02-16-17 FFA Members Across the Country to Celebrate National FFA Week

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Click here to learn more about the National FFA Organization

Click here to learn more about the National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. Next week, more than 649,000 FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National FFA Week.

National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host a variety of activities to raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

National FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, George Washington’s birthday. This year, the week kicks off on Feb. 18 and culminates on Feb. 25. Continue reading

02-17-17 Culver’s Launches Third Annual FFA Essay Contest

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Restaurant celebrates FFA Week with contest that sends FFA chapters to national convention

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 20, 2017 – There are already 649,355 reasons to celebrate National FFA Week, but Culver’s is adding one more. On Feb. 20, Culver’s will kick off its third annual FFA Essay Contest to award three winners the funds to send their FFA chapters to the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28, 2017.

The essay contest asks FFA members to submit an essay in response to the following questions: As a future ag leader, what do you want people to know about the agricultural industry? How will you help to educate them on this subject? Culver’s will award prizes for the top three essays, providing winners with $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. To submit their essays, FFA members should visit Culvers.com/essaycontest. The contest ends March 31, 2017, at 5 p.m. CST. Continue reading

02-01-17 Culver’s Raises Over $360,000 for Agricultural Organizations in 2016

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Culver’s Raises Over $360,000 for Agricultural Organizations in 2016

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 1, 2017 –Culver’s restaurants across 24 states continue to build support for American agriculture as part of the chain’s Thank You Farmers program. Since its inception in 2013 over a million dollars has been raised in support of the National FFA Organization, local FFA chapters and a variety of other agricultural organizations.

Culver’s remains committed to sourcing the finest ingredients America’s family growers have to offer. The restaurant chain has turned its gratitude into full-fledged support of today’s farm families, while providing financial support to those young people wishing to pursue a career in agriculture.

In 2016, over $360,000 was raised for local FFA chapters, the National FFA Foundation and other agricultural organizations across the country. Included is over $31,000 for the Blue Jacket program, where Culver’s sponsors the cost of purchasing FFA jackets for members who otherwise wouldn’t be able to own this special attire. In addition, following the passing of Culver’s President and CEO Phil Keiser last fall, $25,000 was contributed in his name for an FFA endowment scholarship. Continue reading

01-05-17 Help the CO FFA Foundation by participating in the TITAN FFA Tire Auction on January 26th!

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation's Website

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation’s Website

Colorado FFA Foundation and Titan International team up Tire Auction

ffa-titan-tire-auctionGREELEY—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.orgContinue reading

Beef Day Audio from 2017 Colorado Farm Show Beef Day, sponsored by the Colorado Beef Council and Emceed by Brian Allmer of The BARN…


brian-allmer-of-the-barn.jpgGreeley, 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.

2017 CO Farm Show Beef Day presentations include: Continue reading

12-21-16 Announcing the Colorado Farm Show 2017 Scholarship Award Winners…



Colorado Farm Show 2017 Scholarships


Erich Ehrlich, CFS Marketing Committee Chairman

(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.

Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship Winner’s Continue reading

01-23-17 Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $61,000 in grant funds

Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $61,000 in grant funds

Colorado FFA Foundation LogoDENVER— 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.

Those programs are: Continue reading

01-23-17 Bill Stagg, Strategic Communications Director to Retire from National FFA Organization

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Click here to learn more about the National FFA Organization

Strategic Communications Director to Retire from National FFA Organization

national-ffa-william-staggINDIANAPOLIS (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

01-23-17 Western Spirit Alive at the 111th National Western Stock Show – Final Sunday Sets Attendance Record

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets - CLICK HERE

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets – CLICK HERE

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

01-20-17 NWSS ​Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets - CLICK HERE

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets – CLICK HERE

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

01-18-17 Culver’s Sponsors FFA Day at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show


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

2017_ncba-trade-show-and-convention-logoPRAIRIE 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

01-12-17 Angus Foundation Heifer Package Raises More Than $265,000 for Youth, Education & Research

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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

01-10-17 Champions named in NWSS junior Limousin show

Champions named in NWSS junior Limousin show

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

01-04-17 Governor Hickenlooper Announces Colorado State Fair Commissioner Appointments

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Governor Hickenlooper Announces Colorado State Fair Commissioner Appointments

CSF in Pueblo logoThe 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 2017 CO State Fair Aug 25th – Sept 4th learn more online @ http://www.coloradostatefair.com/



Inside the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority w/Jim Rubingh: Beginning Farmer Loans, Tax Deductions and more…

CADA-Colorado Agriculture Development Authority header(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/

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12-21-16 Make plans to attend the National FFA Alumni Conference in Orem, UT Feb 3-4…

Make plans to attend the National FFA Alumni Conference in Orem, UT Feb 3-4…

Registrations due by January 22nd…

alumni-emblem-without-background 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