06-20-18 National FFA Organization and American Seed Trade Association Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding

National FFA Organization and American Seed Trade Association Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding

Alexandria, VA –June 20, 2018 The National FFA Organization and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding.

The memorandum will align ASTA’s strategic goals and resources with the three-component model of agricultural education, providing teacher curriculum and resources; supervised agricultural experience support and mentors; and leadership and career development.

“This Memorandum of Understanding helps stress the importance of the three-component model – agricultural education, FFA and supervised agricultural experience,” said Mark Poeschl, chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization.  “As we move forward in the 21st Century, we know it’s important to provide tools to our members to ensure they become tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture. This memorandum will help us sustain that growth in leadership.”

The memorandum was signed on June 11 during ASTA’s Policy and Leadership Development conference held in Washington, D.C. State FFA Officers from Maryland and Virginia also participated in the conference and shared a presentation regarding the three-component model.

Jerry Flint, with Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, a member of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board and the incoming 2018-19 ASTA Chair helped drive the memorandum.

“We’re extremely proud to embark on this new partnership with FFA,” said Flint. “This Memorandum of Understanding is an important step in strengthening learning and collaboration opportunities between our two great organizations, as we work to prepare the next generation of leaders in the seed industry, and agriculture at large.” Continue reading

06-20-18 CDA: 1,500 Ways to Participate in Colorado State Fair General Entry Competitions

1,500 Ways to Participate in Colorado State Fair General Entry Competitions

PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair’s General Entry Department provides an opportunity for all Coloradans to participate in the Fair. Whether its needle arts, pet rocks, funniest pet photo, craft beer, floriculture, small farm and garden, pantry, or a number of cooking competitions, there’s room for anyone who wants to compete for blue ribbon glory.
Registration fees range from $0 to $5. In all, there are over 1,500 classes in 12 departments. A full list ofgeneral entry competitions and special contests can be found at www.coloradostatefair.com. Submissions for these competitions can be made online or through the Fair’s General Entry office, Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm, or call 719-404-2080.
The Colorado State Fair runs August 24 – September 3, 2018.  For more information, visitwww.coloradostatefair.com.

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90th Colorado FFA State Convention Archives Available Now on Livestream!



Chair:  Tiana Smith & Carina Ramos

Opening Ceremony

Welcome to the Conference


Posting of Colors

Welcome –-City of Pueblo

Retiring Remarks– Patrick Shields, Secretary

Introduction of State Officer Candidates

Convention Kickoff Speaker – Melvin Adams

Creed Speaking Results

Retiring Remarks –Dylan Solano, Executive Committee

Closing Ceremony



Co-Chairs:  Cassie Franks & Dylan Solano

Opening Ceremony


Retiring Remarks – Hadden Wilkins, Executive Committee

Greetings/Scholarship Presentation – CYFEA

Retiring Remarks – Bassil Ahmed, Executive Committee

Recognition of State CDE Teams

Closing Ceremony



Co-Chairs: Dillon Roesch & Bassil Ahmed

Opening Ceremony

Greetings – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

Retiring Remarks – Carina Ramos, Executive Committee

Foundation, Meining-Davis, CVATA & National FFA Scholarships

Heifer Wrangle Awards

Colorado FFA Year in Review

Retiring Remarks – Rayce Coen, Reporter

Closing Ceremony



Chair:  Brianna McBride & Patrick Shields

Opening Ceremony

Greetings-Colorado Farm Service Agency

Agriscience Fair Awards

Presentation of the Creed

Retiring Remarks – Cassie Franks, Vice- President

New Chapter Recognition

Most Improved Chapter

Honorary State FFA Degree

John Knaub Outstanding Teacher Award

Keynote Speaker – Breanna Holbert, National FFA President

Parliamentary Procedure Team Awards

Conferring State FFA Degree

Closing Ceremony


THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 8:30 – 10:00 A.M.

Co- Chairs: Rayce Coen & Hadden Wilkins

Opening Ceremony

Greetings Colorado FFA Alumni

Retiring Remarks- Brianna McBride, Treasurer

Extemporaneous Speaking Results

Prepared Public Speaking Results

Dutch Carwin Memorial Leadership Award

Retiring Remarks – Dillon Roesch, Sentinel

Recognition of State Proficiency Award Winners

Closing Ceremony


THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 1:30 – 4:00 P.M.

