05-13-15 Inside the RMFU with Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr: Summer Camps, CO FFA Convention and More…


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Jennifer Luitjens Bahr - RMFU Director of Education

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RMFU Summer Camps 2015

CLICK HERE to view the brochure and to get registered

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) May 13, 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 RMFU’s Director of Education Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr, discussing several topics including:

  • RMFU’s Cooperative Leadership Camps – VIEW THE BROCHURE
  • 2015 CO FFA State Convention
  • RMFU Ag Education Programs
  • RMFU’s Ag Literacy Programs
  • & Much More

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

 

05-06-15 National FFA Organization awards more than $2 million in scholarships…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 6, 2015/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization and Foundation recently announced that they have awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to 2,152 recipients. This was made possible thanks to the generosity of 127 sponsors.

More than 7,000 students applied for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple scholarships. They were able to apply for the scholarships online, and approximately one of every three who applied was awarded a scholarship. The scholarships available ranged for either two-year or four-year degrees or vocational programs. The average recipient had a GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and were in the top 15 percent of their class.

This year marks the 31st year for the scholarship program, which began in 1984 with 16 scholarships being offered. Today, more than 2,140 scholarships were available. During this timeframe, more than $41 million dollars has been awarded in scholarships funds through the National FFA Organization.

The selection process takes into account the whole students – FFA involvement, work experience, supervised agricultural experience (SAE), community services, leadership skills and academics.

A list of recipients is available at ffa.org/participate/grants-and-scholarships/scholarship-results. Recipients are located first by their high school state, then alphabetically by student last name.

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04-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland: COOL, 2015 Policy Handbook, HB-1234 & More…


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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) April 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 RMFU’s Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • COOL – Country of Origin Labeling
  • 2015 NFU & RMFU Polisy Handbooks Available NOW
  • HB-1235: Tax incentive for Beginning Farmers/Ranchers
  • Springtime: Think Safety on the Roadways
  • & Much More

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

 

04-16-15 National Bison Assn News: Producers Laud Change on U.S. – Canadian Bison Shipping Rules…

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New ID Requirements Reduce Stress on Animals, Costs for Producers

DENVER, CO (April 16, 2015) – The leaders of the U.S. National Bison Association and the Canadian Bison Association today applauded the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for implementing a new directive that eliminates the requirement that bison imported into the United States from Canada be branded.

The new directive replaces the branding requirement with a new rule that allows producers to identify animals with an approved RFID (Radio Frequency) tag compliant with the U.S. National Animal Identification System, and a secondary ear tag bearing the official identification number.

“This is a very positive development for the bison business. The National Bison Association, Canadian Bison Association and individual producers have worked with our respective federal agencies to request this new procedure. We are very pleased that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture responded to our requests,” said Bruce Anderson, president of the National Bison Association. Continue reading

03-30-15 Grover FFA Chapter to host Annual Hired Hand Auction April 11th…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015The Grover FFA chapter their annual hired hand auction at Pawnee High School in Grover CO on Saturday, April 11th.

All you can eat dinner of Rocky Mountain Oysters, Chicken tenders, potato salad, baked beans, and dessert will be served starting at 5:00 with the auction to follow.

Prices are: Adults 8.00, children 6-12 and Seniors 6.00, children 5 and under eat free.

Auction items include projects built by Ag students:  Roping dummy, horse panels, plasm cam art, etc… as well as donated items from around Weld County.

For more information feel free to contact Advisor, Mrs. Seely Daniels at 970-895-2222.

03-25-15 Inside the RMFU with Jan Kochis: NFU Convention Recap and more…

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Jan Kochis, RMFU Board of Director Chair from Matheson, Colo. And Dist. VI.

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) March 25, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Board Chair Jan Kochis, discussing several topics including:

  • RECAP of the 113th National Farmers Union Anniversary Convention in Wichita, KS March 13-15
  • RMFU’s presence on Capitol Hill this week
  • Upcoming Events/Issues
  • Final thoughts

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a general farm organization that provides educational programs, cooperative business development services, and a legislative voice for family farms, ranches, and local communities. RMFU was formed in 1907 and serves members in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union & find out how YOU can become a member by visiting www.rmfu.org.

