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Greeley, CO – January 23, 2017 – Once again this year, Brian Allmer of The BARN will be the emcee for BEEF DAY @ the 2017 CO Farm Show on January 24th from 9 am – 3:15 pm in Events Center Room A at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.
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Colorado FFA Foundation and Titan International team up Tire Auction
GREELEY—The Colorado FFA Foundation, Titan International, and Good Year Farm Tires have partnered to present a farm tire auction during the Colorado Farm Show. The auction will take place live at 12:30 pm, January 26th in front of the Event Center at Island Grove Regional. The Colorado Farm Show and BigIron Auctions are also supporting partners. Bidders will be able to purchase new atv, skid steer, sprinkler, and tractor tires while supporting Colorado FFA. All proceeds from the auction benefit Colorado FFA Foundation and it’s mission. Big Iron Auctions will be calling the auction live and offering online bidding at www.bigiron.com. More information can be found online at www.coloradoffafoundation.org. Continue reading →
Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $61,000 in grant funds
DENVER— The Colorado FFA Foundation presented FFA members and FFA Chapters from all across Colorado with grant funds to assist FFA members and chapters improve agricultural experiences in their local communities. Students and chapters were presented grant funds for four different programs that the FFA Foundation and the Colorado FFA Association host each year.
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Strategic Communications Director to Retire from National FFA Organization
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Jan. 23, 2017/National FFA Organization) – For almost 40 years, Bill Stagg has shared the story of agricultural education and FFA throughout the country. Today, the director of strategic communications for the National FFA Organization has announced he will retire at the end of January.
A graduate of Virginia Tech, Stagg began his career with the National FFA Organization in Alexandria, Va., in November 1978. For 38 years, he has been dedicated to living the FFA motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”
“Working for FFA has been such a joy,” said Stagg. “From the moment I set foot in a local high school agricultural education program, I saw caring teachers working with students in extraordinary ways. I understood the power of that close teacher-student relationship to transform the lives of young people and accelerate their personal, academic and career development. I’ve loved working on behalf of FFA members, their teachers/advisors and the dedicated professionals who support them. The story of FFA is a uniquely American one, and it’s been immensely satisfying to share it with others and see it evolve.” Continue reading →
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Western Spirit Alive at the 111th National Western Stock Show – Final Sunday Sets Attendance Record
Denver, CO. – The 2017 National Western Stock Show finished strong with the third highest overall attendance in Stock Show history at 684,580 visitors. The largest Stock Show attendance was in 2006 for the 100th Anniversary with 726,972 guests. The 2017 show reported a record closing Sunday with 42,661 fans enjoying Guest Appreciation Day. “We are thrilled with the number of guests that came out to help us celebrate,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “These numbers are tremendous. Any time we see more than 650,000 people in 16 days, we are ecstatic.” Continue reading →
(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 21, 2016 – Since 1965, the CO Farm Show has been a long-standing agriculture tradition in the state.The annual three-day event will take place on Jan 24-25-26 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, CO and it features almost 350 ag-related exhibits and draws more than 30,000 visitors from throughout the region interested in learning more about ag products, services, and machinery. And volunteers with a love for agriculture make it happen. Not only that but the CO Farm Show also GIVES BACK by way of scholarships…in fact counting this year’s awards…the Colorado Farm Show, will have awarded $186,000 in scholarships to Colorado’s graduating High School Seniors that pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.
Joining the CO Ag News Network to announce the 2017 CO Farm Show Scholarship recipients is Erich Ehrlich, Chairman of the Marketing Committee…
The Colorado Farm Show will award eight graduating high school seniors and two college students a total of $23,000 to help with their higher education goals. Six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $4,000 renewable Colorado Farm Show Scholarships, two $1,500 Colorado Farm Show Secondary Scholarships will be awarded on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at a banquet held in the recipient’s honor at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley CO. This brings the total scholarship dollars awarded by the Colorado Farm Show to Colorado young adults pursuing careers in Agriculture to $186,000.
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Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!
