Colorado Farm Show 2021 Scholarship Recipients

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2021 Special Edition Colorado Farm Show Written by Keith Maxey CFS Education Chair


elcome to this special edition celebrating 2021 Colorado Farm Show scholarship recipients. In what would have been the Show’s 56th year, the board of directors made the difficult decision to cancel their annual event; however, they enthusiastically elected to continue and fully fund the scholarship program! And so, it is with great pride that the Farm Show introduces you to 12 of the top young individuals across the state who are receiving 2021 Colorado Farm Show scholarships. From Meeker to Yuma to Rocky Ford and places in between, this year’s recipients represent a diversity in geographic location throughout the State. All students have a deep and well-rounded background including 4-H, FFA, school, and community activities. They each have expressed their passion for agriculture in unique ways and are looking forward to continuing their education to reach their goals of a career in the agricultural industry.

Through the scholarship program, the Farm Show remains true to its roots and mission, which is “to promote and support agriculture throughout the State of Colorado through educational seminars, exhibits, trade show, exchange programs, scholarships and any other method available to assist in obtaining this goal.” According to George Washington Carver, American agricultural scientist and inventor, “Education is the key that unlocks the golden door to freedom.” Carver, who obtained a master’s degree in agricultural science from Iowa State University, is credited with developing concepts about crop rotation and even invented a mobile (horse-drawn) classroom used to demonstrate soil chemistry to producers. The Farm Show congratulates our 2021 scholarship recipients and hopes that these scholarships will indeed help unlock the golden door to freedom and future success for these 12 individuals.

A sincere thank-you to those entities who helped sponsor this publication. The Farm Show appreciates their support – which amounts to an expression the ag community pulling together during challenging times.


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A brief explanation of all of the scholarships awarded through the Colorado Farm Show. Chuck Urano Memorial • • •

Established in 1992 to honor the late founder of the Colorado Farm Show. Chuck was a long-time Extension Agent with Weld County Extension Up to six, $2000 scholarships awarded It is designed to recognize 4-H and FFA students that have been active in their respective programs, communities, and excel in the classroom

Carl Luther Vo-Tech Memorial • • •

Initiated in 2011 to honor the late Carl Luther, a long time exhibitor and supporter of the Colorado Farm Show. Up to two, $2000 scholarships awarded Awarded to graduating High School Seniors pursuing a degree in an Agricultural Vo-Tech related field of study

Secondary Scholarship • • •

Created in 2016 Up to two, $1500 scholarships awarded Awarded to past CFS Scholarship winners who are currently pursuing their secondary education in an Agricultural or Vo-Tech field of study at an accredited College, University, or Vo-Tech school

Rolling Scholarship • • • •

Started in 2016 Up to two, four-year, $1000/year, renewable scholarships ($4000 value) awarded Similar to the Urano scholarships, it is designed to recognize 4-H and FFA students that have been active in their respective programs, communities, and excel in the classroom Winners must reapply each year and show a continued involvement and commitment to Agriculture along with academic success

Friend Scholarship (no qualifying applicants this year) • •

Awarded to graduating High School Seniors who have volunteered or have a family member that has volunteered or contributed their time to the Colorado Farm Show This $1000 scholarship can be awarded to as many students as needed in a given year

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2021 Colorado Farm Show Scholarship Winners Brochure Special Edition Written by Kate Greenberg Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture


he obstacles--and the opportunities--we face in agriculture are many. While 2020 has brought new hardship, much of what we’re up against was here before the pandemic and will be here after. From frighteningly low commodity prices to trade disruptions; from massive statewide drought and the largest wildfires on record to troubled mental health, we as an ag community have many challenges to tackle. As decisions get made, agriculture needs to be at the table. That’s what the 300 employees of the Colorado Department of Agriculture do everyday. In helping advance agriculture, protect consumers, and ensure sound stewardship of the natural world, we build a seat for ag at all the tables we can. To the winners of this years’ Colorado Farm Show scholarships, there are many tables where your voice will need to be heard, and plenty of challenges for you to help tackle.

strength that lies in the myriad people, perspectives, career choices, and ways to be part of agriculture. As our world population continues to grow, more and more people will come to rely on agriculture. It is so important that we build bridges so that more consumers know the people and places behind their food. For every generation, meeting the challenges of the moment requires courage, tenacity, and kindness of heart. These qualities make room for all under the umbrella of wise leadership. To the recipients of this years’ scholarship awards, I wish you all of this and more. The world needs your vision, your capacity for compassion, and your willingness to always keep learning. Let’s continue to find ways to be at the table. We believe in you, and our potential is immense when we work together.

