06-21-15 US Army Veteran Selected for Conservation Internship with the Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

US Army Veteran Selected for Conservation Internship with the Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

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CCALT logo new 042815Jon Byerly will be joining the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) as a Colorado State University (CSU) Conservation Intern this summer. A sophomore rangeland ecology major and veteran, Jon grew up amidst the wide open spaces and ranches of Montana.

Before enrolling at CSU, he served our nation in the Army from 2004-2013. Jon completed tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was attracted to CSU not only because of its rangeland ecology program, but also because of CSU’s commitment to veterans’ education and welcoming atmosphere. After graduation, Jon wants to apply his range management skills in a career that helps private landowners use sound practices in managing their lands. Continue reading

06-02-15 CCALT News: Cattlemen’s Land Trust to celebrate conservation at The Bluffs on June 25th…

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Cattlemen’s Land Trust to celebrate conservation at The Bluffs on June 25th

CCALT logo new 042815DENVER< CO – June 2, 2016 – The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) will hold its 11th annual Forever Colorado BBQ at The Bluffs in Byers, Colorado on Saturday, June 25th.  The Forever Colorado BBQ celebrates Colorado’s family farming and ranching heritage and working lands conservation, and raises awareness for the mission and work of CCALT. The BBQ is hosted by landowners in different regions of Colorado every year.  Proceeds from the BBQ are used by CCALT to conserve working ranches throughout the state and to preserve Colorado’s unique western heritage.

“As a family, we work day in and day out to ensure that the lands we have inherited, can continue on for future generations,” said Russell MacLennan. “The MacLennan family is happy to be hosting the Forever Colorado BBQ this year.” Continue reading

09-23-15 CO-OEDIT News: Rolling Out the New “Rural Jump-Start Program” this December……

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The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade will be rolling out the new Rural Jump-Start program this December. We are very excited about this new program, and we expect it to help spur economic development in distressed rural areas of the state.

The Rural Jump-Start program will offer tax relief to approved businesses and employees of those businesses in Jump-Start Zones for up to four years. With the approval of the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC), counties and municipalities will be setting up these zones around the state, and working with local colleges in attracting new businesses.
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08-04-15 Colorado Corn helps Beef Battalion feed 650 more troops; Another chance to volunteer coming up on Aug 29th…

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Colorado Corn board member Mike Lefever helped the All American Beef Battalion feed steaks to 650 troops and their families at Fort Carson on Saturday. 
 
The next Beef Battalion feed will be at Fort Carson at noon on Aug. 29, when the group will be feeding about 2,500 troops. With that many mouths to feed, the group is looking for volunteers to help out. Look for more details in upcoming “Kernels,” or on our website. 
 
To date, Colorado Corn has given $85,000 to the Beef Battalion — a volunteer organization that travels the U.S. feeding our nation’s troops and their families — and has helped serve more than 30,000 steak dinners in Colorado.
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The Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee work on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, communications, research and technical assistance. See more about the work of both organizations at www.coloradocorn.com. Continue reading

07-09-15 CO Corn News: Last Chance at E85 for just 85 cents: Final Kum & Go promotion Tuesday in Monument on July 14th…

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Last Chance at E85 for just 85 cents: Final Kum & Go promotion Tuesday in Monument

After weeks of spreading the good word about Flex-Fuel Vehicles and ethanol, Colorado Corn, Kum & Go and Front Range Energy are bringing their E85 promotions to a close.

At these events during June and July, customers have been treated to E85 for just 85 cents per gallon, and have learned more about the locally produced, environmentally friendly biofuel. Customers have also had opportunities to win giveaways.

The final promotion is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, at the Kum & Go store located at 1410 N. Cipriani in Monument.

E85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, and is available for use in Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFV). There are more than 200,000 Flex-Fuel Vehicles on the road in Colorado. Check your owner’s manual, or look for a Flex-Fuel insignia on your vehicle or gas cap to see if you’re driving a Flex-Fuel Vehicle. 

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07-02-15 CO Corn News: Wellington Kum & Go the next stop on July 7th for E85 fuel for just 85 cents…

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After going through another 2,400 gallons of E85 in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, Kum & Go’s E85 promotions are headed to Wellington for the first time this summer.

During June and July, Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy are teaming up to host a series of promotions to draw attention to Flex-Fuel Vehicles and ethanol, and increase public awareness of E85. The next promotion is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at the Kum & Go store located at 8150 6th St. in Wellington.

Customers will be treated to E85 for just 85 cents per gallon, and representatives of Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy will be on site spreading the good word about the cleaner-burning, American-made biofuel. Customers will also have a chance to win giveaways at these promotions.

