Our executives present at the Classroom’s Summer Teacher Institute, the Colorado Farm Show and the Colorado Young Farmers Education Association.
Our education efforts go towards several constituencies, from the general public to lawmakers to the media. But none is of more importance than educating the next generation of corn farmers. Youth focused programs, then, are central to our educational mission. We contribute funds to the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and provide 4-H grants as well.
Speaking to urban youth, who haven’t even been on a farm, is also rewarding and heightens their appreciation of agriculture and the production of corn. Places we typically exhibit include the Aspire to Grow Conference, targeting young women and the Children’s’ Water Festival in Greeley, which speaks directly to students in the 4th grade. We also talk to K-12 teachers in the state, via the Summer Ag Institute’s 5-day course where we completely cover the tuition of two educators at the event.
There are many compelling reasons to educate students in Colorado about corn. In understanding the life cycle and the plant science of corn, they come to awaken to the potential of the crop – not only for variety and nutrition on their dinner table, but also for feeding cattle and poultry and for being the surprising key element of a number of innovative industrial and household products. This teaches students not to take any crop for granted and to see how many different ways that nature’s gifts can be put to good use.
Frequently we go into the classrooms themselves to give students an appreciation for the amazing plant that is corn. We explain with visuals how a corn stalk grows from seed to harvest and what the practices of a modern farmer are today. The purposes of corn are also explored.
We call on all corn growers in the state to join us.
Become a CCGA Member Today
+ Help us Protect your interests in Colorado and Washington, DC.
+ Enact programs that will positively impact corn grind.
+ Help non-farmers understand who you are and what you do.
+ You’ll also become a member of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).
+ And so much more.
Your membership dues are just $95 a year and the funds go so far. We do outreach about corn to youth and adults in order to grow demand! And that’s not all: we undertake sophisticated research projects with CSU and various other ag partners to help you grow food, fuel and fiber at a profit while using fewer resources. Your membership dollars also support our ability to provide grants to organizations like the FFA and 4-H youth. When you join, you also become a member of the National Corn Growers Association.