Denver, Colo. –The 2017 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a Stock Show record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $442,500. The standing room only crowd hollered as the Grand Champion Steer set a record selling for $135,000. The auction started with a bang when the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb sold for $34,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $6,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for a record-breaking $107,500, exceeding last year’s bid of $70,000.
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, which funds scholarships in agriculture and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. This year 80 students received funds to aid their education.
The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9News at 6:30pm.
The top eight champion animals were shown by an all-girls cast and the results are listed below: Continue reading →
Culver’s Sponsors FFA Day at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show
Restaurant covers registration fee for up to 250 members on Friday, Feb. 3
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Jan. 18, 2017 – Culver’s is supporting the country’s next generation of agricultural leaders by sponsoring FFA Day at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show on Friday, Feb. 3, in Nashville, Tennessee. The restaurant will cover registration fees for the first 250 FFA members who register to attend the trade show using the promotion code “FFACULVERS”.
“The NCBA trade show is part of the largest event in its industry, so it’s a great opportunity for future agricultural leaders to network and learn,” said Jessie Corning, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “We’re excited to help more FFA members attend.”
FFA Day is open to all FFA members and advisors. With over 300 exhibitors and 7,000 industry professionals, farmers and ranchers in attendance, FFA Day is a valuable opportunity for FFA members to learn about career options available in the cattle industry. Continue reading →
Angus Foundation Heifer Package Raises More Than $265,000 for Youth, Education & Research
Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb., purchases Basin Lucy 6265, donated by Basin Angus Ranch, Joliet, Mont.
The Angus Foundation Heifer Package has been the premier fundraiser for the Angus Foundation to generate funds for Angus youth, education and research efforts. Generous Angus breeders from across the country stepped up as buyers on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Bull Sale in Denver, Colo., to raise $265,750 in support of the Angus Foundation.
It was standing room only in the historic Stadium Arena when the Angus Foundation Heifer Package sold for $170,000 to longtime Angus supporters, Charles W. and Judy Herbster of Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb. Continue reading →
Members of the North American Limousin Junior Association paraded their Limousin and Lim-Flex entries in the 2017 National Western Stock Show junior show. The show was held Tuesday, January 10 in the NWSS Stadium Arena, Denver. Judge Jon DeClerck, Lubbock, Texas, evaluated the 18 Limousin and 34 Lim-Flex animals. Continue reading →
Governor Hickenlooper Announces Colorado State Fair Commissioner Appointments
The Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners directs and supervises the Colorado State Fair and Industrial Exposition. The Fair is held annually at Pueblo for the display of livestock and agricultural, horticultural, industrial, mining, recreational, educational and scientific products of the State of Colorado. For terms expiring November 1, 2020:
Virginia “Ginny” Vietti of Frisco, a Democrat residing in the Second Congressional District, reappointed;
Ralph Paul Youngs of Steamboat Springs, an Unaffiliated residing in the Third Congressional District, appointed.
(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) January 3, 2017 – Did you know that there is New legislation that will provide farmers with tax credits if they lease land to first-time farmers?
The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is responsible for administering that program. And joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this in more detail is Jim Rubingh, Executive Director of CADA…
The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is an independent public body established by statute in 1981. Its mission is to encourage the investment of private capital in the agricultural sector through the use of public financing for the purpose of making low-interest loans available to agricultural producers for specified uses. To learn more about the Colorado Agriculture Development Authority, or to apply for a Beginning Farmer Loan, please visit http://www.cadafarmloan.com/
Make plans to attend the National FFA Alumni Conference in Orem, UT Feb 3-4…
Registrations due by January 22nd…
The National FFA Organizations Alumni Region 2 Development Conference will be Feb. 3-4, 2017 in Orem, Utah. This two-day conference is available at no cost for anyone interested in gaining knowledge on how to grow your alumni members at the state and local level.
