson & Williams into the 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame

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Colorado FFA Foundation Inducts Hickert, Hutchinson & Williams into the 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame

DENVER, CO – February 27, 2019 – The Colorado FFA Foundation inducted three more members into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 27, 2019.  Mr. Jay Hickert, Akron, Mr. George “Buck” Hutchison, Englewood, and Mr. Dan Williams, Denver, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“We are proud to add three more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be diverse, and very competitive.  I am amazed at the significant contributions to agriculture that all of our nominees possess. “said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Continue reading

02-19-19 Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: 5th Annual FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

The contest ends April 8th, 2019, at 5 p.m. CST / 4pm CST

Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

Jessie Kreke Culver’s Senior Marketing Manager

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 19, 2019 – This week is National FFA Week and Culver’s Restaurants are celebrating it in a big way once again in 2019! Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jessie Kreke, one of Culver’s senior marketing managers. Kreke discusses the 5th Annual FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmer’s Project, Culver’s Restaurants and much more within the interview…

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ORIGINAL CULVER’S 5th FFA ESSAY CONTEST PRESS RELEASE – CLICK HERE

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02-18-19 Culver’s Kicks Off Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest

 

Culver’s Kicks Off Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest

Restaurant franchise to award $15,000 

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 18, 2019 – Today Culver’s is continuing its tradition of celebrating National FFA Week by launching its fifth annual FFA Essay Contest. Three essay writers will be chosen to receive $7,500, $5,000 or $2,500 for their FFA chapters. The essay contest is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of—and passion for—the agricultural industry.

This year, contestants are being asked to respond to this:

  • The average age of a farmer is 58. Why is it important for more young people to get involved with agriculture? Why should they be excited to join the agricultural industry?

FFA members are encouraged to submit essays of 1,000 words or less at Culvers.com/essaycontest until April 8, 2019, at 5 p.m. CT. Continue reading

02-15-19 Colorado FFA Foundation to induct 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees – GET YOUR TIX ASAP – Event is Nearly Sold Out!

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Colorado FFA Foundation to induct 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

GET YOUR TIX ASAP – Event is Nearly Sold Out!

The Colorado FFA Foundation will induct three more members into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 27, 2019.  Mr. Jay Hickert, Akron, Mr. George “Buck” Hutchison, Englewood, and Mr. Dan Williams, Denver, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“We are proud to add three more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be diverse, and very competitive.  I am amazed at the significant contributions to agriculture that all of our nominees possess. “said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Continue reading

02-04-19 CYFEA / 4RIVERS’ John Deere “Tractor Hours” Auction Huge Success at 55th CO Farm Show!

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COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION and 4RIVERS EQUIPMENT COMPANY RAISED OVER $14,000 FOR THE CYFEA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND WITH THEIR “TRACTOR HOURS” LIVE AUCTION EVENT ON JANUARY 31, 2019 AT THE 2019 CO FARM SHOW

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce that over $14,000 was raised for their Academic Scholarship fund, last Thursday at the 2019 CO Farm Show!  The CYFEA “Tractor Hours” live auction fund raising event was held at noon on January 31st, at the 4Rivers Equipment booth inside the Events Center.  Bryson Miller, of Auctioneers Miller and Associates, called this fun event.

A total of 175 tractor hours were auctioned off, split between five buyers that included: M & M Farms of Berthoud; Knapp Land and Cattle of Rocky Ford; Larson Farms and Feeding of Gill;  Marrs Milky Way Dairy of Ault, and Cook Brothers Farming, of Eaton.  The CYFEA would like to thank these buyers, along with 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere who graciously sponsored the event this year.  Continue reading

01-31-19 SAVE THE DATE! CYFEA & 4RIVERS Equipment Company hosted a John Deere “Tractor Hours” Auction at 55th CO Farm Show!

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COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION and 4RIVERS EQUIPMENT COMPANY PRESENT A JOHN DEERE
“TRACTOR HOURS” LIVE AUCTION EVENT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019 -COMPLETE
DURING THE 2019 CO FARM SHOW
ISLAND GROVE PARK, GREELEY

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The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the 55th CO Farm Show want to remind you about the CYFEA 2019 “Tractor Hours” Live Auction fund raising event, was held during the noon hour on the Farm Show’s “Ag Education Day”, Thursday, January 31, 2019.  All the proceeds will benefit the CYFEA’s Academic Scholarship Program, which annually awards one scholarship each for a Colorado college bound freshman, sophomore, junior and senior student who is majoring in the field of agriculture.

