December 19, 2016, Fort Collins, Colo.- 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 9-12, 2017, at eight different locations. Please see the table below for full details, or visit www.coloradowheat.org/5315.
CAWG president Brian Brooks, a wheat producer in Walsh, Colo., strongly encourages all wheat farmers to attend. “Agriculture is facing uncertain times, with low prices across many commodities and uncertainty in Washington, D.C. Your voice is needed on Capitol Hill in Denver and in Washington. Your concerns must be heard by our elected officials. CAWG, serving as the voice of Colorado wheat growers, needs your experience and expertise to represent your fellow farmers and 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.”
Attendees will also hear organization updates from Brooks, Linnebur, and Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) President Dan Anderson. Accompanying the information presented by the board presidents will be Dr. Todd Gaines, Assistant Professor at Colorado State University (CSU) whose research focus is molecular weed science. Dr. Gaines will provide attendees with an update of his current research, new herbicide resistant technology being released to Colorado farmers very soon, and weed management practices that contribute to sustainable cropping systems.
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. The full schedule with complete details and RSVP link can be found at www.coloradowheat.org/5315.
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 (2017)|
|Date||Time||County||City and Location|
|Mon., Jan. 9||10:00 a.m.||Routt,
Moffat & Rio Blanco
|Hayden, Town Hall, complimentary lunch|
|Tues., 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|
|Weds., Jan. 11||11:30 a.m.||Cheyenne & Kit Carson||Stratton, Claremont Inn, complimentary lunch|
|6:00 p.m.||Baca||Springfield, Community Center, complimentary dinner|
|Thurs., 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|
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