For example, rural Colorado needs you. These communities across our state are struggling. Whether it’s finding ways to keep mainstreets alive, spur economic opportunities for the next generation, or ensure access to basic services like broadband and healthcare, there are steep hills to climb. Each and every one of us relies on rural Colorado. That is true if rural is in our bones, or if we’ve never stepped foot on a farm or ranch. Because each one of us eats; each one of us values clean air and water; each one of us can enjoy the beauty of open space made so by the presence of agriculture. One essential tool we have for tackling these problems is the inherent diversity of agriculture. This is a place of strength-

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Ema Richardson Ema Richardson hopes to study Ag Business or Finance at either Texas Tech University or Oklahoma State University following her graduation from Yuma High School. She is a 10-year member of the Pleasant Valley Hustlers 4-H Club where she has served as President for two years. Ema is a five-sport athlete (basketball, volleyball, softball, track & field, golf) earning all-conference honors in three sports and All-State honorable mention in basketball. She is a four-year member of Yuma FFA and is active in Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Student Council and Science Club. Ema says that being involved in the agricultural industry has taught her responsibility and how to have a great work ethic. After her post-secondary schooling, Ema plans to find a career in the agricultural industry that gives her the opportunity to support and encourage others. Her parents are Ruben and Tina Richardson from Yuma.

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Jed Sidwell Jed Sidwell will graduate from Platte Valley High School in Kersey and intends to pursue a degree in either Agricultural Economics or Agricultural Business & Management. He is an 11-year member in 4-H and has had success on the local, state, and national levels exhibiting market lambs and steers. Twice he earned market lamb Premier Exhibitor at the National Western Stock Show. Jed states that his experience on the Weld County Livestock Judging team that recently competed at the national contest at the American Royal has given him the skills and opportunity to be a face to the public for agriculture. Jed has been part of FFA for six years and earned a national silver pin while helping his chapter be recognized as one of the top eight programs in the country. He is an avid wrestler and was a state-qualifier this past year. Jed has completed many community-service projects through school, 4-H, and his church. His parents are Casey and Clint Sidwell from Gill.

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Charles Graybill Charles “George” Graybill attends Weld Central High School in Keenesburg and will study Agricultural Business following his graduation. George wants to be a farmer and rancher and already has a sweet corn business and his own cattle herd. He believes that a business degree will give him the tools and techniques to be a better businessman and more successful in developing his markets. He is a 10-year member of the Prospectors 4-H Club and a 4-year member of Weld Central FFA where he held several office positions, including President. While he has considered other careers, George says that “no other career is more fun, challenging, and meaningful than agriculture.” In high school he competed in football, basketball, and track & field. He competed in the state championship track meet his sophomore year, placing sixth in discus. His parents are Gerald and Kelly Graybill from Keenesburg.

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Morgan Barba Morgan Barba thought she had her future all planned out and then Covid-19 happened. Her decision to participate in an informative speech contest during a safer-at-home order led her to discover the field of agronomy. Now, after graduation from Prairie View High School in Brighton, she plans to attend Fort Hays State University in Kansas to study Agronomy and Agribusiness. Morgan is an active 10-year member of the Purple Circle 4-H Club and is currently vice-president of the Colorado 4-H State Officer Team. She has won numerous awards including being recognized as the Premier Exhibitor for Rabbit, Poultry, Goat, and Sheep at the Adams County Fair. At the Colorado State Fair, she is a seven-time individual champion for rabbit judging. She is a National Honor Society member and runs track and cross-country in high school. Morgan’s parents are Jonathan and Sarah Barba from Henderson.

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Niquole Knapp Niquole Knapp is a two-sport athlete (basketball and softball) and a member of Future Business Leaders of America and National Honor Society at Rocky Ford High School. She plans to attend Colorado State University to major in Animal Science with hopes of pursuing a career as a bovine and equine breeding specialist. Niquole shares that she wants to know what makes good quality beef wholesome for consumers, beneficial for producers, and not detrimental for either’s pockets in the process. To help reach her goal, she has been certified in Beef Quality Assurance and earned certification from Elanco in the fundamentals of animal science. She is currently pursuing a second certification from Elanco for veterinary medical applications. Niquole is a 5-year member of the Sand & Sage 4-H Club, and 4-year member of Rocky Ford FFA. Her parents are Nicholas Knapp and Kally Corsair from Rocky Ford.