Front Range Energy, an ethanol producer located in Windsor, Colo., is taking part in the effort to promote this locally produced, environmentally friendly fuel, by supplying the ethanol for the events.

E85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, and is available for use in Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFV). There are more than 200,000 Flex-Fuel Vehicles on the road in Colorado. Check your owner’s manual, or look for a Flex-Fuel insignia on your vehicle or gas cap, to see if you’re driving a Flex-Fuel Vehicle.

 Why are ethanol fuel blends like E85 so beneficial? Continue reading

06-30-15 Cattlemen’s Land Trust Celebrates 20 Years of Conservation in Colorado at the Elk Ranch Near CO Springs…

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Johnson0012johnfieldercreditThe Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) will hold its 10th annual Sunset BBQ at the Elk Ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, July 11th.  The Sunset BBQ is hosted by landowners in different regions of Colorado every year, but this is the first time that the BBQ has been held in Teller County. Portions of the Elk Ranch were conserved by the family and CCALT in the late 2000s.

 “We love our working landscapes and the people who protect them,” said Mark Johnson. “The Johnson/Hammond family is honored to be hosting this 20th anniversary celebration.”

The 2015 BBQ will begin with a variety of special activities and a tour of the ranch, followed by cocktails, dinner, live entertainment from Coal Town Reunion, and an auction.  Bids for auction items can also be placed online in advance of the event at www.biddingforgood.com/ccalt. Proceeds from the BBQ will be used by CCALT to protect additional working ranches throughout the state.

CCALT has conserved more than 450,000 acres on more than 280 working ranches all across Colorado and is currently working with more than 20 other ranching families on conservation projects throughout the state. CCALT provides ranching families with important tools to carry on the agricultural heritage that defines Colorado and the American West.

“The Elk Ranch provides the perfect setting for a celebration of 20 years of conservation success.  This ranch serves as an example of what can be accomplished through conservation partnerships with non-profits, local government agencies, landowners and their families. It also serves as a reminder that there is still more work to be done,” said Erik Glenn, CCALT executive director.

Tickets are available for the July 11th event, which will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person for general admission or $250 for a patron ticket which includes special activities throughout the day. All proceeds will go toward CCALT’s conservation efforts statewide.   For more information, or to RSVP, visit the event website at www.ccalt.org or email Alyssa Street at alyssa@ccalt.org.

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06-29-15 CO-OEDIT News: Applications being accepted for Commercial Infrastructure Bioscience Grants…

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The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade today announced it is accepting applications for the Advanced Industries Accelerator grant programs for Commercial Infrastructure Bioscience Grants for fiscal year 2016. Online applications are being accepted atwww.advancecolorado.com/aiprograms, with the deadline to apply Aug. 14, 2015.
The Advanced Industries Accelerator Program was created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s Advanced Industries by helping drive innovation, accelerating commercialization, encouraging public-private partnerships, increasing access to early-stage capital and creating a strong ecosystem that increases the state’s global competitiveness. Continue reading

06-26-15 Kum & Go/Colorado Corn E85 promotions headed to Colorado Springs once again on June 30th…

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Colorado Springs residents purchased 2,350 gallons of E85 in just 4 hours during previous event

Colorado Springs residents arrived in droves last time Kum & Go was offering E85 fuel for just 85 cents per gallon, and we hope to see even more folks on Tuesday when the offer returns to The Springs.

This summer, Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy are teaming up to host a series of promotions to draw attention to Flex-Fuel Vehicles and ethanol, and increase public awareness of E85. After kicking off the summer in Erie on June 9, the event in Colorado Springs the following week saw local consumers purchase 2,350 gallons of E85 in just four hours. At our event in Mead earlier this week, ABC 7 News in Denver came out to talk with consumers and representatives of the local biofuels industry.    

The next promotion is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, at the Kum & Go store located at 7375 Duryea Drive in Colorado Springs.

Customers will be treated to E85 for just 85 cents per gallon, and representatives of Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy will be on site spreading the good word about the cleaner-burning, American-made biofuel. Customers will also have a chance to win giveaways at these promotions.

Future dates and locations for the E85 promotions are: Continue reading

06-26-15 Colorado Corn sends CSU scholar to Kansas City to testify in support of RFS…

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Chris Van Roekel, a graduate research assistant in mechanical engineering at Colorado State University, traveled to Kansas City Thursday to testify in support of the RFS during an EPA hearing.

During his testimony, Van Roekel stressed that numerous published research papers show plant-based renewable fuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel have a positive impact on vehicle emissions, particularly in particulate matter, benzene, and 1,3-butadiene, and noted that another benefit to plant-based fuels is their inherent near carbon neutral life cycle — a significant advantage over petroleum-based fuels in terms of CO and CO2 emissions.