Co-Chairs:  2017-18 Officer Team

Opening Ceremony

Greetings-Don Brown, Commissioner of Agriculture

State Star in AgriBusiness Recognition

Sponsor Recognition –Colorado FFA Foundation

National Chapter Award Program

State Star in Agricultural Placement Recognition

Quiz Bowl Awards

State Star in AgriScience Recognition

Retiring Remarks –Tiana Smith, President

State Star Farmer Recognition

Recognition of Decade Past State Officers

Nominating Committee Report

New Officer Introductions

Convention in Review

Recognition of Retiring Teachers

Installation of New Officers

State Officer Retirement

Closing Ceremony

Watch ALL the sessions and the Rising Sun Show Interviews online @ https://livestream.com/BarnMedia/2018CoFFAConvention


05-29-18 Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn: 90th CO FFA Convention at CSU-Pueblo, June 5-6-7 and More…

Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn: 90th CO FFA Convention at CSU-Pueblo, June 5-6-7 and More…

(The BARN & FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) May 29, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Don Thorn, Executive Director of the Colorado FFA Foundation,  as he begins his 10th year in that role, looks back at this past year and looks ahead at the upcoming 90th CO FFA State Convention June 5-6-7 at CSU-Pueblo and more…


Learn more about the Colorado FFA Foundation – CLICK HERE

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CLICK HERE to watch the sessions and the interview s from the 90th CO FFA Convention in Pueblo, CO June 5-6-7

05-25-18 FFA ALUMNI NEWS: Introducing Give Back To Your Roots Grants, Sponsored by Radiate & CPS…

Introducing Give Back To Your Roots Grants, Sponsored by Radiate & CPS

Crop Production Services, a Nutrien Company, is proud to support FFA Alumni and Supporters through a $100,000 gift. Now, when growers use Radiate on their farms, they’re not only helping their crops’ roots, they’re also helping CPS give back to FFA.  Continue reading

05-24-18 Eight FFA Members Named to the 54th Class of U.S. Presidential Scholars

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Eight FFA Members Named to the 54th Class of U.S. Presidential Scholars

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 24, 2018/National FFA Organization) – Eight FFA members were recently named U.S. Presidential Scholars—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students—for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education. Each year, up to 161 students receive this honor. Overall, eight FFA members were named as 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

The FFA members named as scholars are:

  • Michael Z. Chen of Newark, Del., member of Newark High School FFA Chapter
  • Connor K. Erbsen of Lanark, Ill., member of Eastland FFA Chapter
  • Lane Hilgenhold of Tell City, Ind., member of Perry Central FFA Chapter
  • Caleb L. Lines of Nashua, Iowa, member of the Nashua-Plainfield FFA Chapter
  • Caitlin Henne of Eaton Rapids, Mich., member of the Springport FFA Chapter
  • Tyler Noyes of Toston, Mont., member of the Broadway FFA Chapter
  • Brianna D. Maddock of Davenport, N.D., member of the  Kindred FFA Chapter
  • Bridger J. Gordon of Whitewood, S.D., member of the Sturgis FFA Chapter

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05-17-18 National FFA Organization Awards More Than $2.5 Million in Scholarships

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National FFA Organization Awards More Than $2.5 Million in Scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 17, 2018/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation have awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships to 1,842 recipients, thanks to the generosity of 114 sponsors. Continue reading

05-15-18 Colorado FFA Members Receive over $50,000 in College Scholarships

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Colorado FFA Members Receive over $50,000 in College Scholarships

GREELEY—The Colorado FFA Foundation is proud to announce 16 worthy recipients will receive scholarships from the Foundation and it’s supporting partners.  Additionally, 29 Colorado FFA members were awarded scholarships from the National FFA Organization. Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the the Colorado FFA Foundation and the National FFA Foundation and are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals, and higher education plans. The selection process takes into account the whole student – FFA involvement, work experience, supervised agricultural experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills and academics. Below is a list of the Colorado FFA Foundation sponsored Scholarships with their descriptions.  Continue reading

05-10-18 Over $111,000 Raised for Local Agricultural Education Programs on Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks Day”

Over $111,000 Raised for Local Agricultural Education Programs on Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks Day”

Culver’s Guest Donations Make a Difference  

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—May 9, 2018— Every scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard mattered during Culver’s Scoops of Thanks Day fundraiser on May 3. Guests showed their support for agricultural education by stopping at Culver’s more than 650 restaurants and donating $1 in exchange for a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard. The fundraiser is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project and raised over $111,000.

“These young agricultural leaders are our future, and we are so thankful that our guests understand how important it is to support them and their education,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager for Culver’s. “A $1 donation may seem small, but when all that generosity adds up, we are able to make a positive difference for so many people across the country.”

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05-03-18 Make plans to Attend the 2018 Grover FFA Livestock Show on May 26th

The 2018 Grover FFA Livestock Show will be held on May 26th 2018 at the fairgrounds in Grover, CO.

FFA & 4-H members are invited to join!

Swine & Beef Cattle weigh-ins will be from 6:00-7:00

Weigh-ins of all species will be completed by 9:00

Swine & Beef Cattle Shows will start at 8:00 followed by Sheep, Dairy, Horse & Goat Shows.

