Make Plans to Attend the CFB Womens Leadership Conference

We have an awesome program planned for the CFB Women’s Leadership Conference March 31 – April 2 in Glenwood Springs. Practical workshops in social media, managing and sharing photos online, how to tell Ag’s story, USDA programs, Ag in the classroom programs and more! We’ll also have “Fun-Shops” on scrapbooking, controlling clutter, women’s fitness, container gardening and more! Great Keynote speakers, such as American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Vice Chair, Sherry Saylor from Arizona! Only $40 to register. Contact pkenny@colofb.com or any of the administrators listed below.

You are invited to the Women’s Conference in Glenwood Springs, CO. There will be speakers on becoming better ‘Ag-vocates’ for agriculture, workshops to help you run your business and personal life and “funshops”,- learning and sharing with other women in agriculture.

Plan a family vacation to Glenwood and the Hot Springs! Join us for fun, fellowship and educational workshops! Enjoy a tour of a local farm operation and enjoy dinner sponsored by Garfield County Farm Bureau.

An optional tour on Saturday, April 2nd includes a ride on the gondola, followed by lunch and a tour of Glenwood caverns.

Registration is $40 and includes most meals; Optional tour is $25; Hotel $98/night double room (CFB will reimburse one night) Reservations are due March 1st and Conference registration is due by March 20th.

Questions or need a registration form? contact Patty Kenny, pkenny@colofb.com, 303-749-7506; Maurine Rettig, mmrettig@bigdoghsi.com, 970-434-4128; Susan Leach, SusanLeach@esrta.com, 719-6-768-3266 or Beth Jones, jonesfrm@amigo.net, 719-588-4499

The Argument for Ag Ed: Of Mohawks and Welding Helmets

More and more kids with mohawks have been signing up for my ag classes lately. Most of them want to learn to weld and I’m all for it.

When we returned to school after the break, we returned to the welding shop and my newest student, the one with the mohawk, began to learn to weld. He joined another student who was not your traditional ag student who was happily melded into the group. One afternoon, I overheard the two in the shop. Continue reading

From the FarmWife Project: Wrong Robin, Rachel Vermillion

Robin Halley is one of my favorite people. I’ve known him since heck was a pup. He knows hogs. He raises livestock and spends much of his time, as we do, at livestock shows.

Robin Burgher is my step sister. She is an accountant and lives in New York City. She likes Macy’s and Sacks Fifth Avenue. She does not raise hogs but I still like her.

I tell you that so I can tell you this.

I typed out a text asking a question about castrating hogs. I can’t recall the exact wording but it mentioned the words, “castration”, “testicles”, and maybe even “damn”.

I found Robin’s name on my cell and hit send. I looked down and saw which Robin was about to receive my juicy question. Wrong Robin!

I think I hit cancel quickly enough but if the message still went through to it’s unintended recipient, I’m sure it will make for good dinner conversation in the Big Apple.

Beets

The windows are broken and the inside of the old house is cold and windy. The calendar is still on the wall, turned to February, 1982.

After a nasty blizzard and the subsequent troubles that befell the hog operation, Jason’s uncle left the farm…locking the door behind him. Continue reading

From the FarmWife Project: Hockey, anyone?, Jean Meinzer

I figure when it’s cold outside and we’re facing daunting chores such as chopping ice half of the morning, we might as well enjoy it. I like to “become one” with the ice, so to speak. It takes my mind off the sore muscles I know I can expect later that night and off of the seemingly unending striations of ice I have to chop through before I see the “liquid silver” (water).

Joe, the goalie, celebrates a block.

            So a few days ago, I thought I’d try my hand at ice hockey. I’ve never been much of an ice skater—my ankles can’t handle the stress of standing on a thin blade while I’m sliding down a sheet of ice at autobahn speed. I love watching ice hockey and my husband and I even attend games at the Air Force Academy when we get the chance. Continue reading

Lincoln County Producers’ Sale

The Lincoln County Producers’ Sale will be Sunday, March 27. If you’re looking to purchase a lamb, goat, or hog, don’t miss this sale!

Viewing will begin at 1 p.m., sale at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Hugo.

Livestock from Hannah Clark, Taylor Livestock, Vermillion Farms and more!

For more information, call Jason at 719-510-5178 or email Rachel at rachel@lincolncountyfb.com.

From the FarmWife Project: Ranch House Romance, Jessica Waite

Just a few weeks ago, Abe was complaining about his bedroom being “colder than a well diggers a**,” and that he couldn’t sleep. So me being the great fiancé I try to be, I took the time to hang curtains up in our bedroom. I used very heavy curtains and doubled them up, the next morning it was SO warm and he was very tickled with it. But, of course there was something else… we had overslept an hour and a half because of the darkness from the new curtains! Continue reading

From the FarmWife Project: Planners, calves, and the grumpies, Amy Vice

My husband is a planner.  And everything must go according to plan.  If not, I deal with a grumpy husband.  For as often as his plans change unexpectedly, you would think he might have learned to be more flexible.  Not so much.  Sigh.  I however, have learned to deal with the grumpies.  Most days.

In December of 2001 we were asked if we would like to buy an older friend’s last 8 cows and their calves.  They were registered Red Angus, big beautiful cows.  Their calves Red Angus-Hereford cross.  The calves were currently in a feedlot and had been since they were weaned.  We chose to buy the 8 cows and heifer calves.  We planned to raise the calves to add to our herd.  We were told the cows were due to calve at the end of February.  Continue reading