08-04-16 Colorado Corn district meetings taking place this month throughout NE Colorado…

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Colorado Corn district meetings taking place this month throughout northeast Colorado

Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage farmers and any others interested to attend our upcoming district meetings, where attendees will hear updates about the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), as well as issues impacting the industry.

No RSVP needed.

During these meetings, 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. After various efforts by the Colorado Corn Growers Association and other groups, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) distributed updated ARC-CO payments to farmers in Adams, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties. However, farmers elsewhere haven’t been notified of such action, and are following through with an appeals process.

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

Wednesday, Aug. 10 – District 4 (Holyoke)

Lunch and meeting begin at noon.

Meal will be provided.

Biesemeier Room at the Phillips County Event Center (22505 U.S. Highway 385)

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

Wednesday, Aug. 10 – District 3 (Sterling)

Dinner and meeting begin at 7 p.m.

Meal will be provided.

The Plainsman Grill (17408 Colorado Highway 14)

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

Tuesday, Aug. 16 – District 6 (Stratton)

Dinner and meeting begin at 7 p.m.

Meal will be provided.

The Claremont Inn (800 Claremont Drive)

Open Position:

* CCGA Director (currently held by Bruce Unruh, who is eligible for a second term)

District Area: Cheyenne, Kit Carson and Washington counties

Wednesday, Aug. 17 – District 5 (Yuma)

This meeting will be held in conjunction with the IRF Farm Show.

Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The Irrigation Research Farm (40161 Colorado Highway 59)

Open Position:

* CCGA Director (currently held by Aaron Frank, who is eligible for a second term)

District Area: Yuma County

Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Districts 1-2 (Fort Collins)

Dinner and meeting begin at 7 p.m.

Meal will be provided.

CoBank Center for Ag Education (4492 E. County Road 56)

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

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

Submitted to The BARN by:

Eric Brown, (970) 351-8201, ebrown@coloradocorn.com