11-13-17 Millet Producers/Handlers Invited to attend first Annual Meeting of High Plains Millet Association

1st Annual Meeting of High Plains Millet Association @ NJC on December 8

November 13, 2017 – Sterling, CO – High Plains Millet Association (HPMA) is holding its first annual producer educational meeting on December 8, 2017 in in Sterling, CO.

“An outstanding program is planned to address issues affecting millet and agricultural producers and I strongly encourage all Colorado millet producers and handlers to attend,” said Chris Stum, HPMA president from Towner, CO. 

Addresses are planned by Stum, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown, Colorado State Representative Jeni Arndt (D—HD 53), Chair of House Agriculture Committee and Dr. Mark Brick, Head of CSU Soil and Crop Sciences Department.

The annual meeting will be held in the Hays Student Center Ballroom at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) in Sterling.  Registration will begin at 8:00 am and the program will kick off at 9:00 am followed by lunch at 12:00 pm and end with election of HPMA directors at 1:30 pm.  Registration is complimentary but attendees are requested to register at this link: https://hpma.eventbrite.com.   Attendees may also register on-site.

Colorado ranks number one in millet production in the U.S.  During 1999-2016, Colorado millet production averaged 6,335,889 bushels or 51.5 percent of total U.S. millet production of 12,318,500 bushels.  Nebraska.  Of a U.S. total production value of $45,113,056, $23,009,944 was from Colorado, $11,607,889 was from Nebraska, $10,495,222 was from South Dakota.

HPMA was organized on March 11, 2017 with a mission “to provide sustainability to the millet industry through research, production and marketing.”  Its objectives and purpose are research for breeding of improved varieties and germplasm, agronomic production management, product development and Extension; farm production for improved yield and quality and enhanced organic and conventional production practices; marketing for education, promotion, new end-uses and sales; to advance the use and adoption of the millet crop in rotations with conventional crops; and to provide a unified voice to represent the millet crop industry at the local, state and national levels of government.

AGENDA

High Plains Millet Association (HPMA) First Annual Meeting

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hays Student Center Ballroom at NJC in Sterling 

8:00 am                Registration and coffee and rolls

9:00 am                Welcome and Call to Order by Chris Stum, HPMA President

  • It is time to bring greater awareness to this crop: Millet!   

9:30 am                Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown (confirmed)

  • Status of Colorado agriculture, the Commissioner’s role in administering Colorado Marketing Orders and process for establishing a “Colorado Millet Marketing Order”

10:00 am             Colorado State Representative Jeni Arndt (invited)

  • Agricultural and Rural Issues in the 2018 Colorado General Assembly and legislation to allow a producer referendum to approve a Colorado Millet Marketing Order.

10:30 am             Coffee Break

10:45 am             Presentation and Discussion of “Millet Vision Statement”

11:15 am             Dr. Mark Brick, Head, CSU Soil and Crop Sciences Department (confirmed)

  • CSU’s mission in agricultural research as part of Land Grant Mission and potential for developing a millet breeding and research program

12:00 pm             Lunch

                                Recognition of Sponsors

1:15 pm               Election of Directors

1:45 pm               HPMA Board of Directors Meeting

Submitted to The BARN by:

Darrell Hanavan

dhanavanco@gmail.com

(303) 981-4430