News Release – Colorado Wheat and ConAgra Donate 24 Tons of Flour

March 27, 2013, Fort Collins, Colo. – In honor of National Agriculture Week, March 18-22, the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) teamed with ConAgra Mills to donate 24 tons (48,000 pounds) of Ultragrain® blend flour to the Food Bank of the Rockies. The donation, with a retail value of more than $28,800, provides 9,600 5-lb. bags of flour for distribution to families in need in Colorado. This is the fourth consecutive year for this donation.

This is enough flour to make over 100,000 one-pound loaves of bread. Ultragrain® flour has the fiber and nutrition of whole grain but the taste, texture and appearance of refined flour.

CAWG Past President Randy Traxler of Otis attended Colorado Ag Day activities at the state capitol, where a check for $78,500 in cash and in-kind donations from members of the Colorado Ag Council was presented to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

“The donation to the Food Bank of the Rockies is a great chance for us to give back to the community, and The Farm-to-Fork Cookoff is a wonderful opportunity to feature delicious Colorado products and remind legislators that agriculture is an important part of Colorado’s economy,” Traxler said.

Colorado wheat was featured in the Farm-to-Fork Cookoff, which paired legislators and local chefs to create dishes using Colorado products. Executive Chef Daniel Flanagan of the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia created “Pasta Frittata” for the event. (Recipe here.) Chef Flanagan was paired with State Senator Gail Schwartz, chair of the Colorado Senate Agriculture Committee, who helped serve the dish.

CWAC and CAWG are two distinctly separate organizations with different, but complimentary purposes. CWAC is the producer-elected Board of Control for the Colorado Wheat Marketing Order whose purpose is to decide how assessment funds are to be spent for research, promotion and education activities. CAWG is a voluntary membership association that lobbies on behalf of wheat growers at the state and national levels of government and provides special programs and benefits to dues paying members.

Photo: CWAC Vice President Steve Beedy, Genoa; Chef Daniel Flanagan, Sedalia, CAWG Past President Randy Traxler, Otis, and Seth Beedy, Genoa, at the state capitol for the National Ag Day celebration and Farm-to-Fork Cookoff. Colorado Ag Council members donated $78,500 in cash and in-kind donations to the Food Bank of the Rockies, including flour valued at $28,800 donated by CWAC, CAWG, and ConAgra Mills.

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