When a celebration of Colorado’s agricultural producers and agribusinesses takes place on March 22 at the State Capitol Building, it will be done largely with the help of Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) personnel.
CEP Industry Relations Manager David Collie, who also owns and operates Collie Consulting LLC, is taking the lead among the 48 organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council and organize the event, while various other CEP representatives will also be on hand to help out.
Among other highlights, Agriculture Day at the Capitol will feature the teaming up of 13 local chefs with lawmakers and ag representatives in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods, as well as a big “thank you” delivered by Feeding Colorado Board Chairman Bob O’Connor, aimed at the state’s ag producers.
In addition to the cook-off competition, the day will also include a big “thank you” delivered by Feeding Colorado Board Chairman Bob O’Connor, aimed at the state’s ag producers.
“Year in and year out, Colorado’s agriculture industry is one of our biggest supporters, and 2016 was certainly no different,” O’Connor – who is also the executive director of the Weld Food Bank in Greeley – said in reference to the ag industry’s product and monetary contributions to Colorado’s five Feeding American food banks, which totaled up to $16,085,678 last year. “So many of those in need in our state are better off because of the generosity of Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses. The number of people they help us reach is just incredible, and we can’t thank them enough.”
Colorado’s egg industry certainly made its mark in donations during 2016, with 513,000 eggs contributed local food banks.
Agriculture Day at the Capitol has become one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome – attended by more than 1,000 people last year, including the governor, state legislators, farmers, ranchers and many others.
The public and media are all invited to attend the event, which is held in conjunction with National Agriculture Week.
Agriculture Day at the Capitol begins at 10:45 a.m., and lunch – the final product of the on-site, 13-team cook-off competition – will be served around 11:30 a.m.
Each year, the event showcases all that Colorado’s ag industry does for our state, highlighting its efforts in feeding Colorado’s 5 million-plus people, its stewardship of our resources, and its $40 billion economic impact – a top two or three contributor to the state's economy each year.
Anyone looking for more information about Agriculture Day at the Capitol can contact event manager David Collie at firstname.lastname@example.org.