The 2020 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show is this Weekend July 10-11-12…”It’s a GO!”

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER ONLINE TO SAVE $5!

The 2020 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show is this Weekend July 10-11-12…”It’s a GO!”

To enter the 2020 Briggsdale Classic Jackpot Show online use this link: https://forms.gle/Uj1PSK7QdDxW8xbi6

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07-02-20 NWSS National Anthem Contest for 2021 is Postponed

NWSS National Anthem Contest for 2021 is Postponed

July usually means the start of our National Anthem contest for the upcoming Stock Show. This year, we have decided to postpone the contest to the Fall. Keep working on your videos and practicing – we can’t wait to see all the videos you submit in a few short months.

In the meantime, you can look back at the 2020 Co-Winners and see them in action.

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07-02-20 NWSS History Preserved: Dismantle and Move of the Historic Water Tower

NWSS History Preserved: Dismantle and Move of the Historic Water Tower

Recently the city of Denver’s construction team disassembled the historic Armour water tower along National Western Drive. The 80-foot tower is now safe in storage as the team prepares the site for its move to a new, permanent location in the heart of the future stockyards. There it will serve as a visual beacon for campus visitors at the far end of the main campus plaza.
This area was once known as the Denver Union Stock Yards and was the location of several packing houses — Swift, Wilson, Cudahy and Armour were the largest. The Armour tower was likely installed after the Armour Company took over the site around 1917. The water tower and the adjacent Armour Administration Building are the last two structures associated with the large animal processing plant that was once there. The Armour Administration Building will also become part of the new campus.

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06-30-20 BARN MEDIA LIVESTREAM WEBCAST ALERTS: 2020 Weld County Fair & Colorado State Fair Updates

BARN MEDIA LIVESTREAM WEBCAST ALERTS:

2020 Weld County Fair & Colorado State Fair Updates regarding the Junior Livestock Shows, Showmanships & Championship Drives at both events in July 28 – Aug 1 and Aug 27 – Sept 7th…

KEEP IN MIND…DUE TO COVID-19 THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

06-26-20 FFA to Host Virtual National FFA Convention & Expo this October

FFA to Host Virtual National FFA Convention & Expo this October

NAFB via The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – June 26, 2020 – The National FFA Organization announced Friday the 2020 National FFA Convention and Expo will be held virtually. The decision to hold a virtual event in place of in-person was recommended by National FFA staff and affirmed by the board of directors, says National FFA Organization and Foundation CEO Mark Poeschl…

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06-23-20 Nutrition Legend Pens Seventh Book…John K. Matsushima, Ph.D., releases Dynamic Beef Cattle Industry

Nutrition Legend Pens Seventh Book…

John K. Matsushima, Ph.D., releases Dynamic Beef Cattle Industry

Written by Larisa Willrett, BluePrint Media

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In his seventh book, Dynamic Beef Cattle Industry, beef cattle nutrition pioneer and innovator John K. Matsushima, Ph.D., offers a comprehensive history of the beef cattle industry. Dynamic is a term that could also be used to describe the book’s author. At almost 100 years old, Matsushima has not only seen much of the cattle industry’s modern development worldwide, but has helped it evolve and improve over much of that time. Continue reading

06-16-20 Inside The BARN with Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller: Reimagined 2020 CSF & More!

Inside The BARN with Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller: Reimagined 2020 CSF & More!

The BARN, BRIGGSDALE, CO – June 16, 2020 – The Colorado State Fair is a division of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the event each year showcases Colorado agriculture, industry and culture for 11 days in late August through Labor Day. In 2019, more than 466,000 people attended the event, but with the current COVID-19 public health situation, the 148th CO State Fair may look and feel a bit different. On June 16th, the Colorado State Fair Board of Authority, voted to modify activities during the 2020 State Fair, scheduled for August 28-September 7. Joining the Colorado Ag News Netowrk and FarmCast Radio to detail what that will actually means to everyone that supports the event each year is Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller

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If you have questions related to this summer’s modified 2020 Colorado State Fair please the Colorado State Fair websiteFacebook page @colostatefair, or call 719-404-2080 for the latest updates and information…there’s even a list of FAQ’s and answers online too.

The 148th Colorado State Fair runs August 28 – September 7, 2020, in Pueblo, CO. 

ORIGINAL CSF PRESS RELEASE – CLICK HERE

06-16-20 Colorado State Fair Announces Reimagined 2020 Event

Colorado State Fair Announces Reimagined 2020 Event

Pueblo, Colo. – In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the Colorado State Fair Board of Authority today voted to modify activities during the 2020 State Fair, scheduled for August 28-September 7.

“Faced with an incredibly difficult decision, and with a deep understanding of its far-reaching impact, the Board carefully considered State guidance that is being developed for outdoor events and potential health risk to our State Fair visitors, competitors and vendors before voting,” said State Fair Board Chair Paul Youngs.

The Board did determine that a number of State Fair activities will move forward this summer with new guidelines in place. Activities being considered include the Junior Livestock Show and Sale, FFA Heifer Wrangle, Catch-a-Calf, 4-H Horse Show, 4-H Dog Show, 4-H Rocketry, and 4-H Static Exhibits as well as limited food and vendor booths, a limited carnival presence and virtual competitive exhibits. More information and details about activities taking place will be announced soon. Continue reading

05-21-20 National FFA’s COVID-19 Chapter Assistance Program – Apply by June 12th!

National FFA’s COVID-19 Chapter Assistance Program – Apply by June 12th!