A total of 150 tractor hours were sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere.  The CYFEA will sold seven, 25 hour blocks. On Thursday January 31st, several bidders participated in this fun and useful 2019 CYFEA fund raising event which raised $14,100 from 5 bidders. Auctioneers Miller Associates called this exciting event. Continue reading

12-31-18 Check out the 2019 Colorado Farm Show Online Brochure!

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 CO Farm Show Brochure online…

Mark your Calendars!

The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show is set for January 29-31, 2019 in Greeley, Colorado

The Colorado Farm Show Board and volunteers hope you are making plans to attend the 2019 Colorado Farm Show. This 55th Annual event is one of the largest – and oldest – farm shows in the nation. The 3-day show will be held January 29, 30 & 31, 2019 at the Island Grove Regional Park, Weld County in Greeley, Colorado.

To see a complete schedule and view the online brochure for the 55th Colorado Farm Show, Jan 29-31, 2019, please visit www.coloradofarmshow.com. 

There is no admission fee to attend, simply a $5 parking fee, which includes complimentary shuttle service from your car to the front door. There is no limit on how many people you can load in your car, truck, semi or tractor for that matter…So, we hope YOU are making plans to attend each and every day!

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01-25-19 The NWSS Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record

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Kassidy Bremer, showed her 1,369-pound Reserve Grand Champion Steer – CLICK HERE to watch the NWSS Webcast Archive

The National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record 

DENVER, CO – The standing-room-only crowd at the 2019 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for an all-time record of $150,000. The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $480,000. The Grand Champion Hog sold for $70,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for an impressive $90,000.
The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Scholarship Trust funds scholarships in agriculture studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education. For more information regarding the Scholarship Trust, please visit nationalwestern.com/educational-support/.
The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9NEWS at 6:30 p.m., and the exciting results are as follows:

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01-14-19 National Western Stock Show Opens Doors with Record Sunday

National Western Stock Show Opens Doors with Record Sunday

DENVER, CO – *CORRECTED* The National Western Stock Show opened its doors Saturday, January 12th, with record attendance.  The super Saturday recorded 837 more guests than the year before, setting a new opening Saturday record of 53,806 guests.  The previous opening day record was 52,969 guests. The Stock Show grounds were also bustling Sunday, marking a successful opening weekend.

“These are the best sixteen days in January, and we are delighted so many people came out to celebrate Colorado’s Western tradition with us this weekend,” said Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show President and CEO. “Between the exciting pro rodeos, barbecues and fiddle competitions, it was a tremendous way to kick-off the one hundred and thirteen-year-old event.”
The 2019 Stock Show will continue through January 27th, and there is much more to look forward to. From PBR Bull Riding, pro rodeos, MLK Jr. Rodeo to Xtreme Dogs shows, Wild West shows and world-class horse shows, there is so much more to see and do.
Tuesday, January 15th, is Free Grounds Admission Day, compliments of Arrow Electronics. It includes a host of activities with the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows, the National Western Nursery of baby animals, Coors Western Art gallery, Colorado’s largest western trade show, and more. Parking is free in National Western parking lots along with complimentary shuttle services.
Grounds admission and event tickets are on sale now at nationalwestern.com, all King Soopers locations and the National Western box office.

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01-11-19 2019 WELD COUNTY FAIR ROYALTY COURT CORONATED

2019 WELD COUNTY FAIR ROYALTY COURT CORONATED

The 2019 Weld County Fair Royalty Court was officially announced and coronated by Weld County Commissioner Scott James and Weld County Fair Board President Tracy Axton on January 7th.

Camy Seelhoff, a senior at Valley High School and the daughter of Kelly and Fred Seelhoff of Greeley was named 2019 Weld County Fair Queen. Shelby Tveten, a junior at Roosevelt High School, and daughter of Bruce and Linda Tveten of Johnstown was named 2019 Weld County Fair Attendant. The Royalty court was rounded out with Mayzie Helzer an 8th grader at Platte Valley Middle School and daughter of Jeremy and Kim Helzer of LaSalle, named as the 2019 Weld County Fair Princess.  Continue reading

01-09-19 Inside the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association with Executive Director Sharon Pattee…

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Inside the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association with Executive Director Sharon Pattee

CYFEA @ 113th NWSS, CYFEA @ 55th CO Farm Show, CYFEA/4Rivers “Tractor Hours” LIVE Auction, CYFEA Scholarships, CYFEA’s 50th State Institute & More

BRIGGSDALE, CO – January 9, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio inside The BARN to discuss the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the upcoming events they are participating in is Sharon Pattee, CYFEA Executive Director. Topics include:

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12-20-18 Ardent Mills Looks Back on a Year of Grain Innovation and Trends

 

Ardent Mills Looks Back on a Year of Grain Innovation and Trends

Denver, Colorado December 20, 2018 – As 2018 winds down, Ardent Mills, North America’s leading flour supplier and grain innovator, looks back at some grain-based culinary trends that emerged this year. “We had an exciting year with the launch of our new business unit, The Annex by Ardent Mills (The Annex). Introducing The Annex at the year’s industry events provided great opportunities to showcase new ideas for using specialty grains and innovative formats, like crisps or puffed grains and individually quick frozen (IQF) grains,” says Shrene White, general manager of The Annex.

