07-26-16 Colorado Corn District 4 meeting set for Aug. 10 in Holyoke; NASS data, ARC-CO Program to be key topics of discussion…

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn District 4 meeting set for Aug. 10 in Holyoke; 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 4 meeting in Holyoke, where attendees will hear updates about the two Colorado Corn organizations and issues impacting the industry.

The meeting will take place at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the Biesemeier Room at the Phillips County Event Center, located at 22505 U.S. 385.

Lunch will be provided at the meeting. No RSVP needed.

The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association’s (CCGA) District 4 area includes Phillips and Sedgwick 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 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.

Following these efforts, 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 4 meeting, the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) will also be holding board member nominations for that district’s CCAC director position (currently held by Greg Larson, who is eligible for a second term) and its CCAC alternate position (currently held by Steve Firme, who is eligible for a second term).

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 at www.coloradocorn.com.