03-24-15 Deadline to nominate YOUR school district for Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is April 1st…

GrowRuralEducationGraphicFarmers can nominate their school districts to receive grants of up to $25,000

BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO (March 24th, 2015) – Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education continues to be a priority for U.S. school districts. Investing now is vitally important, as the fastest-growing occupations require STEM proficiency.  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN by telephone is Heather Wolfe, Customer Advocacy Manager with Monsanto’s AMerica’s Grow Rural Education Program…

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Between now and April 1, 2015, farmers can nominate a public school district in their community to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant.

For more information about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program and to view the official rules, a list of eligible states, counties and CRDs, visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

03-23-15 FFA Member Celebrated at Fifth Annual White House Science Fair…

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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, March 23, 2015 /National FFA Organization) – A member of the National FFA Organization is being celebrated today at a White House event for students who excel in science.

Eric Koehlmoos, 18, of Iowa, is a member of the South O’Brien FFA Chapter in Paulina, Iowa. He was invited to the 2015 White House Science Fair that celebrates the accomplishments of student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions throughout the United States.

More than 100 of the nation’s brightest young minds will be welcomed to the fifth White House Science fair. In the past, innovative inventions, discoveries and science projects have been showcased.

Koehlmoos won first place in his category and division, Power, Structural and Technical Systems, at the 2014 National FFA Agriscience Fair, an annual competition sponsored by Cargill, Bayer CropScience, John Deere, PotashCorp and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, during the National FFA Convention & Expo. The fair features the research and results of FFA members who plan on pursuing careers in the science and technology of agriculture. This accomplishment earned him the special White House invite. Continue reading

03-19-15 WELD COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE HIRES STERKEL FOR THE JEAN HOSHIKO MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT POSITION…

Weld County 4H Extension logo 2015_LM_Sterkle 4H_03192015_002WELD COUNTY, CO – The Weld County Board of Commissioners and Weld County Extension Office are pleased to announce the addition of Kim Sterkel to the 4-H Extension team. Sterkel was hired as a part-time extension employee to fill the Weld County 4-H Foundation Jean Hoshiko Memorial Endowment position. She will work to expand the reach of 4-H in Weld County and develop new educational opportunities for Weld County 4-H members.

4-H is a development organization that offers more than 50 projects and community service opportunities in areas including clothing construction and apparel, foods and nutrition, large and small animal care and training, wildlife, leadership, citizenship, wind power, electronics and model rocketry. 4-H teaches decision making, record keeping, good health practices, public speaking and other life skills to all kids ages 5-18.

“4-H is a great program for kids of all ages,” said Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer, herself a former 10-year 4-H member. “It provides many activities that help kids learn and grow as individuals.” Continue reading

03-16-15 Nat FFA News: FFA Student Leaders Share Message of Agriculture on Capitol Hill…

2014-15 National FFA Officer Team mugshotsINDIANAPOLIS (Monday, March 16, 2015/National FFA Organization) – This week, 36 state FFA officers will gather at the nation’s capital to celebrate National Ag Day. This is the 42nd anniversary of National Ag Day, which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country.

Organized by the Agricultural Council of America, events during Ag Day mark a nationwide effort to tell the story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is all around us. Those expected to participate include producers, agricultural associations, corporations and student and government organizations involved in agriculture.

Goals for the day include encouraging Americans to understand how food and fiber products are produced; to appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products; to value the role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy; and to encourage people to consider career opportunities in the industries of agriculture, food and fiber.

“Agriculture plays a key role in all of our everyday lives,” Kent Schescke, director of government and nonprofit relations for the National FFA Organization, said. “FFA is pleased that we can play a role in helping others know the importance of agriculture, especially during the National Ag Day program.” Continue reading

03-05-15 Inside the RMFU w/Ben Rainbolt: NFU Convention Preview, CO/NM/WY Legislative Progress, Industrial Hemp and More…

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Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) March 5, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Executive Director Ben Rainbolt, discussing several topics including:

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

03-03-15 CO FFA Foundation Inducts Four into the Farm Credit CO Ag Hall of Fame and recognizes a Rising Star…

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L to R-Bob Tuttle, Dr. James Pritchett (Rising Star), Dr. Temple Grandin, Don Rutledge, and Jim Odle.  Photo courtesey of Jim Powell Photography, available upon request.

L to R-Bob Tuttle, Dr. James Pritchett (Rising Star), Dr. Temple Grandin, Don Rutledge, and Jim Odle. Photo courtesey of Jim Powell Photography, available upon request.