According to an email from the EPA last week, the number of testifiers expected Thursday stood at more than 250. A number of those testifying will be representing National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) or state corn organizations, as well as representatives of the renewable fuels industry.

Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, working on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, research, outreach, education and technical assistance. See more about the work of the organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.

06-26-15 Colorado Corn helps serve steaks to 200 more Wounded Warriors, family members; Total 650 for month of June…

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For a third time this month, Colorado Corn partnered with the All American Beef Battalion this past weekend, serving another 200 Wounded Warriors and family members — bringing the total number of those fed steak dinners during June up to 650.
Prior to this past weekend, about 250 Wounded Warriors and family members had been served on June 6 at Fort Carson, and another 200 were fed the following day at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.
To date, Colorado Corn has given $85,000 to the Beef Battalion — a volunteer organization that travels the U.S. feeding our nation’s troops and their families — and has helped serve more than 30,000 steak dinners in Colorado. 

Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, working on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, research, outreach, education and technical assistance. See more about the work of the organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.

06-26-15 Colorado Corn contributes $13,500 more to U.S. Meat Export Federation…

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All American Beef Battalion - Steaks For Troops HeaderCLICK HERE to listen to the full report...Last week at the Protein Producer Summit in Steamboat Springs, Colorado Corn Executive Director Mark Sponsler presented a check for $13,500 to the U.S. Meat Export Federation.  
The check presentation served as an opportunity for Sponsler to again highlight Colorado Corn’s working relationship with the state’s livestock industry, and again thank and recognize our meat producers as the largest consumer of Colorado’s million-acre corn crop, as well as the nation’s near-100 million acre corn crop. 

As Mark noted in his presentation, since just 2009, Colorado Corn’s Market Development Action Team has invested $48,400 toward meat quality enhancement projects at Colorado State University, working to improve fat content qualities in beef; $85,000 to the All American Beef Battalion, purchasing beef for this volunteer organization, which honors deploying and returning men and women in the armed forces by serving them steak dinners; and $64,000 to U.S. Meat Export Federationfor overseas projects aimed at growth potential for meat exports to developing countries.

Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, working on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, research, outreach, education and technical assistance. See more about the work of the organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.

06-18-15 CO Corn News: Purchase E85 for just 85 cents at Kum & Go in Mead on June 23rd…

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After selling 2,350 gallons of E85 in just four hours in Colorado Springs, Kum & Go will be taking its E85 promotions to Mead next week.

This summer, Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy are teaming up to host a series of promotions to draw attention to Flex-Fuel Vehicles and ethanol, and increase public awareness of E85. After kicking off the summer in Erie on June 9 and hosting an event in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, the next promotion is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, at the Kum & Go store located at 13799 Pacific Circle in Mead.

Customers will be treated to E85 for just 85 cents per gallon, and representatives of Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy will be on site spreading the good word about the cleaner-burning, American-made biofuel. Customers will also have a chance to win giveaways at these promotions.

KYGO-FM 98.5 will be broadcasting live on Tuesday from the Kum & Go store in Mead, and will be giving away tickets to the July 19 Big & Rich concert at Cheyenne Frontier Days, and giving away tickets to the Aug. 13 Dierks Bentley show at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater. 

Future dates and locations for the E85 promotions are: Continue reading

06-17-15 CO-OEDIT News: New Tax Credit Program Creates Jobs, Builds Local Economies, and Preserves Historic Places…

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In 1990, Colorado became one of the first states in the nation to offer state tax credits for historic preservation projects. Now in its 25th year, the tax credit has generated thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue and economic activity, as well as led to the successful preservation of a multitude of historically significant properties.
Since 1991, more than 950 rehabilitation projects have used the state tax credit to preserve and protect Colorado’s historic buildings, including everything from Denver’s Union Station, which garnered more than $8 million in tax credits, to the Routt County National Bank in Steamboat Springs, which received $350,000 in tax credits. Continue reading

06-12-15 Inside CO-OEDIT with Executive Director Fiona Arnold: Blueprint 2.0, Rural Jump Start Zone Program and more…

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To listen to the exclusive interview, click the link below…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 12, 2015 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Fiona Arnold, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade discussing several topics including:

  • CO-OEDIT’s Mission & Objectives
  • Blueprint 2.0
  • Rural Jump Start Zone Program
  • & More

To learn more about the COLORADO Office of Economic Development & International Trade, please visit http://www.advancecolorado.com/

06-11-15 CO Corn News: Purchase E85 for $.85/gallon at Kum & Go in CO Springs June 16th…

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Kum & Go’s ongoing E85 promotions in Colorado will be rolling down south in the upcoming days.

