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The Real Farmwives of Colorado

The Farmwife Project is beginning to take shape and it may very well be one of the coolest projects around.

In the upcoming weeks, a group of agvocates are coming together right here on this site. They raise hogs, cattle, potatoes, bees, and children. They are farmwives, daughters, sisters, and mothers. And they are one of the most interesting collective voices of Colorado agriculture.

We are the Real Farmwives of Colorado and we will each be writing periodic blog entries that will appear on the Vermillion Farms blog. We will be agvocating and telling the stories that we would share with our sisters or our girlfriends at the kitchen table.

We will also have the opportunity to get together soon and the day will include chocolate, a photo shoot, a discussion about the issues we wish to address and…well, more chocolate.

You’ll be hearing more soon from The Real Farmwives of Colorado! If you’re interested in being a part of the Farmwife Project, please email me at for more information.

Rental Pigs

As an agriculture teacher, I get a number of requests throughout the course of the day. Last night, I answered a phone call and heard the sweet and slightly desperate voice of Patty.

Patty, a middle school teacher in Colorado Springs, organized a food drive at her school and the main attraction at the all-school assembly was a Kiss a Pig contest. She told me she had no idea it would be so difficult to locate a pig for said contest and someone had given her our phone number after a string of odd and unproductive phone calls.
She was desperate and I tried not to chuckle when she offered to “pay the pig for his or her time”.

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Annual Meeting Pumpkin

CFB Communications Director Shawn Martini spent some time yesterday livening up the home office by carving the 2010 Annual Meeting logo into a pumpkin!

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CDA Hosts “AgriCultural” Photo Contest

From an eastern plains cornfield under a stormy sky to a line of bikes parked in a western slope vineyard, Colorado agriculture is easily captured in pictures. The 13th annual “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate Colorado agriculture.

“Since the contest began in 1998, we’ve received hundreds of photographs representing every aspect of agriculture in the state, and it is always exciting to see the diversity of Colorado agriculture depicted in contest entries,” said Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp. “This annual photo contest not only celebrates the splendor of Colorado agriculture, but also its importance to the state’s economy.”

Entries must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Agriculture with an official entry form by December 31, 2010. All photographs must be taken in the 2010 calendar year and must relate to Colorado agriculture in some way. Prizes will be awarded in four subject areas: agritourism, crops, livestock and people.

Judging will be based on theme, creativity and technical quality. The photographer whose picture best depicts the “spirit” of Colorado agriculture will receive a $150 gift card, and category winners will receive a “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” prize pack. All winning photographs will be displayed in the Beede-Hamil Agriculture Building at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.


#78 Farm American Chevrolet Makes Debut Run at IMS

#78 waiting for inspections

Inspection and mock-qualifying day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway found the #78 Farm American Chevrolet on the track for the very first time. The car was a little loose in the rear but still finished 20th in pre-qualification. The design was a hit with the crews and definitely stood out against the other cars on the track.

“We just want to help reconnect rural and urban America,” said driver Regan Smith in an interview with SPEED TV.

These soy-based degreasers are used all over in the Furniture Row shop and hauler.

The car will be on the track tomorrow for its qualifying laps. It currently sits 35th in the lineup to qualify.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest

A member of one of the All Aboard Wheat Harvest crews cuts wheat near Limon.

The Colorado wheat harvest is in full swing. If you need proof, just ask one of the many custom harvesters that are cutting across the eastern slope, gobbling up ripe wheat at breakneck speed. The High Plains Journal has a great blog, All Aboard 2010 Wheat Harvest. The blog follows the adventures of three custom cutting crews as they make their way from Texas to North Dakota this summer.

Two of the crews just made it to Colorado. Last night found the Zeorian crew in Limon, and the Sammons crew in Kanorado.

Take a look at All Aboard Wheat Harvest and follow the crews as they continue the harvest season from Colorado north.

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