07-28-15 The 2015 Plain Pedaler Correspondent Contest…

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Pedal The Plains is looking for three or four enthusiastic riders who share the Tour’s excitement for bike culture in Colorado’s Eastern Plains to join forces and become “Plain Pedalers”. Plain Pedalers will help capture the spirit of Pedal The Plains and tell the story of this fall’s ride and the culture of cycling.

What does it mean to be a Plain Pedaler?

Plain Pedalers will get one free entry into Pedal The Plains 2015. They will have the opportunity to tell their story by sharing photos of training, riding and exploring the state during the event, as well as during the weeks leading up to the ride. All of their content will be featured on the Pedal The Plains website and shared by Pedal The Plains social media. They’ll also help spread the word about PTP and encourage folks to register throughout the summer.

Who is the ideal Plain Pedaler?

The ideal Plain Pedaler is someone with an interesting perspective and a knack for storytelling or photo taking. They are willing to write a blog post every couple of weeks in the months leading up to the ride, and to post stories or photos every day during the event itself. They are savvy on social media, and willing to participate in conversations and sharing their work online. They are outgoing and interested in being an ambassador for Pedal The Plains.

New for the 2015 Plain Pedaler Program

This year Plain Pedalers will help spread the word of Pedal The Plains by taking on the roll of being ambassadors for the Tour. This roll includes attending local events, talking about Pedal The Plains and passing out informational materials. These events do not need to be cycling related. They can be anything from neighborhood farmers market to the weekly run clubs. Along with providing Plain Pedalers a list of event examples, PTP organizers will also send informational materials with a personalized registration code for participants to use when signing up for the Tour. After registration has closed, the Plain Pedaler who has encouraged the most cyclists to sign up for the Tour will receive a free entry into the 2016 Pedal The Plains.

Entries are due July 31st!

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07-27-15 CSF News: Colorado State Fair Contests Honor Man’s Best Friend…

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair’s General Entry Department provides an opportunity for all Coloradans to participate in the Fair through 1,500 different contests. This year, two new contests feature man’s best friend in the “Hot Diggity! Dog Days”competitions.
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07-27-15 National FFA Organization Names 2015 American Star Finalists…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, July 27, 2015/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students from throughout the United States as finalists for its 2015 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Recognized are FFA members who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs; earned an American FFA Degree, the highest level of achievement the organization bestows upon a member; and met agricultural education, leadership and scholarship requirements.

The American FFA Degree recognition program is sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Service, Case IH, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The finalists include: Continue reading

07-27-15 Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks” Day to Support Agriculture and the FFA on Aug 11th…

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PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – July 27, 2015Anyone with a sweet tooth can stop by any Culver’s restaurant on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, also known as Scoops of Thanks Day. In exchange for a $1 donation, they’ll enjoy a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard while supplies last.

Proceeds raised from this Culver’s chain-wide event will benefit local or state FFA chapters or other agricultural organizations selected by each restaurant.

“Our guests share our tremendous gratitude for the abundant food American farm families provide,” says Phil Keiser, president & CEO of Culver’s. “We’re excited to set aside a day when the entire Culver’s community can make a contribution that supports the next generation of farmers.”

Scoops of Thanks Day is part of the Culver’s Thank You Farmers program, an initiative that recognizes all farmers for their hard work and dedication in growing and producing the wholesome food that feeds our nation. To date, the program has raised over a half-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 Thank You Farmers program and how to get involved, visit http://www.culvers.com/farmers/from-gratitude-to-support/.

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07-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap: Clean Water Act, Clean Power Plan, Trade, Renewable Energy, SAFE, COOL and more…

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Bill Midcap…


Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) July 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

07-23-15 CSF News: Beef Showdown Brings Families Together…

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The second annual “Beef Showdown” at the Colorado State Fair creates family-friendly competition as father/daughter or mother/son teams vie for blue ribbon glory.  Each team will receive a mystery basket made up of six locally grown products. It will be their challenge to use all of the products to create a wonderful culinary masterpiece consisting of an entrée, side dish, and a dessert.
The Showdown, sponsored by the Colorado CattleWomen, is free to enter with a total of $750 in cash prizes. Two teams will compete at the same time and must finish in the time allowed for reviewing their basket and creating their plan, cooking, plating, and naming their recipes.
The contest consists of two heats on August 30, 2015; registration is now open with an entry deadline of August 7, 2015.
The Colorado CattleWomen will choose four sets of father/daughter or mother/son teams from the entries submitted.
For contest details, official rules, and a list of other special contests, contact the Colorado State Fair general entry office at 719-404-2080 or visithttp://www.coloradostatefair.com/p/events/competitive-events/231. Continue reading

07-22-15 FFA + CSX Team Up To Hit the Track at the Brickyard 400…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015CSX logoINDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, July 22, 2015/National FFA Organization) – Before a single engine starts on July 26, the Brickyard 400 will make history once again this year as the No. 38 FFA + CSX Living to Serve Ford becomes the first car to represent the 87-year-old, Indianapolis-based agricultural education and youth service organization, the largest of its kind with more than 610,240 student members interested in agriculture, as a primary sponsor in a NASCAR race.