The Colorado FFA Foundation inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mr. Jim Odle of Brush, Dr. Temple Grandin of Fort Collins, Mr. Don Rutledge of Yuma and Mr. Bob Tuttle of Eckert all were formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 26th during the 26th annual hall of fame banquet.

“The diversity and accomplishments of our honoree’s this year was outstanding,” said Dale McCall, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. “Our applicant pool continues to get deeper and deeper.”

The Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture Award was also presented.  This is the fourth year for recognition of up and coming leaders in agriculture.  Members of the Hall of Fame will vote yearly on the winner of the Rising Star Award.

Dr. James Pritchett, a professor at CSU was the recipient this year.

“The Rising Star Award is an indication of how many great leaders we have in this state and how talented some younger people involved in agriculture are,” said McCall.

The Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet was held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and is a prime opportunity to gauge the direction of the industry and learn about issues facing one of the largest industries in Colorado. Both the forum and the banquet are attended by industry and political leaders as well as family farmers and ranchers who lead and support the agriculture industry and its future.

Over 450 friends, peers and business associates recognized the four inductees and the Rising Star during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel, Denver. The 2015 inductees will join 82 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Agriculture Hall of Fame members’ portraits will be displayed in the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education on CSU’s ARDEC campus after the building is constructed this fall.

Hosted by the Colorado FFA Foundation, the banquet is held yearly to induct members into the Agriculture Hall of Fame who have significantly contributed to Colorado’s second largest industry. A unique, multi-media presentation highlights the life of each new inductee during the ceremony.

2015 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame nominees & Rising Star Biographies: Continue reading

02-27-15 CSU Ext Agent Bruce Bosley to Retire March 19th…Two events being held in his honor March 12th and 30th…

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Greetings,

I am writing this email so that you know that I’ll be retiring (I think I’m graduating from CSU Extension) in mid-March. My last official day at work will be 19 March. I’ll celebrate my new beginnings with new adventures and self-defined work on the Spring Equinox, March 20th. Until then I welcome your questions and comments about Colorado State Extension and/or Cropping Systems & Natural Resource topics.

Two retirement celebrations are planned in both Logan and Morgan Counties (see attached flyers)

My Extension career has been filled with many satisfying accomplishments. The best of these has been to experience the personal growth and accomplishments of those I’ve worked with. Many of my farmer collaborators and customers have enhanced their willingness to follow their curiosity with learning. Some have extended this by designing and implementing their own on-farm experiments and trying new research based production and cropping systems techniques.

For me the most rewarding impact from my contacts has been to see people become leaders among their peers. These individuals share their trial results and experiences with other farm producers. Their leadership has helped themselves and others to enhance the profitability and sustainability of their farm operations. These and those who they’ve touched have become life-long learners. They continue to stretch boundaries and tinker with alternative crop production methods and cropping systems.

I’ve been blessed to have been mentored by and worked with a wonderful collection of far thinking farmers and Exemplary Colorado State research and Extension faculty as well as USDA Agricultural Research scientists. With their generous collaborations and guidance, I’ve received a full complement of Extension and University honors. I look forward to having the time to pursue my other life goals which include: Continue reading

02-24-15 West Greeley Conservation District to offer scholarships due by March 5, 2015…

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West Greeley Conservation District to offer scholarships

WGCD offers four high school scholarships each year to high school students in Weld County pursuing a career in natural resources or agriculture. They include one $2500 and three $1000 scholarships.

WGCD also offers a $5000 scholarship to college students in their third year or grad school at UNC, CSU, or School of Mines pursuing a career in natural resources.

Anyone interested in these scholarships please contact Pam Wright @ 970-356-8097, pam.wright@wgcd.org  and the application can be found on www.wgcd.org.

The applications are due to WGCD office March 5, 2015.

To learn more please visit: www.wgcd.org.

02-23-15 Celebrate National FFA Week Now Through Feb. 28th – Here’s How…

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Celebrate National FFA Week Now Through Feb. 28

Join more than 7,600 FFA chapters, 610,000 members and millions of former members and supporters ready to shine in the name of FFA and agricultural education!

