06-23-16 Colorado Corn District 7 meeting set for July 12 in Springfield; NASS data, ARC-CO Program to be key topics of discussion…

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Colorado Corn District 7 meeting set for July 12 in Springfield; NASS data, ARC-CO Program to be key topics of discussion

Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage farmers and any others interested to attend our upcoming District 7 meeting in Springfield, where attendees will hear updates about the two Colorado Corn organizations and issues impacting the industry.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at the Longhorn Steakhouse, located at 400 Main St. Dinner will be provided at the meeting. No RSVP needed.

The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association’s (CCGA) District 7 area includes Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers and Pueblo counties.

During this meeting, Colorado Corn staff will be joined by representatives of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), to discuss producer surveys and the NASS yield and production data used in factoring payments to farmers for certain programs, such as the Agriculture Risk Coverage County Option (ARC-CO) Program.

In recent months, some farmers questioned the accuracy of the county yield data initially used to calculate farmers’ ARC-CO eligibility, stressing some yields appeared too high, which would impact program payments now and in the future. In response, the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) reached out to lawmakers, federal and state officials, held meetings with Colorado producers, and traveled to Washington, D.C., St. Louis and elsewhere to discuss the issue, among other efforts.

In recent weeks, the Farm Service Agency distributed updated ARC-CO program payments to farmers in Adams, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties. However, farmers in other counties where yields have been questioned haven’t yet been notified of any action, and are currently following through with an appeals process in the USDA’s National Appeals Division.

As part of CCGA’s continued efforts regarding this issue, we hope to have constructive conversations at our district meetings this summer.

At our District 7 meeting, the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) will also be holding board member nominations for that district’s CCGA director position – currently held by Jeff Self, who is eligible for a second term.

Below is a schedule for these district meetings, and which board positions are open in each district:

July 12 — District 7 
Dinner at 7 p.m. at Longhorn Steak House, 400 Main St., in Springfield
Open Position
* CCGA Director (currently held by Jeff Self, who is eligible for a second term)
District Area: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers and Pueblo counties
August 10 — District 4
Lunch at noon at the Biesemeier Room at Phillips County Event Center, 22505 U.S.385, in Holyoke
Open Positions:
* CCAC Director (currently held by Greg Larson, who is eligible for a second term)
* CCAC Alternate (currently held by Steve Firme, who is eligible for a second term)
District Area: Phillips and Sedgwick counties
August 10 — District 3 
Dinner at 7 p.m. at the Plainsman Grill, 17408 Colo. 14, in Sterling
Open Positions:
* CCGA Director (currently held by Allyn Wind, who is still eligible for a first term, after assuming his current term)
* CCAC Director and Alternate (both currently vacant)
District Area: Logan and Morgan counties
August 16 — District 6
Dinner at 7 p.m. at the Claremont Inn, 800 Claremont Drive, in Stratton
Open Position:
* CCGA Director (currently held by Bruce Unruh, who is eligible for a second term)
District Area: Cheyenne, Kit Carson and Washington counties
August 17 — District 5
To be held in conjunction with the IRF Farm Show in Yuma (more details to come)
Open Position:
* CCGA Director (currently held by Aaron Frank, who is eligible for a second term)
District Area: Yuma County
August 24 — Districts 1-2 
Dinner to be held in conjunction with Colorado Corn action team, committee and board meetings (more details to come)
Open Positions:
* CCAC Director (currently held by Chris Wagner, who is term-limited)
* CCAC Alternate (currently held by John Sullivan, who is eligible for a second term)
District Area: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Jefferson, Larimer, Lincoln and Weld counties
TBD — District 8 (West Slope)  
No board positions open
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.