On Friday evening, Feb. 3, attendees will focus on the state-level leader training and administration. Check with your state to make sure your state council is attending. The second day, Saturday, Feb. 4, will be local-level training targeting individual members, agriculture business and industry, educators and other members of Team Ag Ed. This conference is full of valuable and timely information. It will allow attendees to network and share ideas with other alumni members from across the region. Continue reading →
Inside the BARN with Angus Foundation’s Chris Stephens…
Chris Stephens, Angus Foundation’s Assistant Director of Development
(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 20, 2016 –Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time by telephone is Chris Stephens, Angus Foundation’s Assistant Director of Development, discussing Angus activities during the 111th NWSS in January.
Specifically, Stephens focuses on the fundraising initiative the non-profit oversees to advance youth, education and research initiatives...
Courtesy of the American Angus Association and NWSS
Inside the American Angus Association with David Gazda, Region 2 Manager: NWSS Angus Bull Sale and more…
(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 16, 2016 – On Jan. 11, 2017, a new evening event will grace the Stadium Arena during the 111th NWSS, to not only celebrate the heritage of ranching, but also the unprecedented, century-plus expansion of Angus into the West.
Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the Angus Bull Sale in more detail is David Gazda, Regional Manager with the American Angus Association who is also the NWSS Angus Bull Sale manager…
Angus to host its first-ever evening auction and social in the historic Stadium Arena during the National Western Stock Show.
Denver’s historic Stadium Arena, the heart of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), was built in 1909 to celebrate the growth and viability of the West’s ranching industry.
Today, its brick walls, steel columns and distinctive green chairs still bear witness to dozens of cattle shows each year, and the old building remains a symbol of the forward-leaning optimism of ranchers. On Jan. 11, 2017, a new evening event will grace the Stadium Arena to not only celebrate the heritage of ranching, but also the unprecedented, century-plus expansion of Angus into the West.
Sponsored by Merial, the event will feature a bull sale, a fundraising auction and live entertainment. It’s also open to any cattle producer interested in attending with additional support from Neogen GeneSeek Operations.
“We’re excited to host this event in Denver, and we want all ranchers to know they’re welcome to attend,” says Allen Moczygemba, American Angus Association CEO. “Our goal is to renew our commitment to the National Western Stock Show, and to reinvigorate the interest of commercial producers and others in Angus events in Denver.”
The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with the National Western Angus Bull Sale, featuring more than 50 lots of top genetics from leading registered operations from across the country. Producers interested in evaluating the bulls prior to the sale may attend the Angus Sale Bull Show beginning at 8 a.m., earlier that day. Cash prizes and awards this year will exceed $10,000, and the grand and reserve grand champion bulls will be awarded a $1,000 genetic package donated by Zoetis. Continue reading →
Colorado Pork Producers to hold Pork Act Delegate Election
December 14, 2016 – The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2018 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 10:00 Am January 21,2017, in conjunction with a Board of Directors meeting of Colorado Pork Producers Council at Park Place Hyatt Downtown in Denver, CO 440 14th St. All Colorado pork producers are invited to attend.
Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.
Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…
(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) December 07, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report on the Colorado Ag News Network discussing several topics with RMFU’s Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…
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National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches
By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Cheyenne County
Cheyenne Wells – The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is having a big year! 2017 marks the 80th year of Catch-a-Calf! With such an important anniversary it is a great year to enter the contest. However, the deadline is fast approaching.
Catch-a-Calf participants first must catch a calf at one of the National Western Stock Show Rodeo performances. They then return in May to receive their project, which they are required to feed and care for until the following year’s Stock Show. At that time participants bring their steers to be evaluated based on their rate of gain, appearance, and carcass. Participants must also submit a record book, participate in an interview, and compete in showmanship. The overall grand and reserve grand champion Catch-a-Calf steers are eligible for the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Program would not be possible without generous sponsors, so participants are also required to send monthly correspondence to their sponsors.
This practical beef cattle management educational program is open to 4-H members from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska that are between 12 and 19 years of age, as of December 31st, 2016. Youth must complete an application and return it by the December 1st, 2016 deadline. For an application and more information please visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-contest/ or see your local extension office.