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!

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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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02-28-20 In Case You Missed the 31st Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Watch it on Livestream

In Case You Missed the 31st Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Watch it on Livestream

The Colorado FFA Foundation recognized three inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 26, 2020. Mr. Chris Dinsdale, Sterling, Mr. Charles Hanavan, Jr., Cheyenne Wells, and Mr. Don Shawcroft, Alamosa were formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February 2020 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“These gentlemen embody leadership, innovation and a strong commitment to agriculture.  We are honored to publicly thank them by inducting them into the Hall of Fame for all they have done and continue to do for agriculture.“ said Tom Lipetzky, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation.

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02-25-20 High School Youth Benefit from Range Management Forum in Denver

High School Youth Benefit from Range Management Forum in Denver

By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair

The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) was well represented at the 2020 High School Youth Forum (HSYF) held in Denver on February 16-20, 2020. The HSYF is an integral part of the SRM annual meeting. This year there were 22 delegates representing 11 of the SRM Sections. During the Forum, high school youth from all part of the western United States and Canada attended an ecological field tour and were invited to participate and interact among the various professionals and college students attending the meeting. Continue reading

10-23-19 Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2020 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

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Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2020 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

October 23, 2019 – The Colorado FFA Foundation announced today three inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.  Mr. Chris Dinsdale, Sterling, Mr. Charles Hanavan, Jr., Cheyenne Wells, and Mr. Don Shawcroft, Alamosa will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February 2020 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“These gentlemen embody leadership, innovation and a strong commitment to agriculture.  We are honored to publicly thank them by inducting them into the Hall of Fame for all they have done and continue to do for agriculture.“ said Tom Lipetzky, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation.

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02-19-20 TRACTOR SUPPLY HOLDS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT FFA

TRACTOR SUPPLY HOLDS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT FFA

Donations accepted in-store and online will fund student-led agricultural projects across the country

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Feb. 19, 2020) – Tractor Supply Company continues its efforts to support youth across the country by kicking off the year with its annual Grants for Growing campaign. The fundraiser, which will coincide with National FFA Week, supports hundreds of unique and sustainable agricultural projects implemented by FFA chapters nationwide.

From February 19 to March 1, donations can be made in store or online at TractorSupply.com. Each grant will fund projects within the same state the funds were donated in.

“We are committed to the FFA mission of making a positive difference in the lives of our students,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. “Thanks to the passion our team members and customers have for supporting their communities, Tractor Supply will continue to invest in the next generation of agricultural leaders.” Continue reading

02-17-20 Help Culver’s Celebrate National FFA Week Feb 22-29

Help Culver’s Celebrate National FFA Week

Company launches Flavor of Day Naming Poll and FFA Essay Contest

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—Feb. 17, 2020—FFA members are our future — they will one day be tasked with the responsibility of helping manage our food supply. That’s why it’s important to celebrate them every day, but especially during National FFA Week, Feb. 22-29, 2020. In honor of this week, Culver’s is inviting guests and FFA members to get involved in two special Thank You Farmers Project initiatives.

This year, Culver’s is launching a special Thank You Farmers Project Fresh Frozen Custard Flavor of the Day. From 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, to 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, guests can visit Culver’s Facebook page to vote on what they’d like the new flavor’s name to be — either Mooey Gooey Brownie or Brownie Caramel Cow. The flavor is made with Vanilla Fresh Frozen Custard, chunks of chewy brownies and ribbons of old fashioned salted caramel. It will debut in restaurants during Scoops of Thanks Day, a fundraiser on May 7 that benefits FFA chapters, and will be used to support agricultural education throughout the year.

“We’re excited to get all of our guests involved in National FFA Week by asking for their help in naming our Thank You Farmers Project Flavor of the Day, the proceeds of which will help raise funds for their local FFA chapters,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “Agricultural education programs are essential in ensuring future generations are prepared to tackle the challenges facing our food supply and instill an appreciation for where their food comes from. We want to make sure students face no barriers, like cost, in receiving such an important education.” Continue reading

02-03-20 Colorado FFA Foundation announces the Edward B. Cordes Scholarship Program

Colorado FFA Foundation announces the Edward B. Cordes Scholarship Program

The Colorado FFA Foundation announced the formation of the Edward B. Cordes Scholarship fund at The CoBank Center for Agricultural Education, Fort Collins on January 31st. Ed Cordes along with his wife Polly Jessen, son Matt Cordes, and daughter Katie Cordes have pledged a transformational gift to the Colorado FFA Foundation to create a scholarship fund which will provide full tuition scholarships to Colorado FFA members are attending college or trade school for at least the next thirty years.

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02-01-20 Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn

Inside the CO FFA Foundation with Executive Director Don Thorn

Recap 114th NWSS, $192K in CO FFA Grants Awarded, Recap the56th CO Farm Show,  Upcoming 31st Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, 2020 CO FFA State Convention, PLUS A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT from Ed Cordes and Family & MORE!

(The BARN & FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO)February 1st, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Don Thorn, Executive Director of the Colorado FFA Foundation with an update about all things blue & gold here in the state including:

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01-31-20 CYFEA and 4RIVERS EQUIPMENT RAISES OVER $14,000 AGAIN WITH THEIR “TRACTOR HOURS” LIVE AUCTION EVENT AT THE 56th CO FARM SHOW!

