Colorado Corn making the rounds @ Pedal the Plains, CSU Ag Day, Good Sam Rally…
Colorado Corn staff and board members took part in a whirlwind of activity this past week that, among other action, included posting up an educational stop along the Pedal the Plains bike route.
Now in its fifth year, several hundred riders trekked through southeast Colorado from Sept. 16-18, visiting the host communities of Ordway, Fowler and La Junta, while touring a number of historical and agricultural stops along the way. Colorado Corn and many other ag organizations each year take part, helping sponsor it, and also taking the opportunity to connect with the riders, many of whom come from urban areas.
Troy Schneider (pictured above) — a Cope, Colo., farmer, who serves on the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) board — was one of many producers and industry representatives who took time to engage with the riders, as he and Colorado Corn Communications Director Eric Brown set up at Hirakata Farms near Rocky Ford.
Colorado Corn Market Development Director Melissa Ralston on Saturday attended CSU’s Ag Day, where, in addition to her presence, she provided corn-made, biodegradable plates for the day’s meal, and had one of the organization’s biofuel and ag-promoting vehicles on site. This event has grown to draw some 3,500 people for a game-day feast of Colorado-grown foods, and also generates funding for CSU scholarships.
Lastly…Colorado Corn Executive Coordinator Ann Cross spent last Friday attending the 2016 Rally of the Good Sam Club’s Colorado Chapter, which took place in Greeley. At the “Samboree,” Ann discussed GMOs, biofuels and other aspects of corn use and production with the hundreds of attendees. The Good Sam Club is the largest organization of RV owners in the world.
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.