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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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

02-19-19 Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: 5th Annual FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

The contest ends April 8th, 2019, at 5 p.m. CST / 4pm CST

Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

Jessie Kreke Culver’s Senior Marketing Manager

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 19, 2019 – This week is National FFA Week and Culver’s Restaurants are celebrating it in a big way once again in 2019! Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jessie Kreke, one of Culver’s senior marketing managers. Kreke discusses the 5th Annual FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmer’s Project, Culver’s Restaurants and much more within the interview…

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ORIGINAL CULVER’S 5th FFA ESSAY CONTEST PRESS RELEASE – CLICK HERE

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02-18-19 Culver’s Kicks Off Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest

 

Culver’s Kicks Off Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest

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

02-15-19 Colorado FFA Foundation to induct 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees – GET YOUR TIX ASAP – Event is Nearly Sold Out!

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Colorado FFA Foundation to induct 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

GET YOUR TIX ASAP – Event is Nearly Sold Out!

The Colorado FFA Foundation will induct 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

02-04-19 CYFEA / 4RIVERS’ John Deere “Tractor Hours” Auction Huge Success at 55th CO Farm Show!

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COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION and 4RIVERS EQUIPMENT COMPANY RAISED OVER $14,000 FOR THE CYFEA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND WITH THEIR “TRACTOR HOURS” LIVE AUCTION EVENT ON JANUARY 31, 2019 AT THE 2019 CO FARM SHOW

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce that over $14,000 was raised for their Academic Scholarship fund, last Thursday at the 2019 CO Farm Show!  The CYFEA “Tractor Hours” live auction fund raising event was held at noon on January 31st, at the 4Rivers Equipment booth inside the Events Center.  Bryson Miller, of Auctioneers Miller and Associates, called this fun event.

A total of 175 tractor hours were auctioned off, split between five buyers that included: M & M Farms of Berthoud; Knapp Land and Cattle of Rocky Ford; Larson Farms and Feeding of Gill;  Marrs Milky Way Dairy of Ault, and Cook Brothers Farming, of Eaton.  The CYFEA would like to thank these buyers, along with 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere who graciously sponsored the event this year.  Continue reading

01-31-19 SAVE THE DATE! CYFEA & 4RIVERS Equipment Company hosted a John Deere “Tractor Hours” Auction at 55th CO Farm Show!

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COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION and 4RIVERS EQUIPMENT COMPANY PRESENT A JOHN DEERE
“TRACTOR HOURS” LIVE AUCTION EVENT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019 -COMPLETE
DURING THE 2019 CO FARM SHOW
ISLAND GROVE PARK, GREELEY

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The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the 55th CO Farm Show want to remind you about the CYFEA 2019 “Tractor Hours” Live Auction fund raising event, was held during the noon hour on the Farm Show’s “Ag Education Day”, Thursday, January 31, 2019.  All the proceeds will benefit the CYFEA’s Academic Scholarship Program, which annually awards one scholarship each for a Colorado college bound freshman, sophomore, junior and senior student who is majoring in the field of agriculture.

A total of 150 tractor hours were sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere.  The CYFEA will sold seven, 25 hour blocks. On Thursday January 31st, several bidders participated in this fun and useful 2019 CYFEA fund raising event which raised $14,100 from 5 bidders. Auctioneers Miller Associates called this exciting event. Continue reading

12-31-18 Check out the 2019 Colorado Farm Show Online Brochure!

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 CO Farm Show Brochure online…

Mark your Calendars!

The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show is set for January 29-31, 2019 in Greeley, Colorado

The Colorado Farm Show Board and volunteers hope you are making plans to attend the 2019 Colorado Farm Show. This 55th Annual event is one of the largest – and oldest – farm shows in the nation. The 3-day show will be held January 29, 30 & 31, 2019 at the Island Grove Regional Park, Weld County in Greeley, Colorado.

To see a complete schedule and view the online brochure for the 55th Colorado Farm Show, Jan 29-31, 2019, please visit www.coloradofarmshow.com. 

There is no admission fee to attend, simply a $5 parking fee, which includes complimentary shuttle service from your car to the front door. There is no limit on how many people you can load in your car, truck, semi or tractor for that matter…So, we hope YOU are making plans to attend each and every day!

Here are some ag facts to ponder about agriculture in Colorado and our host location of Weld County: Continue reading

01-25-19 The NWSS Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record

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Kassidy Bremer, showed her 1,369-pound Reserve Grand Champion Steer – CLICK HERE to watch the NWSS Webcast Archive

The National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record 

DENVER, CO – The standing-room-only crowd at the 2019 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for an all-time record of $150,000. The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $480,000. The Grand Champion Hog sold for $70,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for an impressive $90,000.
The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Scholarship Trust funds scholarships in agriculture studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education. For more information regarding the Scholarship Trust, please visit nationalwestern.com/educational-support/.
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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