Strengthening the Creative Economy

One-in-three entrepreneurs in West Virginia makes a living within the creative sector, but faces challenges such as access to affordable office space, internet, equipment, and training. West Virginia State University’s Economic Development Center serves over 3,000 clients annually with a co-working space, meeting/office space, a digital conferencing center, and voice and video production studios.

Coffeyville Team Roping Heeler Credits Partnerships As Big Part Of Eighth National Finals Rodeo Qualification

Partnerships are credited as a key part of the successes of professional team roping heeler Jake Long of Coffeyville.

Headed to his eighth National Finals Rodeo (NFR) at Las Vegas, December 6-15, Long insists it’s a three-way partnership.

Of course, first comes family including wife Tasha, who he married in 2005, and their daughters Haven, seven, and Haizlee, six.

It’ll be the eighth year Jake Long of Coffeyville has competed at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. He’ll be heeling for Luke Brown in the 10-rounds, December 6-15.

Impossible to be a team roper without a partner and Long appreciates his header Luke Brown, Rock Hill, South Carolina.

They’ve partnered at every 2018 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) yearend point competition each collecting $83,102.

Long is ninth in the Top 15 heeler list, and Brown came in 10th among headers.

Long’s four-legged partner is likely to go down in team roping history as one of the greatest horses ever. For the third year in a row, Zans Colonel Shine has been named the top PRCA Heeling Horse.

The award is presented by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). It’s the first time the same heeling horse and owner have been honored three consecutive years.

 The sorrel gelding called Colonel for short has made a huge impact on Long’s roping career. Owned by Long and his wife, Colonel has become part of the family, especially a favorite of Long’s daughters.

Now 14, Colonel was purchased as a six-year-old from Dixon Flowers Performance Horses in 2010. He was sired by Zans Diamond Shine and is out of Foxy Angelo by Col J Jigger.

Jake Long, Coffeyville, shows championship form on Zans Colonel Shine honored as the top heeling horse in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for the third consecutive year.

Honored earlier as an AQHA yearend high-point heeling horse, Long recognized Colonel’s ability.  

The first couple of years, Long was riding another horse, “Mikey.” So, he took Colonel along and gave him time to get used to the rodeo life.

Colonel helped Long qualify for the NFR in 2014 and 2015 where he roped with Coleman Proctor. This is the third season Long has roped with Brown.

At last year’s NFR, Long and Colonel more than doubled their regular-season earnings, placing fourth in yearend standings.

Since Colonel has been his horse partner, the lowest Long has finished in the world standings is sixth.

 “He’s big, strong, fast, and solid, doesn’t make any mistakes, and is a real blessing,” Long credited.

This year, Long and Brown won the team roping at rodeos in Prescott, Arizona; Caldwell, Idaho; and Douglas, Wyoming.

Both Long and his wife have degrees from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.

Long’s parents Cricket Long, a rancher, and Pam Weatherby, a teacher, competed in amateur rodeos, and Long followed family tradition.

Six-feet-tall, 205-pounds, Long did limited tie down calf roping during school days, but he sticks to team roping now. “I’ve done some heading. I can rope either end, but I’m really a heeler. I’ve mainly heeled,” he said.

Joining the PRCA in 2003, Long has nearly $1.4 million in professional rodeo arenas.

“Rodeo is a great life, and to have the success makes it even better. I’m really fortunate to be living my dream,” Long said.


Nebraska Power Farming Show This Week In Lincoln, Nebraska

The second largest indoor farm show in the United States is scheduled December 4-6 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

 Spread across 9.2 acres, the 12th annual Nebraska Power Farming Show features the broadest mix of ag-related products and services in the Midwest.

“The Nebraska Power Farming Show is an agricultural megastore,” said Tom Junge, show director.

A total of 790 companies will have displays at the Nebraska Power Farming Show, December 4-6, at the Lancaster Event Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.

“With 790 companies on hand representing 60 product and service categories, farmers and ranchers will find everything they need to increase profits, lower input costs and improve productivity,” said Cindy Feldman, marketing director of the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association (INEDA).

The Nebraska Power Farming Show is produced by the INEDA in conjunction with local Nebraska and Iowa farm equipment dealerships.

More than half of the Nebraska Power Farming Show exhibitors don’t participate in the nearest outdoor show, according to Feldman.

 “This may be your only chance to see them in Kansas or Nebraska,” Junge said.

Nearly 100 companies are also new to the Nebraska Power Farming Show this year.

A special new attraction is an Ag Innovation Pitch Competition Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 5, at 2 o’clock in Pavilion 2 East.

“Listen to six ag tech start-ups ‘pitch’ their latest ideas to help producers manage their operations more effectively,” Feldman invited. A $20,000 grand prize and a $5,000 People’s Choice will be awarded.

 New to the Midwest, Yamaha’s RMAX, an unmanned copter sprayer, will be displayed throughout the show in the Pavilion 3 café.

Parking and admission for the Nebraska Power Farming Show at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln are free.

Show hours are 8:30, to 4:30, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8:30, to 3 o’clock on Thursday.

“This will be a great farm show. See you there,” Feldman welcomed

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Penn State Extension Program for Beginning Farmers Wins National Accolades

Those concerns prompted the creation of a Penn State Extension project aimed at supporting the next generation of farmers -- "Supporting Pennsylvania Farmers in the Start-Up, Re-strategizing and Establishing Years" -- an initiative that recently received an award for excellence from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents during its annual conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Bayer to Sell Animal Health Unit

Bayer AG has announced it will exit the animal health business. In a press call Thursday, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann announced that the company would sell its animal health unit, along with consumer brands Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s. The move includes the reduction of 12,000 jobs, globally. Baumann says of the portfolio changes that the decisions “were not made necessary by the recent acquisition. And, certainly not by glyphosate litigation in the United States,” referring to the acquisition of Monsanto that closed earlier this fall. Bayer stock has fallen more than 35 percent in the last year. Bayer Animal Health consists of nearly a dozen product lines for pets and farm animals, including the antibiotic Baytril. The North America unit of Bayer Animal Health is located in Shawnee, Kansas, part of so-called Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

Farm Bill Agreement in Principle


An agreement in principle on the farm bill brings the legislation closer to completion, with hopes remaining that Congress can finish the bill this year. The so-called big four of the conference committee announced the agreement Thursday morning. Leaders of the farm bill conference committee, Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow, along with Representatives Mike Conaway and Collin Peterson, now wait for cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, along with finalizing language. Before the bill is completed, the conference report must be finalized, and both chambers of Congress must pass the bill by the end of the year. Both the House and Senate plan to adjourn in mid-December, wrapping up a busy lame-duck session. The bill is not expected to include strict work requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to Politico. Lawmakers also confirmed this week requested last-hour changes to the forestry title by the Trump administration will not be included. However, Stabenow suggested those measures be considered outside of the farm bill during the lame-duck session.