>> Watch: A message from the 2014-15 National FFA Officer Team

 

Here’s how you can celebrate with us: Continue reading

“GO ALL OUT” during National FFA Week Feb 21-28…

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WATCH THE 2015 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame and the BARN’s LIVE Webcast on Thursday, February 26th @ 6pm,

brought to you by the CO FFA Foundation & courtesy of BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network…

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CLICK HERE to watch online Feb 26, 2015 @ 6pm…

Students use National FFA Week to share importance of agriculture, value of agricultural education, history of organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015/National FFA Organization) – More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in need this week.

It’s National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about the National FFA Organization and the role it plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

The week-long tradition started in 1948. Each year, National FFA Week runs Saturday to Saturday, encompassing President George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday in recognition of Washington’s legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

FFA was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928. Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. Since the founding members the organization has taught generations that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting — it involves science, business and much more.

Today, FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. Members prepare for careers as biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs.

National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Co., National FFA Week activities can be followed on Twitter at #FFAweek.

According to responses on Facebook and Twitter, local FFA chapters plan to host parties in appreciation of their agriculture teachers and FFA advisors. Members will host local farmers’ markets, visit elementary and middle schools to talk about FFA and agricultural education, complete community-service projects, participate in spirit days at their schools to promote agricultural education and much more. A round-up of some planned National FFA Week activities include: Continue reading

02-20-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* A Roadmap to Soil Health by Wilma Trujillo…

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A Roadmap to Soil Health

By Wilma Trujillo

Soil heath and quality is a lot like the weather. People talk about it, few understand it, and still fewer do anything about it. At least that has been the case in recent years.

For too long the concept of soil as part of the environment that needs protection has been neglected or misunderstood by the public and policymakers. In the 1970s, we recognized the need to clean up the air we breathe. In the 1980s, we recognized the need to clean up the water we drink. In the 1990s and 2000’s, we acknowledged problems in the soil and started studying specifically soil quality (soil functions)

As stated in the June 1995 issue of Agronomy News, the simplest definition for soil quality is “the capacity (of soil) to function”. An expanded version of this definition presents soil quality as “the capacity of a specific kind of soil to function, within natural or managed ecosystem boundaries, to sustain plant and animal productivity, maintain or enhance water and air quality, and support human health and habitation.”  In 2013, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) redefined soil health as the capacity of a soil to maintain its function and flow of ecosys­tem services given a specific set of physical, chemical, and environmental boundaries.

With respect to agriculture, the terms soil quality and soil health are used interchangeably to mean “the soil’s fitness to support crop growth without becoming degraded or otherwise harming the environment.

To understand soil health and how cultivation impacts it, we need to define soil. Soil is a heterogeneous natural body.  It basically consists of solid particles (mineral particles), organic matter, water and air.  Organic matter is one of the smallest components of the soil system, but plays an essential role in maintaining soil health/functions. Soil organic matter is derived from living organisms, such as plants and animals, and their by-products in the soil environment. When organic matter decomposes, it is transformed into different pools as sources of plant nutrients at various degrees of availability and eventually forms humus, the central building block of healthy soil. Therefore, the maintenance of soil organic matter is critical to the health and productivity of the soil; providing a stable soil physical structure for water storage, nutrient exchange with plant roots, aeration and a healthy microbial community will enhance soil health for healthy plant growth.

Four broad principles are used to sustainably maintain or improve soil health: Continue reading

11-14-14 Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2015 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees…

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The Colorado FFA Foundation announced today four inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.  Dr. Temple Grandin of Fort Collins, James “Jim” Odle of Brush, Don Rutledge of Yuma, and Robert Tuttle of Eckert will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“The depth of our applicant pool made selection this year challenging.  We have so many people doing so many great things in agriculture in Colorado.  We are proud to add four more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame“ said Dale McCall, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation.

The Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet is held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and is a prime opportunity to gauge the direction of the industry and learn about issues facing one of the largest industries in Colorado. Both the forum and the banquet are attended by industry and political leaders as well as family farmers and ranchers who lead and support the agriculture industry and its future.

Friends, peers and business associates will recognize the four inductees during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel, Denver.  The honorees will join 81 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Agriculture Hall of Fame members’ portraits will be displayed at the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education at Colorado State University upon it’s completion.

Hosted by the Colorado FFA Foundation, the banquet is held yearly to induct members into the Agriculture Hall of Fame who have significantly contributed to Colorado’s second largest industry. A unique, multi-media presentation will highlight the life of each new inductee during the ceremony.

2015 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame nominees: Continue reading