“I can’t think of a better place to celebrate the future of American agriculture and community service than the Brickyard 400,” says David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 FFA + CSX Living to Serve Ford.  “FFA members bring so much energy, commitment and service to our country. It is quite an honor to drive for them.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar will feature a blue, gold and white paint scheme with an FFA emblem on the hood.

CSX, the nation’s third largest railroad, is one of six Platinum Sponsors for the National FFA Foundation, giving more than $1M annually since 2011. Both of the organizations make citizenship and community service top priorities with their shared “Living to Serve” partnership, which is supported by the CSX “Beyond Our Rails” program. In 2014, more than $1.77M in time was invested as part of Living to Serve and nearly 50,000 community members were served by 84 chapters in 34 states.

“Joining together at the Brickyard 400 is a great way to celebrate our partnership with CSX and continue our focus on “living
to serve” in the community – especially by sharing the important message of safety first,” said Molly Ball, President, National FFA Foundation.

The two organizations work together on a number of initiatives to improve leadership, development, service-learning and environmental stewardship, including the following: Continue reading

07-21-15 CSU Ext – SEA: Independence Adventure Campers…

CSU Ext SE COIMG_5008By Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—Colorado State University Prowers County Extension partnered with the Prowers County 4-H Council, Prowers County Land Use and Environmental Health, Prowers Soil Conservation District, Holly National Resources Conservation Service, Colorado State University Extension Agents and community volunteers to host the first ever Independence Adventure Camp June 29 through July 1 at the Sand and Sage Fairgrounds. Campers came from Lamar and Wiley and counselors were from Granada, Wiley, and Lamar.

In February, CSU Extension agents, Amy Kelley and Lacey Mann, attended and presented at the National Camping and Environmental Institute Conference (NCEEI) outside Atlanta, Ga. NCEEI was a biannual conference for Extension educators to learn about camp, environmental education curriculum, evaluation techniques, and how to organize day and overnight camps. Kelley and Mann returned from the conference inspired to develop day camp activities for the Southeast Area.   The Independence Adventure Camp was the first day camp following NCEEI.

Independence Adventure delivered science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), environmental education, nutrition, baking, sewing, Santa Fe Trail history, Code of the West, Ag Innovators, swimming, robotics, rocket building, and Pinterest crafting. Workshops were led by the Prowers County 4-H Council officers, Kylee Holden, Miranda Morgan, Makendra Torres, Angelina Downing, Ashlyn Crossland, Callie Bennett, Dominque Cardinelli, Sam Steward, Roni and Neal Vallejos, Berta Downing, Mallory Sikes, Kaye Kasza, Amber Freouf, Glenn Kirmer, and Rick Sanchez. Continue reading

07-21-15 Sand and Sage Round-Up Show Times…


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Southeast Area—The Prowers County Livestock Committee, Horse Committee and Sand and Sage Round-Up Fair Board have worked diligently to set a full schedule of activities for the 2015 fair. The horse show will kick off the fair Saturday, July 25 at the Sand & Sage Pavilion. Entry begins at 8:00 a.m. and the show starts at 9:00 a.m.

There have been a few minor changes to the junior market livestock shows that the community should mark on their calendars so you do not miss the exciting action. The junior market swine show will be Wednesday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 6 will have a full day with market beef beginning at 9:30 a.m., market sheep at 11:00 a.m. and market goat at 4:00 p.m. The Champion Showman Round Robin will be Friday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m.

4-H projects will be on display in the Home Economics building Tuesday, August 4, swing by to see all of the talented cooks, cake decorators, fashion designers, photographers, woodworkers, rocket builders, leather crafters and more. Members have worked over the past year to fine tune their skills, improve their craftsmanship, and enhance existing leadership and community service. Continue reading


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Denver, CO – July 20, 2015— The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour is calling all artists to be a part of the 4th annual poster art challenge! We’re looking for one artistic poster to represent the 2015 Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour. The winning poster will be sold at the event.

The poster contest winner will receive a bike donated from Project ReCycle, a framed poster courtesy of Frame de Art and recognition of their poster across all Pedal The Plains social media networks and website. A portion of the proceeds for every poster sold will be donated to the winner’s charity of choice.

