07-22-19 AGPROfessionals presents the Peterson Farm Brothers August 7th & 8th in Greeley, CO

AGPROfessionals presents the Peterson Farm Brothers August 7th & 8th in Greeley, CO

AGPROfessionals, along with generous support from the Colorado FFA Foundation, DairyMAX, Colorado Livestock Association, and vNacelle, is pleased to bring the Peterson Farm Brothers to Greeley for two agricultural advocacy events to support the Weld County Food Bank. As friends and supporters in our industry, we would like to invite you to share our event with your constituencies. Attached is the flyer for the event. Continue reading

07-03-19 THE 101ST WELD COUNTY FAIR BRINGS FREE FUN TO PUBLIC

THE 101ST WELD COUNTY FAIR BRINGS FREE FUN TO PUBLIC

WELD COUNTY, CO — The 101st Weld County Fair is fast approaching and will provide a week of fun free events, exhibitions, and activities. The fair kicks off on Thursday, July 25, with events through Sunday, July 28. The fair concludes with the Junior Livestock Show on July 29, at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.

“The fair is a time-honored event in Weld County,” Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “It highlights the best of Weld County’s agricultural roots and demonstrates the strong presence agriculture continues to have.”

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07-18-19 Inside the BARN with Colorado State Fair Foundation President Adam Daurio…

Inside the BARN with Colorado State Fair Foundation President Adam Daurio…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO July 18, 2019 – Did you know that the Colorado State Fair Foundation has been busy building programs for youth as well as raise capital for renovation projects throughout the state fairgrounds?

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the organization in more detail is Adam Daurio, President of the Colorado State Fair Foundation

Topics include:

  • History & Purpose
  • Impact
  • Student Ambassabor & Internship Programs
  • Membership & Benefits Information
  • Upcoming 4th Annual Partners of Youth in Ag Golf Tournament
  • & MORE

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For registration details for the 4th Partners of Youth in Ag Golf Tourney – CLICK HERE

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The 2019 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show Results, Videos and Pictures Available now…

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LIVESTREAM VIDEO ARCHIVES from the Showmanship & Championship Drives, courtesy of BARN Media

BEEF SHOW RESULTS & BEEF ULTRASOUND RESULTS

HOG SHOW RESULTS

LAMB SHOW RESULTS

GOAT SHOW RESULTS

2019 BRIGGSDALE CLASSIC PHOTOS

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06-25-19 Culver’s #Farming Fridays Social Media Series Returns on June 28th

Culver’s #Farming Fridays Social Media Series Returns on June 28th

 Restaurant Chain to Share Stories From Agricultural Influencers

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—June 25, 2019—America is home to 2.1 million farms—and every person involved with farming has a story to tell. That’s why Culver’s created #FarmingFridays in 2016. This social media series profiles influential people who are passionate about educating others about the agricultural industry and feeding a growing population.

Back for its fourth consecutive year, #FarmingFridays returned back on April 26th and resumes on June 28th (SEE BELOW). The influencers will share their stories on Culver’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts. The full #FarmingFridays lineup is:

  • June 28, Marie Zick: Zick’s Wisconsin dairy farm has been in her husband’s family for over 150 years. The Zick family cares for 160 Jersey cows, whose milk is used for cheesemaking. Continue reading

06-13-19 CYFEA Board Makes Decision to Cease Operations Effective July 31, 2019

CYFEA Board Makes Decision to Cease Operations Effective July 31, 2019

Good afternoon CYFEA Chapter membership, CYFE Foundation Board of Directors, CYFEA Executive Team, CYFEA sponsors and supporters —

Please read the attached letter from Chairman, Dave Lieber, on behalf of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s Board of Directors, regarding the decision to suspend most the CYFEA’s operations as of July 31, 2019. This decision comes after much dialogue and with regrets to all of you that have supported this state Association recently and for as many as 50 years, in some cases!

