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New CCGA membership benefit with Air MedCare

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The Colorado Corn Growers Association recently partnered with the Air MedCare Network to offer all members the option of a discounted membership with Air MedCare, which is the country's largest network of air ambulances.

Air ambulances significantly cut response time to save lives, but are extremely expensive, at an average transport cost of $25,000. Insurance typically covers just a small portion of these exorbitant costs.

When Air MedCare transports a patient that is a member, the patient owes nothing for the transport, care and medications administered on board. Private insurance or Medicare is billed, but regardless of what is covered or not, the patient owes nothing.

Their 1, 3, 5 and 10-year memberships are available at discounted rates because of the partnership established with CCGA. Respectively, rates are $55, $165, $275 and $550. The membership and rates cover the entire household.

If interested, all applications need to be submitted by Jan. 8, 2015.

For more information, contact Lynn Arenson, membership manager in Colorado, at (970) 305-1617, or at lynn.arenson@amgh.us

2014 awards focus on Farm Bill program implementation, other efforts benefitting ag

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As part of the 2014 Ag Classic last week, Colorado Corn hosted its Annual Awards Luncheon, where the organization 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, and others for their contributions to Colorado Corn and the ag industry as a whole. 

Those who were recognized Wednesday were:

• U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, honored with Colorado Corn’s 2014 Legislator of the Year Award.

• Colorado Corn Growers Association Public Policy Action Team Co-Chairs Dave Cure and Rick Palkowitsh, each of whom was honored with Colorado Corn’s 2014 Jean Sirios President’s Award.

• Jeff Harrison with Combest, Sell and Associates, earning Colorado Corn’s 2014 Amicus Friend of Agriculture Award.

• John Stulp, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s special policy adviser on water, also honored with a Colorado Corn 2014 Amicus Friend of Agriculture Award.

• Brian Allmer and BARN Media, honored as Colorado Corn’s 2014 Company of the Year.

CCGA, other ag groups push for tax action in lame duck

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The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) and other ag organizations are pushing Congress to act on tax extender legislation before the end of the lame duck session, saying retroactive action in 2015 will be too late for many farmers, ranchers and businesses.

In letters addressed to congressional leaders, they discuss the Section 179 extender, referring to a tax code provision that allowed small businesses to deduct up to $500,000 in capital expenses immediately, rather than over time. That tax break and others expired at the end of 2013.

Action was also urged on the 50 percent bonus depreciation for the purchase of new capital assets, including farm equipment, which has also expired.

A letter from CCGA states that we “aren’t pushing for any comprehensive reform, but rather a much simpler, common-sense approach of renewing certain areas of the expired tax code.”

“It’s so important that we have tax provisions that allow us to take advantage of good years, invest in our operations, and streamline recordkeeping,” the letter continued. “We are concerned that the failure to renew these expired provisions of the tax code will place additional burdens on Colorado’s farm families, who are often asset-rich and cash-poor, and already face an unpredictable tax code.”

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