11-21-16 NWSS Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches


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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.

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11-18-16 WELD COUNTY FAIR WINS BIG AT REGIONAL CONVENTION

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WELD COUNTY FAIR WINS BIG AT REGIONAL CONVENTION

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Greeley, CO – November 17, 2016 – The Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs, an organization of fairs from nine western states and two Canadian provinces, held its annual convention November 9th – 12th in Spokane, Washington. The Summit Awards Program is a contest for fairs to enter their posters, brochures, fair books, pictures, and other promotional items to be judged and given awards. The entries are put on display for all attendees to enjoy during the convention.  Continue reading

11-18-16 WELD COUNTY FAIR COORDINATOR NAMED 2016 FAIR MANAGER OF THE YEAR

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WELD COUNTY FAIR COORDINATOR NAMED 2016 FAIR MANAGER OF THE YEAR

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WCF Coordinator Janet Konkel with Jim Abendschan, RMAF Southeast District Director

Greeley, CO – November 17, 2016 – Once a year Fairs from nine western states and two Canadian provinces gather to share ideas and honor those in the industry who have made a difference at the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs (RMAF) convention. Weld County Fair Coordinator, Janet Konkel, was nominated by peers and selected by the RMAF board of directors to be honored as the 2016 Fair Manager of the Year. Janet was presented with a beautiful glass statue, as well as a custom Montana Silversmith name badge, sponsored by local feed and pet supply store J&T Feeds.

“Janet Konkel is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about the Weld County Fair. These, and other attributes have helped her be successful in coordinating one of the largest county fairs in Colorado,” said Keith Maxey, Director, CSU Weld County Extension. A tireless promoter of the Fair, Janet has developed new relationships with businesses and organizations and generated new sponsorship dollars in an effort to increase community participation and visibility. In cooperation with the board of directors, she has instituted new attractions that have drawn more people to fair (43,000 in 2016) – such as horse-drawn carriage rides, a free community barbecue, Fiddle Fest, and Senior Day. Her efforts have allowed the Weld County Fair to remain free to all while maintaining a fun family atmosphere. Continue reading

11-14-16 CSU Ext SEA: Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season…

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Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season

Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season

Food is an important part of many holiday events.  “With so many home cooks planning to prepare large meals over the holidays, coupled with the fact that one in six people become sick from a foodborne illness each year, this is the best time for reminders about the importance of safe food handling for good health,” said Shelley Feist, Partnership for Food Safety Education executive director.   Consumers play a key part in making sure the food they serve is safe to eat.  Follow these important home food safety practices from Southeast Area Extension to be sure food borne illness is not part of your holiday festivities:  Continue reading

11-01-16 CO FFA Foundation Announces 2017 Farm Credit CO Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

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Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2017 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

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CLICK HERE to le1rn more about the Co FFA’s Ag Hall of Fame

The Colorado FFA Foundation announced today four inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Mr. Charlie Bartlett (posthumous), Merino, Mr. Bill Markham, Berthoud, Dr. Dale McCall, Longmont, and Mr. Bill Webster, of Greeley, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February 2017 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

In addition Mr. Marc Arnusch, from Keenesburg will be recognized as the Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture.

“We are proud to add four more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be deep and very competitive“ said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation.  Cordes also stated “Our Rising Star is a great candidate that is a strong advocate for agriculture.” Continue reading

10-31-16 ADM Gives Back to National FFA Organization

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ADM Gives Back to National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, /National FFA Organization) – Following the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo held earlier this month, Mark D. Schweitzer, vice president of Investor Relations for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has been named the 2017 Chair for the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board.  Continue reading

10-25-16 American Royal Association Announces Plans to Move to Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In a room packed with agricultural industry leaders from across Kansas, the American Royal Association on Tuesday announced plans to move to Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey issued the following statement in response to the agreement:  “The American Royal is a perfect fit for Kansas for many reasons – from a shared rich heritage supporting animal agriculture to a commitment to providing high-quality agricultural education opportunities. But one of the primary reasons this move makes sense is our shared focus on continued growth and improvement. We know the future of agriculture in Kansas doesn’t look like the industry we grew up in; instead, we know that we’re going to have to build new partnerships, take chances on new technologies and new production practices, explore innovative marketing opportunities, and engage with and learn from our consumers and customers. The partnership we’re building with the American Royal is not simply about creating a new livestock show facility, but about developing a committed partnership to drive agriculture forward.” Continue reading

10-21-16 National FFA’s 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Winners

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National FFA’s 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Winners

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Oct. 21, 2016/National FFA Organization) –

Winners of the 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were announced on Friday, Oct. 21 during the sixth general session at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. Awards were given in 47 categories.

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Tune in and “Transform!” Watch the 2016 National FFA Convention, live from Indianapolis Oct 19-22

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Tune in and “Transform!” Watch the 2016 National FFA Convention, live from Indianapolis. IN Oct 19-22!