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COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION and 4RIVERS EQUIPMENT RAISES OVER $14,000 AGAIN WITH THEIR “TRACTOR HOURS” LIVE AUCTION EVENT HELD ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th, AT THE 2020 CO FARM SHOW

JANUARY 31, 2020 – The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce that  $14,200 was raised for the CYFEA Academic Scholarship fund at the 2020 CO Farm Show in Greeley!  The CYFEA’s annual “Tractor Hours” live auction fund raising event was held at noon on January 30th, at the 4Rivers Equipment booth inside the Events Center.

A total of 175 tractor hours were auctioned off and split between five buyers that included: Continue reading

01-26-20 The Best 16 Days in January Celebrates the Second Highest Attendance in Stock Show History

The Best 16 Days in January Celebrates the Second Highest Attendance in Stock Show History

DENVER, CO – The 114th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) celebrated sixteen days with 707,922 guests, making it the second highest attended show in Stock Show history. The grand champion attendance record of 726,972 guests was set in 2006 during the 100thAnniversary.

“Thank you to every single stock show fan, exhibitor, family member, contestant and volunteer who joined in the celebration this year,” said Paul Andrews, NWSS President and CEO. “Each person plays an important role, helping us keep the Western tradition alive right here in the heart of Denver.”

01-25-20 SOLD! Denver Hits Historic High at the NWSS Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

Ashtin Guyer of Flat Rock, Illinois and her market steer “Olaf” were selected as the 2020 NWSS Grand Champion by a three judge panel that included: Mark Core, Jirl Buck & Blake Nelson.

SOLD! Denver Hits Historic High at the NWSS Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

DENVER, CO – The 2020 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions set record numbers again this year. The day began with the Grand and Reserve Champion Steers making an appearance for high tea at the Brown Palace Hotel, which has been a tradition for the last 75 years.
The top eight champion animals set an unprecedented auction total of $531,000. The Grand Champion Steer, named Olaf, sold for an all-time record of $155,000. The Grand Champion Hog sold for an impressive $100,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for $105,000.
The money invested supports these young students who poured countless hours into raising their high caliber animals. Many plan to use the auction funds for their collegiate educations and future in agriculture. A portion of their proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust, which funds scholarships in agricultural studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education.
The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9NEWS at 6:30 p.m., and the exciting results are as follows:

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01-23-20 Colorado FFA Foundation announces grant recipients, sets record giving at $192,000

Colorado FFA Foundation announces grant recipients, sets record giving at $192,000

Greeley— The Colorado FFA Foundation announced the recipients of it’s annual grant programs. FFA members and FFA Chapters from all across Colorado received grant funds to assist FFA members and chapters improve agricultural experiences in their local communities. Students and chapters can receive grant funds in three different programs that the FFA Foundation and the Colorado FFA Association host each year.

All totaled, the Colorado FFA Foundation and it’s sponsor partners gave out over $192,000 in support for youth in agriculture through the Foundation’s grants program. Those programs are: Continue reading

12-23-19 Congratulations to Bennett FFA…Winners of the Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program

Congratulations to Bennett FFA…Winners of the Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program

GREELEY, CO – December 20, 2019 – The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists chapters in the state with projects that lack funding within their school district’s budget. Applications were accepted through November 15th. The Grant Committee was pleased to have eight chapters across the state to consider.
Using a standardized evaluation process, the committee carefully reviewed the applications and is honored to announce this year’s recipient is the Bennett FFA Chapter. The grant will assist the chapter with an ambitious set of goals to address the needs of their growing student body. Program goals center around an immersive agriculture education facility with a greenhouse.

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12-11-19 Syngenta donates $16,400 to local FFA chapters

Syngenta donates $16,400 to local FFA chapters

Donations will support training, programming and community development for future leaders in American agriculture

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, Dec. 11, 2019 – Syngenta is donating $16,400 to local chapters of the National FFA® Organization to support ongoing training and programming for future agricultural leaders. This support comes at an important time for the ag industry, as the number of open agricultural jobs continues to outpace the number of educated professionals available to fill them.

“Syngenta takes pride in its support of local ag communities, especially as the need for educated agriculture professionals continues to grow,” says Ann Rengel, Syngenta customer event and trade show lead. “Donations like these directly support the students who represent the future of American agriculture, providing them with education and resources to further their involvement in the ag industry.” Continue reading

10-01-19 Deadline to apply for Colorado Corn FFA Grants is Nov 15th!

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Focused on the Future means focusing on Colorado’s youth and part of that effort for the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee is supporting youth-focused programs like the Colorado Corn FFA Grant. The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists FFA chapters in Colorado on projects that lack funding within their school district’s budget.

Applications are being accepted from Colorado FFA chapters for this grant.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 15th.  

For an application, email across@coloradocorn.com, or call 970-351-8201. Continue reading

11-14-19 National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

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National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

Application deadline is December 1st!

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Morgan County

Fort Morgan, CO – The deadline for participating in the 83rd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is fast approaching on December 1st. This long running program is an important part of the National Western Stock Show and is a great opportunity for 4-H members to learn about practical beef cattle management. Continue reading