Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) board member Kenny Helling was in Denver this week for a meeting among state officials and agriculture representatives, to explain what he and other farmers are doing to implement best management practices on their operations, and also to talk about his involvement in the Early Warning System.
The Early Warning System, currently in its test phase, alerts ag producers to weather conditions that could potentially carry nitrogen from ag operations into Rocky Mountain National Park. Nitrogen emissions that make their way to Rocky Mountain National Park come from an array of sources, but the Early Warning System represents a proactive step the agriculture industry is taking in order to reduce its impact.
Those in attendance at Thursday’s Rocky Mountain National Park Ag Subcommittee meeting included officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and National Parks Service, among others.
Kenny, a Yuma County farmer, serves as the CCAC Regulatory Affairs Task Force co-chair. Colorado Corn Executive Director Mark Sponsler was also among those in attendance Thursday representing the ag industry.
Who is Colorado Corn?
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association.
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors.
The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general.
See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.