You can see the general sessions, events in the CFD Finals Hall, and some student workshops. Tune into RFD-TV through your cable or satellite provider, or watch online at the link below.

Don’t miss USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as he addresses National FFA members on Thursday, Oct. 20 @ 8:30 a.m. ET, during the Convention General Session 1C, from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. WATCH ALL THE SESSIONS LIVE ONLINE OR ON RFD-TV

https://www.ffa.org/broadcast

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10-20-16 National FFA Organization Names Stars Over America

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National FFA Organization Names Stars Over America

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016/National FFA Organization) – FFA members from Oklahoma, Minnesota and South Dakota earned the most prestigious honor awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization Thursday at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The American Star awards – including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience – are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning or operating an agricultural business, working or serving in an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.

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10-20-16 National FFA Organization Names Top Chapters

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization named its top chapters today during the 89th National FFA Organization & Expo.

  • Outstanding Middle School: Madison County Middle FFA of Georgia
  • Model of Excellence: Yelm FFA of Washington
  • Student Development: Bullard FFA of Texas
  • Chapter Development: Omak FFA of Washington
  • Community Development: Exeter FFA of California

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10-20-16 USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Addresses 89th National FFA Convention Atttendees…

 

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CLICK THE MP3 audio link below to listen to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack deliver his remarks during the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN on May 20, 2016

10-20-16 Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Chris Wiseman…

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Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CO Proud Month, 144th CO State Fair & More…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) October 20, 2016 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics…

  • 144th CO State Fair RECAP
  • CDA Photo Contest: “Showcase Colorado Agriculture through Pictures” 
  • “Fall Family fun on the Farm”, CDA lists a variety of fall activities online 
  • Nominations sought for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee
  • West Nile Virus Update
  • & MORE
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below….

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10-17-16 Culver’s Community Grieves Death of President and CEO Phil Keiser

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Craig Culver to assume role of interim CEO

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Oct. 17, 2016 – Phil Keiser, Culver’s president and CEO, passed away of natural causes on Oct. 15, 2016. Having worked for Culver’s for 20 years, he was the leader of over 20,000 team members at 580 Culver’s locations in 24 states. The entire Culver’s community is devastated.

Co-founder Craig Culver will assume the role of interim CEO until a successor is named. “Culver’s would not be what it is today without Phil’s influence,” Craig said. “Yet as great a loss as this is for us professionally, it doesn’t begin to touch how much Phil will be missed on a personal level. We hurt most deeply for his wife Betsy, and his children: son Nate, wife Bethany and their children Caprina, Linea and Landon; son Nick, wife Maria and their child Harper; and daughter Kelsey.” Continue reading

10-14-16 FFA Rangeland Judgers Compete in Burlington

Eastern Colorado State FFA Rangeland Judging career Development Exercise (CDE) held in Kit Carson County.  There were 230 FFA students participating in this year’s contest representing 24 schools from all over eastern Colorado.  This picture shows one group of students judging a Limestone Breaks ecological site, one of two ecological sites located near Burlington.  The participating teams were Akron, Arickaree, Branson, Burlington, Crowley County, Flagler, Fowler, Hi-Plains, Hoehne, Holyoke, Karval, Kim, Lamar, Las Animas, Liberty, Lonestar, Merino, New Raymer, Peetz, Pritchett, Rocky Ford, Rye, Sedgwick County, and Stratton.  (Photo by Emmett Jordan)

Eastern Colorado State FFA Rangeland Judging career Development Exercise (CDE) held in Kit Carson County. There were 230 FFA students participating in this year’s contest representing 24 schools from all over eastern Colorado. This picture shows one group of students judging a Limestone Breaks ecological site, one of two ecological sites located near Burlington. The participating teams were Akron, Arickaree, Branson, Burlington, Crowley County, Flagler, Fowler, Hi-Plains, Hoehne, Holyoke, Karval, Kim, Lamar, Las Animas, Liberty, Lonestar, Merino, New Raymer, Peetz, Pritchett, Rocky Ford, Rye, Sedgwick County, and Stratton. (Photo by Emmett Jordan)

FFA Rangeland Judgers Compete in Burlington

By Ben Berlinger, Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair

October 14, 2016 – FFA students and their advisors from high schools across eastern Colorado arrived at the Morgan Community College community building in Burlington October 5th.  The purpose was to compete in a rangeland plant identification exercise and participate in judging the soundness of the rangeland.  This state-level competition attracted an astounding 230 students representing 24 FFA Chapters from as far away as Peetz & Holyoke to the north and Rye & Pritchett to the south.