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Tristin Niccoli Tristin Niccoli attends Arickaree High School with plans to attend the Oklahoma Panhandle State University to major in Livestock Production. He has competitively shown livestock for 10 years on a local, state, and national level while part of the Arickaree Tumbleweeds 4-H and Arickaree FFA. School activities include National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, Science Fair and varsity basketball and football for the past four years. He has held numerous leadership positions, including the office of president with his 4-H club, FFA chapter, and Student Council. Tristin speaks of honesty, integrity, and work ethic and says that his efforts and accomplishments will reflect his pride in, and passion for, agriculture and the livestock industry. His parents are Justin and Linda Niccoli from Joes.

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tudents enrolled in Agricultural Education courses across our state are preparing for the future of agriculture! There are approximately 6700 students enrolled in 130 Agricultural Education Programs across Colorado. The majority of these students have career objectives to serve the agriculture industry.

Career opportunities in agriculture look a lot different today than when I enrolled in Vocational Agriculture several decades ago. The focus then was to prepare students for production agriculture (Cows and Plows). Ag Programs focused on classroom instruction, ag mechanics and Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs to encourage students to return to the farm or ranch. Most all students were raised on a farm or ranch and had a background in agriculture. Today we have Ag Ed Programs in the urban areas with many students that have had no real background in agriculture, simply an interest in the industry! Although production is still the backbone of agriculture, there are many more opportunities for our students. We still stress the importance of producing quality crops and livestock, but provide training and opportunities in other career pathways. These career pathways provide services to the production agriculture industry as well as preparing our commodities to meet the needs and desires of our consumers; careers to protect nature and the environment we all want to live in safely; careers to inform the general public about agriculture! With the onset of Covid, there have been changes in our Education systems as well. Some ag programs across the state are providing instruction face to face while others are delivering instruction virtually via the use of technology. Technology that didn’t exist a few years ago. Technology that most of us were not trained in.

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Just as our educational system relies on technology, so does the agriculture industry. Our students (future agriculture industry leaders) must have those skills to succeed and adapt as well. Just as we give them opportunities to develop and learn in our programs, so has the

Colorado Farm Show through their scholarship programs. The scholarship program CVATA President and Agricultural Education Instructor assists students to pursue further educational training in agriculture. Take a look at the career choices these students have chosen. Careers far different than simply at Wiggins High School “Cows and Plows”!

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Jayci Mekelberg Jayci Mekelburg is the daughter of BJ and Jill Mekelburg from Eckley. She attends Yuma High School with plans to attend West Texas A&M University and study Agricultural Business and Economics with hopes of developing a career as an Agriculture Financial Analyst. Jayci has been involved in 4-H for eight years and FFA for four years. During her 4-H and FFA career, she exhibited market goats and won numerous awards at Yuma County Fair and had the Champion Lightweight Market Goat at the Colorado State Fair. She has participated in the Masters of Beef Advocacy class and Youth Beef Leadership Program. Jayci says her involvement in the agricultural industry taught her about ownership, accountability, and how to properly do business with others. While in school, Jayci has been involved in Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, volleyball and golf.

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Kaley Pieper Kaley Pieper is a senior at Fowler High School. She plans to attend Casper College, majoring in Agriculture Communications and Animal Science, in order to pursue a career as a communication specialist for agriculture, preferably in the swine industry. She envisions using her skills in public speaking to communicate new ideas about agriculture. Kaley is a four-year member of the Fowler FFA chapter and in her second year as chapter President. She also been president, or co-president, of Student Council, Try Random Acts of Kindness Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She participated in volleyball, basketball, Future Business Leaders of America, and Knowledge Bowl. Kaley’s 10-year involvement in 4-H includes exhibiting swine and participation in livestock judging where she was named to the Colorado 4-H All-State judging team for three years. Her parents are Jody and Amy Pieper from Fowler.