One entry per animal please

We will also be having a peewee show for exhibitors under age 8.


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04-25-18 National FFA Presents Bill to Amend Federal Charter on House Floor

National FFA Presents Bill to Amend Federal Charter on House Floor

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, April 25, 2018/National FFA Organization) – A new bill amending the charter of the National FFA Organization was introduced in the House yesterday by Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-Penn.), and Representative Jim Langevin (D-R.I.). Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Donnelly (D-Ind.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) introduced legislation in the Senate in February.   Continue reading

04-13-18 Get $1 Scoops of Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard on Scoops of Thanks Day, May 3rd

Get $1 Scoops of Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard on Scoops of Thanks Day, May 3

Fundraiser Supports Local Agricultural Education Programs

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – April 12, 2018 – Every scoop counts at Culver’s on Scoops of Thanks Day happening Thursday, May 3! Guests can get $1 single scoops of Fresh Frozen Custard, and all proceeds will go to FFA and other local agricultural organizations that strengthen American agriculture and the industry’s future leaders. Continue reading

02-27-18 CO FFA Foundation Inducts Four into Farm Credit CO Agriculture Hall of Fame and a Rising Star

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Hall of Fame Honorees with Rising Star in Agriculture, Becky Ravenkamp, Hugo on far left

Colorado FFA Foundation inducts four members into the 29th Annual Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame and recognizes one Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture

The Colorado FFA Foundation recently inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.  Mrs. Mary Lou Chapman, Arvada, Mr. Tom Kourlis, Craig, Dr. Lee Sommers, Fort Collins and Mr. Harry Talbott, Palisade were all formally inducted, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 during the 29th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. The 2018 inductees will join 94 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Hall of Fame members’ portraits are displayed in the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education on CSU’s ARDEC campus.

The Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture Award was also presented.  This is the seventh year for recognition of up and coming leaders in agriculture. Members of the Hall of Fame vote yearly on the winner of the Rising Star Award. Mrs. Becky Ravenkamp of Hugo was the recipient this year. Continue reading

02-22-18 CYFEA Announces College Scholarships


Apply by March 15, 2018

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce the availability of four one year academic scholarships for college bound students in the Fall of 2018.  The purpose of these scholarships is to recognize outstanding students who will be a freshman or sophomore majoring in agriculture, or a junior and senior majoring in Agricultural Education who are working toward teacher certification during the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Continue reading

02-20-18 Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

FFA Essay Contest ends April 6th, 2018, at 5 pm CST / 4pm MST

Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

Jessie Kreke Culver’s Senior Marketing Manager

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 20, 2018 – This week is National FFA Week and Culver’s Restaurants are celebrating it in a big way!
Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jessie Kreke, one of Culver’s senior marketing managers, Jessie WELCOME inside the BARN…tell me more about the launching of its 4th Annual FFA Essay Contest, part of the Thank You Farmers Project…


More about Jessie Kreke
Kreke is a senior marketing manager for Culver’s Franchising System, the franchisor for over 640 Culver’s Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers restaurants. Her areas of expertise range from website best practices to digital promotions, social media and local restaurant marketing. She also leads the Thank You Farmers cause marketing initiative and works with the National FFA Foundation as well as local ag organizations and Culver’s restaurants on fundraising for ag education. Kreke holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University. She grew up on a hobby farm outside Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, with horses, dogs, goats and cattle.


02-19-18 Culver’s to Award $15,000 in Educational Funds to FFA Chapters

Culver’s to Award $15,000 in Educational Funds to FFA Chapters

Restaurant Chain Launches Fourth Annual FFA Essay Contest 

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 19, 2018 – Culver’s is celebrating National FFA Week in a big way. Through its Thank You Farmers® Project, the restaurant will launch its fourth annual FFA Essay Contest on Feb. 19. The three winning essay writers will win $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, for their FFA chapters.

The FFA chapters are encouraged to use their prize money to support educational opportunities for their members, like attending the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 24–27, 2018. FFA members can submit their essays at Culvers.com/essaycontest.

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02-12-18 FFA Members Across the Country to Celebrate National FFA Week

FFA Members Across the Country to Celebrate National FFA Week

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 /National FFA Organization) – Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. Next week, more than 653,000 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 activities that 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. 17 and culminates on Feb. 24. Continue reading

02-07-18 CSU Ext: Attn: Jr High & Sr High Students…Want to Participate in the See Colorado Tour?

Want to experience a trip of a lifetime?? Come “See Colorado” with other 4-H members. The tour is open to current 8-11th grade members.

Applications are due March 15th!

More info and a complete agenda can be found on the website at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/4h/4h_Tour.html

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