Team awards and top scoring individuals were recognized at the awards ceremony which was held at the conclusion of the competition.  The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) sponsored the individual honors while nineteen of the Conservation Districts across eastern Colorado and some local business sponsored the team plaques and provided a breakfast snack. Steve Poet, of the Seibert FFA Chapter, provided a delicious “Farm to Table” lunch for the students. The Burlington Conservation District provided the local coordination for the activity.  Jennie McCasland, Conservation District Manager in Burlington, handled the local arrangements for the Conservation District. Colorado Conservation Districts have always united to provide support for natural resources education for our youth in Colorado.

FFA rangeland judging CDE.  Students are judging the second of two ecological sites located near Burlington.  The judging consisted of properly identifying the site, determining the range condition & trend, and then recommending certain management practices that could be implemented.  Here the students are judging a Sandy Plains ecological site. (Photo by Emmett Jordan)

FFA rangeland judging CDE. Students are judging the second of two ecological sites located near Burlington. The judging consisted of properly identifying the site, determining the range condition & trend, and then recommending certain management practices that could be implemented. Here the students are judging a Sandy Plains ecological site. (Photo by Emmett Jordan)

The Colorado Section SRM individual awards were presented to McCrae Rider of the Burlington FFA Chapter for the high score on the combined site judging & plant identification (79% score); and to Cody Wilson of Pritchett FFA for second place honors with his combined score of 73% correct.  Micah Crane of the Pritchett FFA was recognized as the top individual for the plant identification part of the contest.  He scored 96% correct in this exercise requiring the identification of 50 rangeland plants and their characteristics.  McCrae will be presented with a $200 check from the Colorado Section SRM along with his plaque. Continue reading

10-13-16 More than 60,000 Expected in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22 for 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016/National FFA Organization) – The 89th National FFA Convention & Expo will celebrate its first year of a nine-year commitment in Indianapolis beginning Oct. 19. More than 60,000 FFA members and guests from throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are expected at this year’s event, which runs through Oct. 22. Continue reading

10-12-16 SYNGENTA: FFA attracts more young women to ag careers, strengthening the ag industry

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  • Female membership in FFA continues to grow nationwide
  • This organization helps women develop leadership skills
  • National FFA Convention will be held Oct. 19-21 in Indianapolis
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GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, October 11, 2016 When the 2016 National FFA Convention convenes on October 19 in Indianapolis, representatives from Syngenta predict they could see record numbers of female attendees. That’s because female membership in FFA grew from 26 percent during the 1992-93 academic year to 44 percent during the 2015-16 academic year. Plus, females have risen to top leadership roles; this year, young women hold five of the six national FFA offices.

“Organizations like FFA and 4-H help foster leadership skills for all participants,” said Jenny Heaton, head of talent management for Syngenta, North America. “As more leadership opportunities open up for young women, these experiences should provide them with more confidence that the agricultural world is ready to accept them as equal partners.”   Continue reading

10-06-16 National FFA Organization Announces Record Student Membership of Nearly 650,000

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National FFA Organization Announces Record Student Membership of Nearly 650,000

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016/National FFA Organization) –The National FFA Organization is answering the need for more highly skilled graduates to fill job openings in the field of agriculture, and nowhere is this more evident than in the organization’s growing membership.

Today, the organization announced a record-high student membership of 649,355, up from 629,367 in 2015 and an increase of 3 percent. The number of FFA chapters grew from 7,757 to 7,859. The top six student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio and Missouri. Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow, as membership continues to increase. Continue reading

09-30-16 *CSU Ext SEA News* Medicare Help Comes to Southeast Colorado

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Las Animas, CO – September 30, 2016 – Got Medicare? Got Questions? Just in time for Medicare Open Enrollment, Medicare 101 is coming to Southeast Colorado. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program will present three programs in our area October 17 and 18. On Monday October 17, SHIP will present Medicare 101 at the Woodruff Memorial Library, 522 Colorado Avenue in La Junta at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, see the program at the Lamar Senior Center, 407 E Olive Street in Lamar at 9:30 a.m., or at the Las Animas Public Library, 306 Fifth Street at 1:30 p.m. At each location, individual counseling will be available after the one hour overview of Medicare. Continue reading

09-29-16 CSU Ext-Weld County/WCLA hosting “Today’s Poultry Operations” Seminar in Greeley on Nov 5th…

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Weld County Extension and Weld County Livestock Association is presenting a Poultry Seminar– Today’s Poultry Operations on November 5th in Greeley.

Topics include: Avian Flu, Other Diseases and Biosecurity, Avian Surveillance Program, Quality Assurance/Bird Management, Meat Chickens & Turkeys, Water Fowl, Game Birds and Niche Marketing/Veterinary Feed Directives for Poultry.

It will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the 4-H Building, Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley, CO, from 9:00a – 4:00p (Check-in 8:30a-9:00a).

For Seminar Registration – CLICK HERE, or call 970-304-6535 for more information.

Registration is due by Wednesday, November 2, 2016.  

See you there!

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