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Colorado Corn voices concerns on EPA's proposed water rules

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Colorado Corn Growers Association President Dave Eckhardt this week sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, voicing his concerns about the EPA's proposed rule that would expand the federal agency's jurisdiction. 

Below is a portion of that letter:

"As president of the Colorado Corn Growers Association, I agree whole-heartedly with many of the points made by our National Corn Growers Association leaders in the letters they’ve sent you regarding this rule. Like them, I believe this unprecedented increase in jurisdiction must not be finalized without first undergoing significant revision. I also agree there is tremendous uncertainty we face because of the way the rule defines what is ‘tributary,’ and what is ‘adjacent.’ And it concerns me as well that a vast number of ditches are or could be subject to federal jurisdiction, and if these or other waters like them on my farm are made jurisdictional, I fear I would face serious risk of lawsuits.

"But my concerns and those of so many others here in Colorado go beyond that, largely because of our unique water situation, and our local rules and restrictions that are so different here than in other places across the U.S. That is the point I want to stress above all others; I find it impossible that the EPA can create a one-size-fits-all set of rules for everyone, when, just to provide one very basic example, places like the Midwest have systems and rules in place to divert water off their fields, while we in Colorado and across the West require infrastructure and regulations to divert water on to our fields. There are just so few consistencies region-to-region when it comes to water functions."

Ag Classic, Colorado Corn Awards Luncheon on the horizon

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All are invited to attend the 2014 Colorado Ag Classic and Colorado Corn Awards Luncheon, taking place Dec. 10-11 in Loveland.

The two-day Colorado Ag Classic is the joint annual convention of Colorado Corn, Colorado Wheat, the Colorado Seed Growers Association and the Colorado Sunflower Administrative Committee. All events will take place at the Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway in Loveland.

As a kickoff to the Ag Classic, the Colorado Corn Growers Association will host its Annual Business Meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, immediately followed by the CCGA’s and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee’s complimentary Awards Luncheon at noon. 

And be sure to stick around that afternoon and all day on Thursday, Dec. 11, for the 2014 Colorado Ag Classic, featuring presentations on ag policy, fracking, the new farm bill, drones and a number of other topics.

For anyone wanting to attend Colorado Corn’s free Awards Luncheon, we ask that you please mark that event on your Ag Classic registration form, or RSVP by calling the Colorado Corn office at (970) 351-8201.

For more, call the Colorado Corn office, or email Katrina Davis at kdavis@coloradocorn.com.

Proposition 105 defeated

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The Colorado Corn Growers Association applauded the news of voters across the state overwhelmingly rejecting Proposition 105 – a poorly written food-labeling proposal.  

As CCGA leaders have said all along, this GMO food-labeling proposition would have created added regulations and layers of bureaucracy, resulting in increased grocery bills. Additionally, with its many exemptions, Prop 105 would have made business unfair for some farmers and food producers, and food choices more confusing for consumers, among a number of other drawbacks.

“We can’t thank you enough for listening, and for putting your ‘no’ vote in writing,” said Dave Eckhardt, a fourth-generation Weld County farmer, who serves as president of the Colorado Corn Growers Association.

Along with Prop 105 being poorly written, it is unnecessary. There has not been a documented case of a food allergy or human health issue caused by genetically enhanced crops. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, American Academy of Sciences and World Health Organization, among many others, all recognize these foods as safe, and have said no ill health effects have resulted on the international market.

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