Contestants can submit their artwork now through July 27th. All entries will continue on to the voting process through social media. The Facebook voting procedure will take place from July 29th – August 12th. Friends and family can vote for posters by “liking” the creative on our Facebook page. The final poster will be chosen based on the number of likes received and a panel of judges. The winner will be contacted between August 13th – 14th and announced on our social media networks on the 18th. Artists may submit up to three poster entries.

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07-16-15 Inside the CDA w/Deputy Agriculture Commissioner & CSF General Manager Chris Wiseman…

CDA Deputy Ag COmmissioner Chris WisemanCDA NEW main logo 051414(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) July 16th, 2015 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics this month. Wiseman is the acting Colorado State Fair General Manager as well.

This month’s interview topics include:

  • CO State Fair Audit Recommendations
  • New CDA Price Reports
  • Animal Health Update (VS & West Nile Virus)
  • & MORE

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below….



  • 2014 Colorado State Fair average daily attendance 45,338
  • 2015 National Western Stock Show average daily attendance 42,658
  • 2013 Colorado State Fair average daily attendance 43,360
  • 2014 National Western Stock Show daily attendance 40,001
  • The highest average daily attendance for the National Western was in 2006 at 45,435.
  • The highest average daily attendance for CSF was in 2009 at 47,023.
  • The National Western has a 16 day schedule while the CSF is at 11 days.

$2,259,223.29 in CSF Premiums & Sale Monies Paid from 2004 – 2010

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07-15-15 National FFA Organization Announces National Convention and Expo Coming to Indianapolis 2016-2024…

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National FFA Center Announcement 071515INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, July 15, 2015/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization announced today that it will be moving its National FFA Convention & Expo to Indianapolis for 2016-2024.

“We are excited to be bringing the National FFA Convention & Expo back to Indianapolis,” Dr. Steve Brown, the national FFA advisor, said. “The city has extended its very best brand of Hoosier Hospitality to our members in the past, and we look forward to spending the next few years in this city.”

The annual national convention and expo, which will take place in Louisville, Ky., in 2015, hosts more than 64,000 attendees from across the country. The event is estimated to have an economic impact of $36.2 million for Indianapolis during 2016.

The national convention and expo will utilize downtown venues, including Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and eight event hotels.

“The National FFA Convention & Expo, much like the National FFA headquarters, is right at home here in Indiana,” said Gov. Mike Pence. “Indiana is ready and committed to support this event and welcome with open arms the 64,000 FFA members who will come to our capital city each of the next nine years. Today’s news confirms that Indiana’s reputation is strong and growing stronger, and I appreciate FFA’s commitment to build on our already-robust agricultural heritage in the coming years.” Continue reading

Make plans to attend the 2015 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show July 10-11

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Briggsdale Classic Show Schedule

Friday, July 10th

Market Hog
  • 3:30 — 5:30 Check-in
  • 6 pm — Pee-wee, showmanship and market classes
Market Beef
  • 3-5PM — Pasture Beef Check-in
  • 4-5pm — Bucket Calf Check-in
  • 5pm — Bucket Calf Contest
  • 5:30 — Market, Breeding Beef Showmanship Jackpot Classes
  • Overall Championship

Saturday, July 11th

Market Lamb
  • 7-9am — Sponsors Breakfast
  • 7-9am — Market Lamb Weigh-in
  • 9:30am — Market Lamb Showmanship
  • 11am Market Lamb Jackpot Classes
  • Overall Market Lamb
Weld County Meat Goat Breeders Show
  • 7-8:30am — Weigh-in
  • 9am—Show
Market Goat
  • 10am-12pm — Market Goat Weigh-in
  • 1pm— Market Goat Showmanship
  • 3m Market Goat Jackpot Classes
  • Overall Market Goat
  • 3pm — Close FFA Dinner

07-09-15 National FFA Organization Names 50 Individuals as 2015 New Century Farmers…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, July 9, 2015/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization has selected 50 outstanding young people to participate in the 2015 New Century Farmer program. This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture.

Participants representing 50 states will take part in an intensive seminar July 12-18 in Johnstown, Iowa. They will learn from each other and industry experts during a series of workshops and sessions. Topics will include the global marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. New Century Farmers will hear from motivating and informative keynote speakers who will educate them on the risk and rewards involved with production agriculture. In addition to classroom learning, students will experience the latest developments in agricultural technology.

The New Century Farmer program is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer; Case IH; CSX Corporation; and Farm Credit with media partner Successful Farming as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The program is designed to provide participants with valuable skills and knowledge applicable to their own farming operations. In addition, they will build a network of colleagues that will benefit them throughout their careers.