The culinary team at Ardent Mills created on-trend menus and CPG-ready manufacturing ideas, inspiring industry leaders to consider plant-based, grain foods in new and convenient ways. Here are five ideas: Continue reading

12-17-18 Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn…

Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn…

2019 CO FFA Annual Grants, 2019 NWSS, 55th CO Farm Show, 30th Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame and more…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 17, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio inside the BARN with an update from the Colorado FFA Foundation is Executive Director Don Thorn, who discusses several topics including:

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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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12-17-18 Colorado FFA Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

Colorado FFA Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

Approximately $105K to be awarded to 77 CO FFA Members

Greeley— The Colorado FFA Foundation announced the recipients of it’s annual grant program. FFA members and FFA Chapters from all across Colorado will receive grant funds to assist FFA members and chapters improve agricultural experiences in their local communities.  Students and chapters can receive grant funds in three different programs that the FFA Foundation and the Colorado FFA Association host each year.  Those programs are: Continue reading

12-12-18 Culver’s Support of Agricultural Education Surpasses $2 Million

Culver’s Support of Agricultural Education Surpasses $2 Million

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—Dec. 6, 2018—As the average age of a farmer rises to 58, Culver’s wants to ensure younger generations have access to agricultural education, so they’re able to maintain our country’s future food supply. In 2018, the restaurant chain donated $465,000 to agricultural education programs, including FFA.

The donations are part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project, an initiative that supports agricultural education programs that teach smart farming. In 2018, Culver’s efforts to raise money and awareness for the importance of agriculture included a variety of programs: Continue reading

11-29-18 Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Goats from 2019 NWSS to be displayed at the Denver Athletic Club

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Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Goats from 2019 NWSS to be displayed at the Denver Athletic Club

For 73 years now, our Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Livestock Auction Steers have joined patrons in the lobby of the Brown Palace for morning tea. This year, we’re adding a new animal to this fun tradition. The Grand and Reserve Champion Goats are headed to a different iconic site in urban Denver. They will be on display at the Denver Athletic Club on January 17th. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this inaugural event!

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Colorado Farm Show Announces 2019 Scholarships

Colorado Farm Show Announces 2019 Scholarships

GREELEY, CO- The Colorado Farm Show will award eleven graduating high school seniors a total of $23,000 to help with their higher education goals and expenses. Not too mention, two $1500 Secondary Scholarships will also be awarded to recipients as they continue the next year at their respective colleges.

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11-26-18 In Memory of Charles Dixon Waneka

In Memory of Charles Dixon Waneka

FEBRUARY 11, 1921 ~ NOVEMBER 19, 2018 (AGE 97)

He loved history, and now, after 97 years of life, it his time to tell his story. Charles (Chuck) Waneka passed away on November 19, 2018.

Charles Dixon Waneka was born on February 11th, 1921 on the family farm in eastern Lafayette. He was the second child born to William P. Waneka and Bessie Dixon Waneka. His only sibling, Wilbur, was 18 months older than him. Continue reading

11-16-18 CLA: Safety on the Farm Pays Dividends – $1.9 Million Since 2001

Safety on the Farm Pays Dividends

Colorado Livestock Association Safety Group members returned $1.9 million in performance dividends over 17 years

Greeley, CO – Greeley, CO – Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) members lead the industry in their commitment to creating a safe workplace for their employees. The CLA Safety Group Program has been in place since 2001, and was designed to reduce Workers Compensation costs by promoting safety and claims management on farms and ranches.

The 2017 performance results locked at the end of September 2018 and the CLA Safety Group performed to a 29.6% loss ratio, outperforming the required 55% loss ratio to receive a Group Dividend. Due to these excellent results, CLA Safety Group members will be returned $234,172.00 for the 2017 year. Since the CLA Safety Group Program began in 2001, the program has paid out $1,907,070.00 in Safety Group Dividends to its members. These premium dollars are returned to safety group members in the form of a dividend based on their operation’s safety performance. Group members have now received a dividend for the fourth year in a row. Continue reading