December 20, 2017, Colorado wheat farmers are invited to attend and participate in the annual county business meetings and elections jointly sponsored by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG). The business meetings and elections will be held January 9 - January 12, 2018, at eight different locations. Please see the table below for full details.
CAWG president Jerry Cooksey, a wheat producer in Roggen Colorado strongly encourages wheat farmers to attend County meetings and elections. Agriculture is facing challenging times with low commodity prices and uncertainty in Washington DC. CAWG represents producers politically at the State and National levels. Please come with your experience and expertise and voice your concerns to our elected officials. We need to ensure the viability of the Colorado wheat industry.
“Attending county elections is an important part of being involved with the wheat organizations working on the farmers’ behalf,” says Mark Linnebur, CWAC president and Byers, Colo. farmer. “Having the opportunity to nominate farmer representatives who will serve their best interests, give careful consideration to business matters, and most importantly, make sure that farmer profitability and sustainability remains top priority is an important duty not to be taken lightly.”
Updates will be provided by: * Board presidents on current activities; * New Colorado Wheat staff-introductions and CoAXium Wheat Production System; * Farm Strategy Consultants: on-farm merchandising of wheat, using basis, carry, freight spreads, and market demand to your favor; * Ardent Mills: grain merchandising; * Merle Vigil, USDA Akron - fertilizing for protein; * Farmers Business Network - get value from precision data, shop online for inputs and save (Ft Morgan, Yuma, Holyoke, Burlington).
County-level representatives for both CWAC and CAWG will be elected at these meetings. If you have an interest in serving on either board, CWAC and CAWG board members urge you to attend the meeting in your area, or to please contact your current representative for more information. County and district representatives are listed at www.coloradowheat.org under both CWAC and CAWG tabs/board of directors.
CWAC and CAWG are two distinctly separate organizations with different but complementary purposes. CWAC is the Commissioner-appointed Board of Control for the Colorado Wheat Marketing Order, whose purpose is to oversee how Colorado’s wheat assessment dollars (two cents per bushel of wheat produced in the state) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors.
Colorado Association of Wheat Growers is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts wheat producers and agriculture in general.
|Calendar of CWAC/CAWG Annual County Meetings (2018)|
|Date||Time||County||City and Location|
|Tues., Jan. 9||10:00 a.m.||Routt, Moffat & Rio Blanco||Hayden, Town Hall, complimentary lunch, Sponsored by US Tractor|
|Wed., Jan. 10||8:00 a.m.||Weld, Larimer, Boulder & Morgan||Fort Morgan, Country Steak-Out, complimentary breakfast|
|12:00 p.m.||Washington & Yuma||Yuma, St. John’s Lutheran Educational Building, complimentary lunch|
|6:00 p.m.||Phillips, Sedgwick & Logan||Holyoke, Ballyneal, complimentary dinner|
|Thurs., Jan. 11||11:30 a.m.||Cheyenne & Kit Carson||Burlington, VFW Post, complimentary lunch, sponsored by Cargill|
|6:00 p.m.||Baca||Springfield, Lion's Den, complimentary dinner|
|Fri., Jan. 12||8:00 a.m.||Prowers, Bent & Kiowa||Eads, Cobblestone Inn, complimentary breakfast|
|12:00 p.m.||Lincoln, Elbert, El Paso, Adams & Arapahoe||Limon, Community Center, complimentary lunch|