FFA chapters faced with the loss of revenue due to the pandemic are eligible for the FFA COVID-19 Chapter Assistance Program. The program requires an application and offers up to $2,000 in one-time financial assistance per chapter to offset pandemic-related losses. Apply by June 12.

Our thanks to Cargill for providing the initial funding for the COVID-19 Chapter Assistance Program.

SOURCE: National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46278, United States

05-20-20 CDA: State Steps Up Outreach on Rural Mental Health, Launches Online Toolkit (Preview)

CDA: State Steps Up Outreach on Rural Mental Health, Launches Online Toolkit (Preview)

Broomfield, Colo. –  The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), today announced a new collection of outreach materials specifically focused on behavioral health resources for Colorado’s rural communities.

The toolkit is the result of a partnership between the two agencies to promote Colorado Crisis Services, the statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering residents mental health, substance use or emotional crisis support, information and referrals.

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05-19-20 CDA: Livestock Sales and Shows Must Follow Local Health Guidelines

CDA: Livestock Sales and Shows Must Follow Local Health Guidelines

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds those planning to participate in livestock show and sale activities this season to stay in close contact with state and local health agencies overseeing those events.

Decisions regarding procedures and potential cancelations due to the COVID-19 outbreak are ultimately made by local public health agencies, often with guidance from the state Department of Public Health and Environment and in compliance with state and local public health orders. While the Department of Agriculture has limited regulatory authority within fair, show, and sale operations, the agency does not issue decisions regarding whether or not livestock events will take place.

“Agriculture remains an essential business, and as livestock show and fair season approaches, we will continue to look to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and local health agencies to provide guidance on best practices for gatherings,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. “We strongly encourage people to connect with specific counties and municipalities for clarity and direction about events to be held in those jurisdictions.”

The Department will communicate developments and guidance for sale and show activities as it is released. Information about Colorado’s current local public health orders and variances can be found here.

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05-13-20 WCLA Awards $4,000 in College Scholarships

Weld County Livestock Association Awards $4,000 in College Scholarships

May 13, 2020 – Weld County, Colorado – Amid these difficult and challenging times, the Weld County Livestock Association takes great pleasure in announcing the recipients of WCLA college scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • Courtney Carr, Highland High School
  • Awna Hirsch, Windsor High School
  • Emalee Roth, Platte Valley High School

and the Gene Inloes Memorial Scholarship:

  • Hallie Carroll, Eaton High School

Each $1,000 scholarship may be used at any college, university or junior college of the recipients choosing.

WCLA Scholarship Committee member Steve Fiolkoski said, “The 2020 applicants were all deserving and show that agriculture has a bright future with these upcoming leaders!”

WCLA vice president Jim Magnuson added, “Our
organization takes great pride in encouraging and helping the youth of Weld County find success in agriculture and related fields.”

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05-01-20 Colorado Simmental updates youth opportunities

Colorado Simmental updates youth opportunities

SUGAR CITY – Colorado Simmental Association has expanded its scholarship opportunities to youth.

“CSA is dedicated and committed to the next generation of young cattlemen,” said President Jay Hill of Sterling. “We now have two grants available to help the next generation.”  

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04-09-20 CSU Makes It Official: Reitzenstein Named New Livestock Judging Coach and Coordinator…

CSU Makes It Official: Reitzenstein Named New Livestock Judging Coach and Coordinator…

The Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences welcomes Kyndal Reitzenstein as the new Livestock Judging Coach and Coordinator.

Reitzenstein, a Colorado native, cherishes her childhood on the family farm in Kersey.

“My family has around 250 head of Angus cattle where we strive to meet the needs of seedstock and commercial cattle customers. My brother and I grew up showing cattle and pigs at the county, state and national level as well.” Reitzenstein said.

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04-03-20 ITLA News: Webinar on Judging Texas Longhorn Cattle

ITLA News: Webinar on Judging Texas Longhorn Cattle

Glenrose, TX — The International Texas Longhorn Association (ITLA) will produce their 36th Judges Clinic for the training of professional show judges on May 12 and 19. The detailed training webinar will be available for those desiring the curriculum. It can be viewed on line, world wide with high speed internet in two segments of 3 hours each.

Livestock producers world wide are invited to participate in the ITLA Judges Training Webinar May 12 and 19. Texas Longhorn shows are becoming increasingly popular with some major shows recording the largest entries of any breed.

This will be hosted live by on-line moderator/ presenter Darol Dickinson, Judge John Oliver and Dr. June Cohron. It will include over 300 power point graphics, charts with question and answers, and illustrations from a team of current approved training judges.

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04-02-20 CO 4-H & CO FFA Swine Exhibitors are Invited to Participate in the 1st-Ever Virtual Prospect Pig Jackpot Show on April 12th!

CLICK HERE to visit the “Virtual Prospect Pig Jackpot” Facebook page to learn more

CO 4-H & CO FFA Swine Exhibitors are Invited to Participate in the 1st-Ever Virtual Prospect Pig Jackpot Show on April 12th!

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03-05-20 Reminder: Don’t Forget to Apply for the 2020-21 CYFEA College Academic Scholarships Before March 15th!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the CYFEA…

Reminder: Don’t Forget to Apply for the 2020-21 CYFEA College Academic Scholarships Before March 15th!

The 2020 Board of Directors of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the CYFEA Academic Scholarship Committee want to remind Colorado’s Ag educators and college bound students that the deadline for the 2020 – 2021 Academic Scholarship applications is March 15th !

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