Professors help disabled farmers and ranchers

Two CSU professors will continue assisting those who are responsible for feeding millions of Americans every year work through their disabilities and run successful agricultural operations. Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Norm Dalsted and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Robert Fetsch have received a four-year grant of $720,000 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to provide assistance, networking, and educational workshops across Colorado for farmers and producers affected by disabilities. 35090_00043The workshops, part of the Colorado AgrAbility Project, were developed in partnership with CSU Extension and Goodwill Industries of Denver. For the past 16 years, CSU has led the AgrAbility Project and has served 436 clients. Now, with another four-year renewal, the university will have led this program for a full 20 years. “It is often hard to get farmers and producers to admit that they have disabilities such as back and hearing problems, arthritis, and PTSD,” said Dalsted. “That there has been so much interest in these workshops over the years testifies to their continued service to a sizable community.” In addition to working with individuals with physical and emotional disabilities, Dalsted said that the workshops will also target veterans in need of assistance. “We know that we can do more to help veterans who have returned to family farms and businesses. Our outreach will target that group more directly in this grant cycle,” Dalsted said. Those interested in attending the free workshops should contact Candiss Leathers via email or phone at (720) 539-4435 or Norm Dalsted via email or phone at (970) 222-5657. Schedule The AgrAbility Business & Financial Planning workshops will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will include a box lunch for those who pre-register at least one week prior to the workshop. For additional information, individuals can contact local Extension agents. The workshop schedule is:

  • Oct. 30: Steamboat Springs: contact Todd Hagenbuch, (970) 879-0825
  • Nov. 6: Mancos: contact Tom Hooten, (970) 565-3123
  • Nov. 7: Alamosa: contact Marvin Reynolds, (719) 852-7381 ext. 15
  • Jan. 26: Burlington: contact Ron Meyer, (719) 346-5571
  • Jan. 27: Lamar: contact Bruce Fickenscher, (719) 438-5321
  • Feb. 2: Aurora: contact Sheila Gains, (303) 738-7943
  • Feb. 3: Greeley: contact Keith Maxey, (970) 304-6535 ext. 2075
  • Feb. 4: Sterling: contact Bruce Bosley, (970) 522-3200 ext. 285

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Homecoming thriller: Rams' win caps great weekend

[masterslider_pb id="21"] Jared Roberts and the CSU football team made sure Homecoming 2014 will be remembered for a long, long time. Roberts kicked a 46-yard field goal on the game’s final play Saturday night, lifting the Rams (6-1, 201 Mountain West) to a pulsating 16-13 win over Utah State before a delirious overflow crowd of 32,546 at Hughes Stadium. Roberts’ kick capped a furious rally for the Rams, who had not led since midway in the first quarter and appeared to be headed to overtime. Wild finish The Rams, though, didn’t need the extra period. Senior quarterback Garrett Grayson’s 46-yard pass to wide receiver Rashard Higgins to the Utah State 22-yard line with seconds remaining put Roberts in position to kick his third field goal of the game and make the Rams bowl-eligible for the second consecutive season. The rousing victory capped a huge weekend in which CSU celebrated “100 Years of Homecoming.” See how students, alumni and fans celebrated! Highlights included:

  • The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday night.
  •  A ceremony Friday morning renaming West Drive on campus Amy Van Dyken Way.
  • The annual Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, with Amy Van Dyken-Rouen serving as grand marshal.
  • The RamFest concert, featuring Nico & Vinz, on Friday night at Moby Arena.
  •  The Homecoming 5K on Saturday morning, with more than 2,000 runners and walkers participating.
Party on the turf The celebration’s high point came when the football team scored twice in the final two minutes to beat Utah State. After Roberts’ kick perfectly split the uprights, CSU’s student section stormed the field – a sight not seen at Hughes Stadium in more than a decade. “It’s something you dream about, to see the crowd rushing the field,” Roberts said. “I can’t thank the crowd enough for coming out and supporting us. It means the world to us. We want them to be a part of this season with us. We’re 6-1 and we want to represent the university, represent Fort Collins and the alumni, so to put on a good show for the crowd means a lot to us.” CSU's top passer Grayson, who completed 20 of 31 passes for 243 yards, became CSU’s all-time leader in passing with 7,250 yards, moving past Kelly Stouffer, a former first-round NFL draft pick. Stouffer’s record of 7,142 yards had stood for 28 years. On a night when former CSU swimmer and six-time Olympic gold medalist Van Dyken-Rouen was honored for her courage and resilience, the Rams found a way to win despite Utah State’s dominant defense. In the end, CSU made just enough plays on both offense and defense to extend its winning streak to five games – the Rams’ longest since 2002. Border War next The Rams return to action at 5 p.m. Saturday, hosting Border War rival Wyoming. Tickets are on sale, with a second consecutive sellout expected. “The atmosphere was just outstanding, and I can’t praise our fans enough for coming out and supporting a group of guys who won’t say die,” coach Jim McElwain said. “That’s a good football team we just beat; that’s a really good football team we just beat. I’m really proud for our team, our coaches, the organization and the people in the state of Colorado. We’ve got a winner here.”

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