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…

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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

06-16-15 Colorado Simmental elects officers…

Shelby Temple and Tori Hill learn how to compete in livestock judging, a new skill for many of the young participants. The heifers were penned by sire groups at the sale headquarters at the high-elevation ranch, surrounded by the San Luis Valley’s green 8100-feet mountains.

Shelby Temple and Tori Hill learn how to compete in livestock judging, a new skill for many of the young participants. The heifers were penned by sire groups at the sale headquarters at the high-elevation ranch, surrounded by the San Luis Valley’s green 8100-feet mountains.

Robert Campbell, Curt Russell and Beth & Shane Temple officiate the judging contest held at the T-Heart and L-Cross ranches on June 13. The field day preceded the CJSA and CSA annual meetings at La Garita.

LA GARITA, CO – Colorado Simmental members gathered Saturday, June 13 for annual events at the L-Cross Ranch near here. CoSimmentalLogo

An afternoon field day allowed youth to learn or improve skills, as they competed in a judging contest, sales talk, and cattlemen’s quiz. Hosts Shane & Beth Temple, owners of T-Heart and L-Cross ranches, displayed heifers from various sire groups for the participants to evaluate.

During the youth’s annual meetings, Chad Russell of Sugar City was re-elected Colorado Junior Simmental president, Keanna Smith of Ignacio, as vice president; and RJ and Andrea Kerchal of Calhan were re-appointed as youth advisers.

Youth of the Year winner was Tate Kerchal, age 9. The Calhan boy helped at both National Western Stock Show and Colorado State Fair events, as well as exhibiting the Champion Simmental Female at the 2014 Colorado State Fair. Continue reading

06-15-15 The National Council for Agricultural Education Releases New Academic Standards…

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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday June 15, 2015/The National Council for Agricultural Education) New educational content standards have been released for the agriculture, food and natural resources (AFNR) industry. The revised standards, which provide state agricultural education leaders and educators a guide for development of well-planned curriculum for AFNR-related career and technical education programs, were released by the National Council for Agricultural Education.

The multi-stage revision of the standards began in 2014 and included input from more than 270 secondary and post-secondary educators, business, industry and state leaders in career and technical education. The revision process reflected essential and up-to-date knowledge and skills that students need to be ready for early-career success in a variety of AFNR disciplines. In addition, the revisions provide a sound basis on which to design AFNR related career and technical education courses as well as for developing assessments to measure students’ knowledge and skill levels.

“We are so grateful for the assistance we received while revising these standards,” said Mike Honeycutt, managing director of the National Council for Agricultural Education. “These standards will help students in agricultural education across the nation move toward college and career readiness in an industry that is currently in desperate need of thousands of skilled workers.” Continue reading

06-12-15 WW Feed & Supply’s Steer-Aid clinic in La Junta on June 20th…

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Steer-Aid clinic June 20

A Steer-Aid Clinic, designed to help 4-H and FFA beef project members, will be Saturday, June 20 in La Junta.

The free morning session will focus on feeding and nutrition, clipping and show day grooming. A beef hoof trimming service will be offered at $45 per head. All events will be at WW Feed & Supply, 303 W. 1st St., La Junta.

For a schedule and further details, call 719-384-4463 or go to www.WWFeed.com.

06-11-15 FFA Award Winners Tour Costa Rica, Gain Perspective of Global Agriculture…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, June 9, 2015/National FFA Organization) –As the agricultural community becomes increasingly global, it is crucial that young people considering careers in the industry understand the opportunities and challenges of international trade. A group of 48 national FFA award winners will tour agricultural sites in Costa Rica this summer and compare the industry in Central America and the United States. Following an orientation session in Miami on June 9, the group will depart for a 10-day tour.

Costa Rica is an ideal agricultural tour site as it includes some of the most diverse agriculture and geography in the world. Yet, the country is small enough that the contingent selected for the National FFA Organization’s 2015 Costa Rica Proficiency and Stars Travel Seminar will be able to immerse themselves into a complete agriculture experience.

Seminar participants were selected from national agricultural proficiency award finalists and American Star Farmer and Star in Agribusiness finalists named last October at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. The seminar, in addition to cash awards and plaques, is made possible by business and industry contributions to the National FFA Foundation.

Through June 18, participants will visit Dole’s Costa Rican banana farm, the Corsicana pineapple plantation, several of the country’s large and small production farms, a Starbucks coffee plantation, a forest biological reserve and rainforests. They’ll also be taking in plenty of sights during their trip. FFA members will tour the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, the country’s National Park and a host of popular tourist destinations.

During the seminar, students have an opportunity to experience the global agriculture and culture of Costa Rica. The international seminar is an education study seminar designed to introduce the award participants to agriculture as it is practiced in other countries.

Students participating in the trip include: Continue reading

06-10-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers in Cheyenne Wells on June 30th…

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Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers

Are you interested in bringing your home-made food products to market?

This training offered by CSU Extension- Southeast Area will provide food safety training required by the Colorado Cottage Food Act.

Extension Agents, Jennifer Wells and Kaye Kasza, will present Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at CSU Extension-Cheyenne County, 425 S. 7th West, Cheyenne Wells, CO.

Learn foods that are permissible in the Cottage Foods Act, ingredient labeling requirements, as well as basic food safety for a home business. In addition, financial and business considerations will be discussed as you pursue the idea of producing cottage foods for the market.

Registration fee of $15.00 (cash or check only) is required by June 24. To register call 719-767-5716.

For more information about the training call Kaye Kasza at 719-456-0764 or Jennifer Wells at 719-254-7608.

If you have a disability for which you seek an accommodation, please notify us at 719-767-5716 at least five business days prior to the event.

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ICYMI: Archives of the 2015 CO FFA State Convention from CSU-Pueblo are on LIVESTREAM!

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Once again this year, BARN Media has teamed up with the Colorado FFA to bring you LIVE & ARCHIVED webcasts of ALL the sessions June 3-4, 2015 from CSU-Pueblo.

A complete webcast schedule will be posted soon. CLICK the above logo to launch Livestream and watch the 2014-15 CO FFA State Officer team in action.

Webcasts and archives are courtesy of the CO FFA, the CO FFA Foundation & brought to you courtesy of BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network.


SESSION 1:  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, Chair: Leigha Filla & Nicole Fischer – WATCH ARCHIVE

SESSION 2: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, Co-Chairs: Clay Russell & Jacob Walter – WATCH the ARCHIVE

SESSION 3: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3,Co-Chairs: Zach Cooper & Katelyn Walter – WATCH the ARCHIVE

SESSION 4: THURSDAY, JUNE 4, Chair: Jaelyn Whaley & Rachelle Siefkas = WATCH the ARCHIVE

SESSION 5: THURSDAY, JUNE 4, Co-Chairs: Alondra Meixueiro & Logan Henry – WATCH the ARCHIVE

SESSION 6: THURSDAY, JUNE 4, Co-Chairs: 2014-15 Officer Team WATCH LIVE or the ARCHIVES

CLICK HERE TO LAUNCH LIVESTREAM & the 2015 CO FFA State Convention June 2-3-4 

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

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RMFU Summer Camps 2015

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(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 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…


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


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