Colorado Corn staff, CCGA board member assist with Ag in Classroom’s Summer Institute for teachers
Colorado Corn staff member Melissa Ralston was among those who helped with the 2016 Ag in the Classroom’s Summer Institute, taking place in Yuma, where she educated teachers from across the state on corn production, biotechnology and other aspects of ag.
Additionally, Colorado Corn Growers Association board member and Yuma County farmer Rod Hahn housed some attendees of the Institute while they were in town, including Bette Blinde, the executive director of the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture, who organizes the educational event.
In addition to their efforts, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee supports the Summer Institute by covering tuition for two teachers, understanding the program’s great value. At the Institute, teachers find ways to bring ag into their classrooms; learn about the state’s historic, environmental and economic reliance on the industry; explore non-traditional ag occupations; and spend one-on-one time with farmers and ranchers.
Along with support for the Summer Institute, Colorado Corn and the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture have also teamed up recently to publish the electronic book, “Corn Farmer’s Story,” for fourth- through sixth graders, and publish two editions of the “Colorado Reader” for grade school classrooms around the state — one that focuses on technology in agriculture, and another that focuses specifically on biotechnology.
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee. The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and agriculture in general. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in the state) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. See more about the work of the two organizations atwww.coloradocorn.com.