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EDUCATION IS KEY TO THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE! Written by Sharon Pattee - Executive Director Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association


he Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association was formed as a Colorado non-profit and non-political organization, whose mission centered on advocating for Colorado’s agricultural network, by men and women who were directly involved in our state’s agricultural education and livelihoods. For over 50 years, the CYFEA has been on the frontline promoting and developing effective youth and adult post-secondary education and leadership opportunities within the field of agriculture. The CYFEA’s long running partnership with the Colorado Farm Show, primarily on “Ag Education Day” each year, has included a minimum of three Ag related informational workshops. Also, the CYFEA hosts a live “Tractor Hours” auction that happens at noon on that designated day for the purpose of raising academic scholarship award funding. During the 2019 CO Farm Show, with the generous promotional and equipment contributions of 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere, the CYFEA was successful in raising specific funds for its annual Academic Scholarship Program. Six lots of 25 hours of equipment time were auctioned off with the talent of Auctioneers Miller Associates, netting over $14,000. All of the proceeds will assist five of Colorado’s college bound students majoring in Ag Education or an Ag related field of study for the 2020-2021 academic school year. This yearly scholarship award program recognizes academically superior students that exhibit involvement in local and state community organizations, as well as promising leadership ability in agriculture. The five students selected to receive the CYFEA’s 2020 – 2021 academic awards were: Senior CSU – Carissa Ann Weber, Windsor CO; Junior CSU – Brittany Fetzer, Fort Collins CO; Sophomore NJC – Kirsten Wood, Weldona CO; Freshman NJC – Tyler Schneider, Cope CO; and Freshman NJC – Garrett Fritzler, Fort Morgan CO. The 2020 CYFEA Board of Directors wishes to congratulate each of these deserving winners!

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Austin Hays Austin Hays will pursue a career in Ag Mechanics by attending the John Deere Ag Tech Program at Garden City Community College after graduating from Eaton High School. He is a 10-year member of the Wyatt 4-H club, and 4-year member of Eaton FFA. He has participated in Market Lamb and Shooting Sports projects while in 4-H, as well as several community service activities. He attained his love for ag mechanics as a Sophomore when his teacher asked him to join the Ag Mechanics team before the state competition. He was selected the captain of the team his Junior year. Austin says his two favorite classes were Welding and Fabrication and has used his skills to build various projects. Austin’s parents are Michael and Michelle Hays from Eaton.

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Reid Grimes Reid Grimes wants to become a Diesel Mechanic/Technician specializing in both semi-trucks and agricultural vehicles following his graduation from Windsor High School. He wants to earn an associate degree and then apply for the John Deere mechanics program. Reid is a seven-year member of the Boedecker Bunch 4-H club where he served as the club’s Reporter/Historian and participated in various club community service activities. He is a four-year member of Windsor FFA. Reid worked for Meadow Green Farm in Longmont and M&M Farms in Berthoud and credits those experiences with teaching him the value of hard work. His parents are Chad Grimes and Kimberly Fajt.

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Kirsten Wood Kirsten Wood is a Sophomore at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, majoring in Ag Business. She is the daughter of Donald and Kathy Wood from Weldona. Kirsten graduated from Weldon Valley High School and was active in FFA and 4-H, contributing more than 200 hours of her time to community service activities. She held several leadership positions in 4-H and FFA, including President. Kirsten won numerous Morgan County and Colorado State Fair grand and reserve grand champion awards with her horse, artistic clothing, and dog projects. At NJC, she is active in the collegiate Farm Bureau, Ranch Horse Team, and Aggies Club. After NJC, she plans to continue her education and pursue a bachelor’s degree. Kirsten was previously awarded the Farm Show’s Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship in 2019, and the Secondary Scholarship in 2020.

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Macy Collins Macy Collins is a Junior at the University of Wyoming, transferring after two years at Hutchinson Community College. She is majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Ag Communications. While in college, Macy has participated in the Block and Bridle Club, Junior Farm Bureau, and Livestock Judging. She also had an internship at the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City. Macy is a graduate of Meeker High School where she was active in FFA and participated in numerous speaking and judging contest and held several officer positions. As a 10-year 4-H member, she showed cattle, sheep, goats and dogs. Macy was previously awarded the Farm Show’s Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship in 2018. Her parents are Lex and Kathy Collins from Meeker.

