The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) this month teamed up once again with the All-American Beef Battalion – a volunteer organization that travels the U.S. serving steaks to our men and women in uniform, and their families.
CCAC President Mike Lefever joined the group at the 117th Space Battalion in Colorado Springs, where they fed 230 people, and while on hand, Mike also presented a $20,000 check from CCAC to the Beef Battalion.
With this contribution, the CCAC has all together now contributed $125,000 to the Beef Battalion, and Colorado Corn staff and board members have also helped serve about 50,000 steak dinners here in the state.
“The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee has long been a supporter of the Beef Battalion, as these contributions not only help in saying ‘thanks’ to our troops, but also help promote what is the largest buyer of grain corn – the livestock industry,” said Lefever, a Longmont resident who farms in northeast Colorado, near Haxtun. “This is a partnership that the CCAC’s Market Development Action Team is certainly proud to be a part of.”
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of grain corn produced in the state) are spent on research, outreach and other various endeavors, including market development projects.
Since only 2011, CCAC has invested more than $800,000 in market development efforts aimed at building demand for grain corn – corn that’s primarily used for livestock feed and biofuels, and not the sweet corn people eat off the cob. These market development projects include promoting the livestock and meat industries through support of the All-American Beef Battalion, the U.S. Grains Council, and the U.S. Meat Export Federation – the latter of which helps develop meat demand around the world.
The CCAC’s market development endeavors also aim to promote biofuels, with projects that have helped bring additional higher-blend ethanol pumps to Colorado fuel stations, evaluated ethanol as a substitute in diesel engines, and modified Flex-Fuel engines to improve E85 fuel efficiency.
“These projects represent precisely what we’re here to do; wisely invest producers’ one-penny-per-bushel in ways that support the values of Colorado’s farmers, develop new economic opportunities, and also help solidify grain corn’s foothold in existing markets, such as the ethanol and livestock industries,” Lefever added.
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.