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CYFEA Chapter Membership, Friends, Sponsors and Supporters,

It is with much consideration and sadness that the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s Board of Directors have decided to suspend the CYFEA’s day-to-day administration and programs, effective July 31, 2019. This decision comes mainly with the realization of a declining membership and the lack of engagement with this state Association over the past several years. Any viable and successful organization needs regular and active involvement from its members. Continue reading

06-12-19 NFU, FFA Cement Partnership at MOU Signing Ceremony

NFU, FFA Cement Partnership at MOU Signing Ceremony

Groups Work Together to Strengthen Youth Agricultural Education and Leadership

MINNEAPOLIS – As the average age of the American farmer approaches 60, National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National FFA Organization are working together to cultivate the next generation of American agricultural professionals.
At a ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota, NFU President Roger Johnson and National FFA Organization CEO Mark Poeschl formalized their joint commitment to agricultural education and cemented the two organizations’ longstanding partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU summarizes the ways in which NFU and FFA will continue to encourage youth engagement and leadership, share resources, and elevate each other’s roles within farming communities.
“Many generations of young Farmers Union members have grown up in their local FFA chapters,” said Johnson. “This MOU is a logical next step in what has long been a mutually beneficial friendship between our two organizations.”

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05-29-19 Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn: 91st CO FFA Convention at CSU-Pueblo, June 4-5-6 and More…

Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn: 91st CO FFA Convention at CSU-Pueblo, June 4-5-6 and More…

(The BARN & FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) May 29, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Don Thorn, Executive Director of the Colorado FFA Foundation looks back at this past year and looks ahead at the upcoming 91st CO FFA State Convention June 4-5-6 at CSU-Pueblo and more…

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Learn more about the Colorado FFA Foundation – CLICK HERE

Learn more about the Colorado FFA Association – CLICK HERE

Learn more about the 2019 Colorado FFA Convention – CLICK HERE

05-30-19 Over $104,000 Donated by Guests on Culver’s® Scoops of Thanks Day

Over $104,000 Donated by Guests on Culver’s® Scoops of Thanks Day

Annual fundraiser supports local agricultural education programs

Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin – May 30, 2019– Culver’s guests showed their support in a big way for agricultural education on Culver’s Scoops of Thanks Day, donating more than $104,000. The fundraiser is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project and involved guests donating $1 in exchange for a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard.

The proceeds raised across Culver’s over 700 restaurants will go to local FFA chapters and other agricultural organizations.

“Each guest who bought a scoop of frozen custard helped us make a real difference in supporting local agricultural education programs,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager for Culver’s. “It’s amazing to see the support our guests show on Scoops of Thanks Day.” Continue reading

05-14-19 Tractor Supply Presents a Record-Breaking $970,121 to National FFA Foundation

Tractor Supply Presents a Record-Breaking $970,121 to National FFA Foundation

Fourth Annual Grants for Growing Donations Support Youth-Led FFA Projects

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (May 14, 2019) – Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Organization continue to partner to support the next generation of agricultural leaders through their Grants for Growing program. Grants for Growing provides funding to FFA chapters across the country for the development or improvement of a proposed agricultural project. This year, Tractor Supply stores nationwide raised a record $970,122 through customer donations to fund sustainable, youth-driven agriculture projects made possible by the initiative. Continue reading

04-09-19 Make a Difference With Culver’s on Scoops of Thanks Day, May 2nd

Make a Difference With Culver’s on Scoops of Thanks Day, May 2nd

Restaurant Chain’s Largest Fundraiser Supports Local Agricultural Education Programs

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—April 9, 2019—Students at the Delta High School FFA Chapter in Muncie, Indiana, are continuously looking for opportunities to develop their agricultural knowledge through hands-on learning. As a youth organization, this FFA chapter and the more than 8,630 others across the country work tirelessly to grow the next generation of leaders in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

But funding isn’t always available to support the types of experiences that FFA chapters need to offer to their members. That’s why Scoops of Thanks Day, a fundraiser hosted at Culver’s restaurants across the country on Thursday, May 2, is so important.

On May 2, guests can stop by their Culver’s, donate $1 to agricultural education and receive a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard as our way of saying thanks. All donations go to local agricultural education efforts. Continue reading

04-23-19 CYFEA ANNOUNCES 2019 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

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COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2019 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

April 23, 2019  – The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce the winners of its CYFEA 2019 – 2020 Academic Scholarship Awards!  This scholarship program was established in 1992 to recognize outstanding students who will be entering college in the fall academic year as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.  These students will major in Ag education or an Ag related field of study, as well as being academically superior and involved with their local and/or state community service organizations. This year there are four student scholarships awarded, for a total of $3000.  