After kicking off the summer in Erie, the next event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, at the Kum & Go store located at 5771 N. Carefree Circle in Colorado Springs.

This summer, Kum & Go has teamed up with Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy to host a series of promotions to draw attention to Flex-Fuel Vehicles and ethanol, and increase public awareness of E85. Continue reading

06-03-15 *CO Corn News* Fuel up for just 85 cents per gallon, win concert tickets at Colorado Corn/Kum & Go event in Erie, CO…

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GREELEY, CO –  June 3, 2015 – The summer driving season is upon us! To celebrate, Kum & Go has teamed up with Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy to host a series of promotions to draw attention to Flex-Fuel Vehicles, ethanol and increase public awareness of E85.

The events take place in June and July across the Front Range. Customers will be treated to E85 for just 85 cents per gallon, and representatives of Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy will be on site spreading the good word about the cleaner-burning, American-made biofuel. Customers will also have a chance to win concert tickets and other giveaways at these promotions.

The first event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at the Kum & Go store located at 2999 Bonanza Drive in Erie, Colo. KYGO-FM 98.5 will be broadcasting live from the Kum & Go store, and will be giving away tickets to the July 23 Alabama concert at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Other dates and locations for the events are:

  • June 16, Colorado Springs (5771 N. Carefree Circle)
  • June 23, Mead (13799 Pacific Circle)
  • June 30, Colorado Springs (7375 Duryea Drive)
  • July 7, Wellington (8150 6th Street)
  • July 14, Monument (1410 N. Cipriani)

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05-18-15 CO-OEDIT grants almost $1 million to Colorado Advanced Industry projects…

OEDITLogo_MODDENVER – Mon., May 18, 2015 – The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced grantees for the Advanced Industry Accelerator Infrastructure Funding Grant Program. A total of $918,000 will be awarded for the Commercial Infrastructure Funding Grants to support Colorado’s advanced industries.

Infrastructure Funding Grantees:

Advanced Industry Infrastructure Funding Grants provide state funding to collaborative projects that will have a broad, industry-wide impact across one or more of Colorado’s Advanced Industries.

* Colorado Bioscience Institute – $50,000
* Colorado Mesa University – $250,000
* Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners – $250,000
* Emily Griffith Technical College – $68,000
* Special Aerospace Services – $250,000
* Tinkermill – $50,000

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04-22-15 CDOT News: Grants Approved for Transit Projects Statewide…

CDOT LogoStatewide Transportation Plan – Colorado’s Transportation Commission has awarded $14 million of FASTER* funds for a variety of statewide, regional and local transit projects.

April 22, 2015 – DENVER – Colorado’s Transportation Commission has awarded $14 million of FASTER* funds for a variety of statewide, regional and local transit projects, benefiting bus operators, including cities, counties, special authorities and nonprofit agencies serving the elderly and disabled. Along with the FASTER funding, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Transit and Rail (DTR) is awarding and distributing $7.3 million in Federal Transit Administration funding to agencies statewide, assisting projects such as replacing or rehabilitating buses, expansion of a park-and-ride lot, and rehabilitation of a maintenance garage.

“With recent reductions in federal funding aimed at bus projects, we put an increased emphasis this year on replacing or rehabilitating existing capital equipment, rather than building new projects,” said Division of Transit and Rail Director Mark Imhoff.  “In fact, 103 vehicles will be replaced or rehabilitated with these funds, and five RTD light rail trains will be refurbished.”

Imhoff added the buses are not just for large city bus systems.  Eighty of the vehicles are smaller ones, serving rural communities or providing specialized service to the elderly and disabled.  Another $500,000 was awarded to operate three regional bus routes. In addition, $3 million in FASTER funds will support Bustang, CDOT’s new interregional express bus service along Interstate 25 between Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs and on I-70, between Denver and Glenwood Springs.  Bustang is scheduled to begin service on July 13, 2015.

All the projects listed below are scheduled for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins July 1, 2015: Continue reading

12-15-14 Colorado Corn’s 2014 awards focus on Farm Bill program implementation, other efforts benefitting ag…

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Colorado Corn recently honored those who were instrumental in getting implemented a new federal crop-insurance tool for 2015, rather than in 2016, as the USDA had originally said it would do.

This recognition was part of Colorado Corn’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Dec. 10 in Loveland, where others were also honored for their contributions to Colorado Corn and the ag industry as a whole.

It was music to the ears of many producers when the USDA announced in October that it would make available the new Actual Production History (APH) provision in 2015, instead of 2016. But long before this political victory for producers was celebrated, many efforts were put forth.

Those who were recognized Wednesday, for their efforts in helping get the APH provision implemented in a more timely manner than what the USDA had originally outlined, were: Continue reading