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07-01-15 The Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship Now Accepting Applications…

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Westminster, CO (July 1, 2015) –The National Bison Association (NBA) has announced the 2015 Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship amid continued growth in consumer demand for healthy, natural bison meat.

The Throlson American Bison Foundation is named after its founder, Dr. Ken Throlson, DVM, a pioneer of the modern bison business and awards three outstanding college students with an interest in the burgeoning bison industry.

“The Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship program has been established to recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future bison industry professionals,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the NBA. Continue reading

07-01-15 Nat FFA News: Presidential Scholars Program Expands to Include Career and Technical Education…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015Presidential Scholars Program Expands to Include Career and Technical Education; FFA Members and Advisors Recognized

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, July 1, 2015/National FFA Organization) – As part of an executive order by President Barack Obama, career and technical education students will now be able to be designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, the Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,000 of America’s top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. Each year, the program recognizes two high school seniors from each state and 15 scholars at-large on the basis of excellence in scholarship. An additional 20 scholars are selected for exceptional talent in the arts.

The Presidential Scholars program is overseen by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and administered by staff at the U.S. Department of Education. This commission, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

“We are extremely honored by this decision,” National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown said. “This action elevates the value and importance of career and technical education where agricultural education plays a key role.” Continue reading

06-30-15 Steer-Aid Clinic teaches youth beef participants…

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RJ Kerchal, foreground, works side-by-side with his dad Rod Kerchal to trim the hooves on Holly Morgan’s steer. Morgan, of Hasty was the first in line on Saturday, June 20, drawing many onlookers. Rod Kerchal’s hoof trimming has become an annual part of WW Feed & Supply’s Steer-Aid program.

LA JUNTA –RJ Kerchal and Otto Lehmberg were the featured instructors on Saturday, June 20 for Steer-Aid, a free youth beef clinic here.

Southeast Colorado youth and their parents all got an education about feeding and nutrition, clipping and show day grooming for their 4-H and FFA projects.

“Don’t get caught up in the latest foo-foo dust” or trendy supplement, “but instead feed a basic, well balanced diet,” said Lehmberg, a Purina Animal Nutrition livestock specialist from Amarillo. “A good feed program, fresh water and grass hay will help you reach your goal.”

Lehmberg encouraged the use of scales. The first should weigh grain rations for twice-a-day feeding so that the 4-H’er will be consistent, exact and be able to increase rations gradually, as needed. The second was access to a big scale, “so you know your steer’s weight weekly. Don’t wait too late, and then try to push.”

Kerchal, of New Generation Cattle at Calhan, clips and grooms cattle for the show ring on a national level. With the help of Dalton Chambers, the two men transformed Chad Russell’s steer into a show-ready animal during the Saturday morning program sponsored by WW Feed & Supply. Continue reading

06-24-15 Inside the RMFU with Harrison Topp: Farmers Markets, Cooperatives and More…

To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Harrison Topp, click the mp3 audio link below… 


Harrison Topp - RMFU 2(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) June 24, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Membership Field Representative Harrison Topp, discussing several topics including…

  • Farm-to-Market & Farmers Markets across the state
  • The importance of cooperatives
  • & More…

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

06-24-15 National FFA’s WLC Teaches Importance of Growth, Leadership, Community Service…

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Each year, FFA members from all over the United States travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). Photo courtesy of National FFA

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, June 24, 2015/National FFA Organization) – Thousands of FFA members from throughout the country are converging on Washington, D.C., this summer to analyze their personal skills and interests, develop leadership skills and create a meaningful community-service plan that will make a difference in their home communities.

More than 2,100 students are registered for the 2015 Washington Leadership Conference, the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year. Created in 1969 and held annually in Washington, D.C., this year’s conference began June 2 at the Omni Shoreham.

Through July 26, FFA members will spend a week under the guidance of educational professionals, counselors and professional FFA staff. In workshops, seminars and small groups, students will focus on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals and undergo comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters.

Students will also analyze the needs of their communities back home, develop a wide-ranging and high-impact community-service initiative and implement their plan with the help of their FFA chapter upon return home. Students in recent years have organized food and clothing drives, volunteer campaigns, educational outreach initiatives and more.

“Students who attend the Washington Leadership Conference learn their purpose, how to value people, how take action and the importance of serving others,” National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong said. “They leave with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, communities and their country.”

During their time in Washington, FFA members will experience the history of the nation’s capital, touring landmarks including the Washington Monument, War Memorial, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol, among others. Many students also arrange meetings with members of Congress. Continue reading