04-28-17 CO Corn: CCAC president’s Earth Day op-ed highlights corn farmers’ strides, appears in publications statewide

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CCAC president’s Earth Day op-ed highlights corn farmers’ strides, appears in publications statewide 

Mike Lefever is a Longmont-area farmer, retired firefighter, and vice president of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.

As Earth Day took place this past Saturday, an op-ed from Colorado Corn Administrative Committee President Mike Lefever drew attention to the many strides corn producers have made in regards to environmental stewardship.

The piece appeared in a number of publications around the state, including various Front Range daily newspapers (The Colorado Springs Gazette, The Boulder Daily Camera and The Longmont Times-Call, among others) and in widely distributed agriculture magazines (The High Plains Journal and The Fence Post).

“It seems as though Earth Day comes and goes each year with great dialogue about how various corners of society are taking steps forward in environmental stewardship, but without any acknowledgment of the corn producer’s role in that progress,” Mike wrote in the op-ed, while citing specific studies to highlight corn farmers’ achievements. “In that regard, I can’t let Earth Day 2017 serve as a repeat of the past.”

Read the full op-ed here.

In regards to environmental stewardship, Mike and the rest of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee will no doubt continue striving to help farmers produce more food with less resources, and do so in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Check out the hundreds of thousands of dollars in ongoing and recently concluded sustainability focused research projects in which the organization has invested.

Who is Colorado Corn? 
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association.
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors.
The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general.
See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.