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04-23-19 USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 – Food waste is a problem everyone can tackle, including our nation’s youth. As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is launching Ace the Waste! A student competition for food waste reduction ideas. This first-ever competition calls on students to come up with creative solutions to reduce food loss and waste in the United States.

The problem of food waste affects everyone. More than one third of food in the U.S. is lost or wasted. This amounts to 133 billion pounds, or $161 billion worth of food each year. Food is the single largest type of waste in landfills. Students age 11 to 18 are encouraged to submit proposals on reducing food loss and waste anywhere along the supply chain, from the farm to the dinner table and beyond. Topic ideas for the proposal include: Continue reading

04-17-19 Culver’s #Farming Fridays Social Media Series Returns on April 26th

Culver’s #Farming Fridays Social Media Series Returns on April 26th

 Restaurant Chain to Share Stories From Agricultural Influencers

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—April 17, 2019—America is home to 2.1 million farms—and every person involved with farming has a story to tell. That’s why Culver’s created #FarmingFridays in 2016. This social media series profiles influential people who are passionate about educating others about the agricultural industry and feeding a growing population.

Back for its fourth consecutive year, #FarmingFridays returns April 26, 2019. The influencers will share their stories on Culver’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts. The full #FarmingFridays lineup is: Continue reading

03-29-19 Culver’s Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest- Entry Deadline April 8th!

Time’s Running Out! Culver’s FFA Essay Contest Ends April 8th!

Restaurant franchise to award $15,000  

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 18, 2019 – Today Culver’s is continuing its tradition of celebrating National FFA Week by launching its fifth annual FFA Essay Contest. Three essay writers will be chosen to receive $7,500, $5,000 or $2,500 for their FFA chapters. The essay contest is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of—and passion for—the agricultural industry.

This year, contestants are being asked to respond to this:

  • The average age of a farmer is 58. Why is it important for more young people to get involved with agriculture? Why should they be excited to join the agricultural industry?

FFA members are encouraged to submit essays of 1,000 words or less at Culvers.com/essaycontest until April 8, 2019, at 5 p.m. CT. Continue reading

03-27-19 First National Bank Supports Colorado FFA Foundation

First National Bank Supports Colorado FFA Foundation

Donation will serve as an investment in the future of agriculture

FORT COLLINS, Colo. March 11, 2019 – First National Bank is supporting the Colorado FFA Foundation and investing in the future of agriculture with a $2,500 donation, announced Mark Driscoll, Colorado market president. First National Bank’s contribution is part of its broader efforts to celebrate National Agriculture Week and will help provide positive educational experiences for the students enrolled in agricultural education in Colorado. First National Bank and its affiliates are among the largest Agribusiness lenders in the country.

“We’re proud to support the next generation of farmers in Colorado through our partnership with the state FFA Foundation,” added Driscoll. First National Bank is also donating to the Nebraska FFA Foundation and local FFA chapters in Illinois and South Dakota.

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03-21-19 Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee

Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee

Denver, CO – The Senate Education Committee this afternoon voted 3-to-2 to pass SB19-171, Apprenticeships and Vocational Technical Training, a bill sponsored by Senator Jessie Danielson (D-Jefferson County) to increase awareness of apprenticeship and vocational technical training programs in Colorado. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“Every Coloradan deserves a fair shot at success, but no one follows the exact same path,” said Senator Danielson. “Apprenticeship and vocational training programs can give Coloradans a pathway to good-paying jobs and stable careers, but in order to make these valuable programs more accessible to all Coloradans, we need to make sure people know they exist.” Continue reading

02-28-19 CFB: ‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). As part of ASAP, March 3-9 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “Safety: Know Your Limits.”

A different safety focus will be highlighted by Colorado Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers each day of the week: (Listen to the PSA’s below)

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02-27-19 Colorado FFA Foundation Inducts Hickert, Hutchinson & Williams into the 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame

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Colorado FFA Foundation Inducts Hickert, Hutchinson & Williams into the 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame

DENVER, CO – February 27, 2019 – The Colorado FFA Foundation inducted three more members into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 27, 2019.  Mr. Jay Hickert, Akron, Mr. George “Buck” Hutchison, Englewood, and Mr. Dan Williams, Denver, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“We are proud to add three more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be diverse, and very competitive.  I am amazed at the significant contributions to agriculture that all of our nominees possess. “said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Continue reading