Colorado Agricultural Producers Participate in Colorado Ag Classic

December 13, 2010 – More than 130 agricultural producers participated in the 2010 Colorado Ag Classic held on December 8-9 at The Embassy Suites in Loveland.  The sixth annual event was jointly hosted by the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG)/Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC)/Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF), Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA)/Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC), Colorado Sunflower Administrative Committee (CSAC), Colorado Sorghum Producers (CSP), Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA) and Colorado Seed Industry Association (CSIA).

The Colorado Ag Classic opened the evening of December 8, with a legislative social, with several state legislators and representatives of national legislators in attendance. A dinner and auction were held to raise funds for CAWG and CCGA state and national legislative efforts.

December 9 started with a unity breakfast hosted by Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp. The boards of the host organizations were invited to discuss issues of common interest to all of the participating organizations.

The Commissioner of Agriculture opened the general session with remarks on the state of agriculture in Colorado.  Troy and Stacy Hadrick, Advocates for Agriculture, spoke on “Your Influential Power,” and encouraged all producers to tell the story of agriculture to the public. U.S. Representative-elect Cory Gardner, (Dist. 4-Colo.) and Colorado Governor-elect John Hickenlooper also addressed the crowd and answered questions.

“It’s not often that you can be surrounded by farmers, and hear from the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, a soon-to-be-U.S. Congressman, and a Governor-elect all on one program,” said Chris Tallman, CAWG president, “Plus, the Hadricks did a great job teaching farmers about defending the world of agriculture.”

Breakout sessions on December 9 included presentations on grain marketing, ground and surface water management, truck weight limits and safety inspections, effective media interactions, the connection between farm fertilizer and Rocky Mountain National Park, “AgLet,” a tool for evaluating ag water lease options, spill prevention, control, and countermeasure, and herbicide tolerant sorghum.  A Workers’ Compensation safety meeting was also held during the day.

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