Staff members Katie Thimgan and Katrina Davis attended the annual two-day farm show held in the largest corn producing county in the state, Yuma. In addition to Colorado, the event draws farmers from Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Wisconsin. Colorado Corn Grower President Byron Weathers and board members Don Rutledge and Steve Edwards were on hand to visit with folks about some of our project involvement: Phreatophyte removal on the Republican River, ethanol infrastructure needs, and policy. Staff distributed information about our partnership with the IRF in the Root Profile study that began in 2008, and the Water and Nutrient Management study currently being conducted.
Our tradeshow booth featured a message about water: Agriculture is the Backbone – Water is the Lifeblood. Our participation in the farm show provided the opportunity to promote our current Corn Seed Partners: DeKalb, Fontanelle, Garst, Mycogen, LG, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and Triumph, by using seed bags in our booth display. As part of our membership benefits package any three-year new or renewed membership qualifies for a free bag of corn seed from participating seed dealers. Interested seed dealers can contact Katrina at 970.351.8201 for more details about the partnership program.
A FarmInsure Safety seminar was also presented by Katie, Brian Schiller of Flood and Peterson, and Tom Levy from Pinnacol Insurance. The “Safety Makes Good Business Sense” presentation and is one of the last to be offered for this year and was attended by 47 farmers. The final 2011 safety seminar will be held at the Ag Classic in Loveland in December – details coming. Information about becoming a member of the FarmInsure Safety Group or safety presentations can be obtained by calling Katie at 970.351.8201, or Brian Schiller at 970.506.3237.