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n behalf of Colorado State University, congratulations to the 2021 Colorado Farm Show scholarship recipients! Thanks to the Colorado Farm Show for supporting Colorado Agriculture and tomorrow’s leaders. The biographies of the scholarship recipients are impressive, aren’t they? These are talented young individuals committed to serving agriculture. A scholarship serves an immediate need by reducing the costs of pursuing knowledge and wisdom, but perhaps more importantly, a scholarship affirms the talent that these students possess and their goals for the future. These scholarships are tangible proof that we believe in them, and that we stand alongside them. Scholarship recipients, we need you. We need your service and leadership in a complex, dynamic agriculture. Agriculture’s future is driven by factors not entirely within our control: a growing population, a changing climate, the evolving preferences of consumers and a more demanding food industry. Technological innovation and rapid adoption are the norm, and it is our challenge to invest wisely in innovation that assures an abundant and resilient agriculture. Global events and demands create opportunities for which we need be prepared. Public policy can be disruptive, and we need to join in policy discussions informing the public with sound reasoning, science and understanding. Agriculture is the place for students like those receiving these scholarships. We need farmers and ranchers, and also agribusiness managers, scientists, lenders, and lawyers. We need those who are excited to be data analysts, agricultural engineers, and innovators, as well as those who can contribute to a community’s wellness and prosperity. Agriculture needs those who will ensure a safe, secure, and sustainable food supply while guaranteeing wise stewardship of our natural resources. We need advocates, communicators, and growers of the agricultural brand. In the College of Agricultural Sciences, (CAS) we believe in the mantra Come to the Table. It underscores the commitment that all are welcome in agriculture, and also the commitment of a highly engaged land grant university catalyzing and creating opportunities. CAS Comes to the Table for our students by giving them the tools needed to succeed. What sets CAS apart is its focus on experiential learning, cutting edge science, integrating the real world with the technology of tomorrow and opportunities for success and leadership in an increasingly complex industry. Together, we do work that matters. Serving others is our mission.

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The vast majority of the 2,000+ CAS students graduate with an internship experience, and nearly all find employment or additional educational opportunities when they graduate. Like the Colorado Farm Show, we affirm the goals and talents of our students with scholarships, and next year we will give 440 scholarships totaling $1 million. More details at https:// scholarships/.

to all 12 of the Scholarship recipients! Your future is bright!

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Congratulations to the 2021 Colorado Farm Show scholarship recipients and the bright promise of tomorrow’s agriculture. Welcome to the table.


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he Colorado FFA Foundation’s Local Teacher Success program has just received the most significant shot-in-the-arm the Foundation has ever enjoyed. The Dr. Noel Barrett Shuler Foundation signed on to endow the program with a guaranteed portion and a $500,000 matching gift. “Dr. Schuler had a love of agriculture,” said Don Thorn, executive director of the Colorado FFA Foundation. “He had a beloved ranch near Walsenburg, and he really had a strong appreciation for education. The advisors to the Shuler Foundation loved that our Local Teacher Success program has a statewide reach, that it has chance to help teachers, but also help students, and prepare more people to know about agriculture.” The LTS is a three-year-old teacher mentoring program that employs two former agricultural educators as LTS Specialists, John Stahley and Emily Rudder Baylie, to work with first- second- and third-year teachers. “There’s so many times that an ag teacher can feel all alone,” said Thorn. “There’s usually another math teacher for a new math teacher to work with, but an ag teacher is usually the only one with that job in the building. But we know that every successful ag program begins with an ag teacher that’s wellsupported, well-respected, confident, and experienced.” The LTS is designed for those experienced specialists to come alongside in whatever capacity necessary with the objectives of increasing teacher retention and developing robust programs that will ultimately lead to improved student engagement and experiences. Pacific Western Bank kicked the matching portion of the Campaign off with an initial gift of $50,000. Colorado FFA Foundation has five years to raise the half-million dollars, at which point the funds will be fully matched by the Shuler Foundation and the LTS program will be fully endowed. The Colorado FFA Foundation’s capital matching campaign will make five-year pledges available for supporters. Additionally, they’re adding an element to their Blue Jacket Society named the Legendary Owls, to nominate and honor exemplary agricultural educators from any state. For more information on how you can help with the LTS capital campaign, reach out to Don Thorn at

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For the first time in its more than 56 year history, the January 2021 Colorado Farm Show Event has been cancelled. The Board voted to keep, fully fund and award the 2021 Scholarship Program. The winners will be recognized at an event at a later date. The Colorado Farm Show has awarded ten high school seniors and two college students a total of $27,000 to help with their higher education goals and expenses: two $4,000 Rolling Scholarships, six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $2,000 Carl Luther Memorial Vo-Tech Scholarships and two $1,500 Secondary Scholarships. Bringing the total scholarship dollars awarded to $289,000. The Colorado Farm Show Board wishes all recipients Good Luck in their future educational paths.

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