The 143rd CO State Fair Livestock Shows, Championships and Jr Livestock Sale Archives on Livestream…

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CLICK HERE and then choose which webcast you want to watch!




*depending upon internet availability


9am………………………………Open & Jr Dairy Cow Show


Jr Mkt Dairy Showmanship

Jr & Open & Jr Dairy Heifer Show


09-01-15 Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth…

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2015 sale accumulated approximately $531,300.00 from the state’s most dedicated bidders. Last year’s sale totaled $481,200. This year has set the record sale for Grand Champion Market beef at $60,000. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.

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08-19-15 Monsanto: America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Awarding $10K Grants to Lone Star & Walsh Schools…


Two Colorado school districts, Lone Star & Walsh, will receive $10,000 Grants…

BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO (August 19th, 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


Starting January 1, 2016, 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

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

08-18-15 CSF News: The King is Calling for Bakers…

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The King is Calling for Bakers
PUEBLO, Colo. – King Arthur Flour invites you to compete in their “Yeast Roll Baking Contest” at the Colorado State Fair. The entry fee is only $5 with the top adult winning $75 and the top youth (14 and under) winning $50.
Bake your rolls from scratch using any type of King Arthur Flour. Any type or shape of yeast roll is welcome and each participant must present at least six rolls in any container of your choice. Creativity is strongly encouraged. This competition is for home bakers. No professional bakers allowed.
The contest will be held on September 3, 2015; registration is now open with an entry deadline of September 1, 2015. 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 visit Continue reading

08-14-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Wheat Trial Results Available…

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(Burlington, Colo.) Colorado State University (CSU) Extension wheat trial results are now available.  The CSU Wheat Testing Team has established on-farm dryland wheat testing sites at 24 locations throughout Eastern Colorado, stretching from Weld County to Baca County.  Six wheat varieties were selected for testing during the 2014-15 season which included:  Denali, Byrd, Sunshine (white), Snowmass (white), Brawl Cl Plus (Clearfield), and Grainfield (Westbred).  These on-farm tests included growing conditions at all levels and involved a host of volunteers for planting, managing and harvesting.  Wheat trials were planted and harvested with producer’s equipment with some treatments measuring 30 feet wide by 2400 feet long.Wheat Trial Results Continue reading

08-14-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Prowers County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Fund Drive Success…

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Prowers County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Fund Drive Success

By Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Bent & Prowers Counties

Southeast Area—The Prowers County 4-H Foundation kicked off the inaugural college scholarship fund drive this year and is pleased to announce the winners are Alicia Downing, Cody Duvall, Tracy Massar, and Gail Harvey. These individuals bought a chance in an effort to help build the Prowers County 4-H Foundation scholarship fund. Foundation has been awarding graduating seniors scholarships for over ten years and is hoping to increase funding opportunities to include low interest loan options. Continue reading

08-13-15 Stratton, CO’s Cory Wedel being Region II Winner of the NAAE’s Ideas Unlimited Contest…

NAAE-National Association of Agricultural Educators logoThe Ideas Unlimited contest is designed to give members an opportunity to exchange classroom, SAE, leadership, and other teaching ideas. This program is sponsored by National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning. Click below to see all of this category’s region winners… Continue reading

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

CulversNational FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015Enjoy a Scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard August 11 for a $1 Donation to Benefit FFA and Other Ag Organizations

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

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08-04-15 Colorado Corn helps Beef Battalion feed 650 more troops; Another chance to volunteer coming up on Aug 29th…

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Colorado Corn board member Mike Lefever helped the All American Beef Battalion feed steaks to 650 troops and their families at Fort Carson on Saturday. 
The next Beef Battalion feed will be at Fort Carson at noon on Aug. 29, when the group will be feeding about 2,500 troops. With that many mouths to feed, the group is looking for volunteers to help out. Look for more details in upcoming “Kernels,” or on our website. 
To date, Colorado Corn has given $85,000 to the Beef Battalion — a volunteer organization that travels the U.S. feeding our nation’s troops and their families — and has helped serve more than 30,000 steak dinners in Colorado.
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08-04-15 *CSU Ext SEA News* Preserving the Abundance in the Garden…

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Food preservation has permeated every culture. To survive ancient man had to harness nature. In frozen climates he froze seal meat on the ice. In tropical climates he dried foods in the sun. Today we continue to practice a variety of preservation techniques, these include canning, pickling, freezing and drying. Continue reading

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!

How it works:
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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.

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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…

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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:

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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.
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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