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World Egg Day set for Friday, Oct. 13

One of our favorite days of the year is just around the corner!

World Egg Day is celebrated every year on the second Friday in October and was first celebrated in 1996. Since then, people around the world have continued to celebrate eggs as an excellent, affordable source of high-quality protein and their vital role in feeding people around the world.

Every day, egg farmers across the globe join together in their commitment to provide high-quality eggs to help feed the world’s hungry.

Here at home, America’s egg farmers continue to balance their operations with firm commitments to the people they feed, the animals they care for and the environment we all share.

To learn more about World Egg Day, click here

Pedal the Plains riders enjoy discussions, eggs-on-a-stick with CEP representatives

Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) representatives this past weekend took part in a whirlwind of activities out at the three-day Pedal the Plains.

CEP Executive Director Bill Scebbi, CEP Industry Relations Manager David Collie, and CEP Outreach Events Coordinator Terri Heine – along with her husband, Jerry – engaged in great conversations about agriculture and all things eggs with the 1,200 riders who participated in the event.

And thanks to Terri’s hard work in the kitchen, the CEP group also served up thousands of bite-sized egg treats, including CEP’s famous eggs-on-a-stick.

Pedal the Plains serves as an opportunity for cyclists to learn about farming, ranching and other rural industries, while also experiencing the unique culture, history and landscape of Eastern Plains communities.

And each year, CEP and a number of other ag organizations use the event to connect face-to-face with the many urban residents who participate in the bike ride.

This marked the sixth year that the Office of the Governor has partnered with the Denver Post Community Foundation to spotlight Colorado's rural communities on the three-day ride.

Kersey, Keenesburg and Brush were the three Colorado towns highlighted during this year’s 177-mile Pedal the Plains, which took place Sept. 15-17. Learn more here

In the whirlwind of a new school year, let the nutritious, versatile egg be of service 

Bill Scebbi
Colorado Egg Producers Association executive director

We’ve entered an exciting time of the year for many families, as the late summer and early fall is witness to kids storming back into the classrooms and into the many activities that accompany the school year.    

However, it can no doubt be an overwhelming time for parents, with the calendar rapidly filling up quickly on youth-focused time commitments, and while also trying to address the many aspects that can determine a child’s performance in school.

There’s not one single solution that can bring calm to this frenzy, but – as crazy as this might sound – the incredible, edible egg can certainly be of service.   

Parents and educators know that children perform better in class and in afterschool activities if they’re consuming nutritious and protein-rich meals. This vital component of a student’s life has even been the focus of policy at the highest levels of government in recent years, with school-meal programs at the center of much political discussion.

That being the case, the all-around health portfolio that eggs bring to the table make them an ideal food for our budding leaders, while the abundance and diversity of simple, quick recipes to which the egg lends itself can assist time-crunched parents.

Read more here

CEP Board president steps 'Inside the Barn' for radio interview 

Be sure to check out this recent interview with Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Board President Brandy Gamoning ... and thanks as always, Brian Allmer, for taking the time to let us come talk ag with you "inside the barn!" Listen here

CEP taking part in Tacolandia in Denver Aug. 20

Colorado Egg Producers representatives and others will be on hand at Tacolandia from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, in Civic Center Park in Denver, and encourage any and all food lovers to join them at the event.

In addition to their delicious eggs on a stick, attendees can enjoy unlimited taco samples from 40 eateries, including Lola Coastal Mexican, Garibaldi's Mexican Bistro, Los Tacos, Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina, Palenque Mezcaleria, Panaderia Y Taqueria Contreras, Bubba Chinos, Los Chingones, Roxie's Tacos, Tacos With Altitude, Tortas ATM, R Taco, and many more.

Grab your tickets today! General admission tickets include entry, unlimited taco samples, live entertainment and a cash bar. Learn more here

Eggs among the top brain-boosting foods 

As students get geared up for the upcoming school year, you might ask yourself ... what brain-boosting foods could students be consuming?

How about eggs? Yolks are a leading source of choline -- a precursor for acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in helping you remember things.

Learn more here.

Hickman’s Family Farms earns humane certification for cage-free eggs 

Hickman’s Family Farms -- an Arizona-based company with operations here in Colorado -- just earned humane certification for their cage-free eggs through the American Humane Certified program.

The country’s first national humane organization and the largest certifier of animal welfare in the world, American Humane certified Hickman’s Family Farms because it met the program’s rigorous standards, which include meeting some 200 science-based standards covering everything from adequate space to proper temperature, air quality and much more.

The farm will now voluntarily undergo rigorous, yearly audits by professional auditors to ensure the standards are being implemented.

Read more here

CEP teaming up with Art Students League of Denver for 'Flat of Eggs' juried art exhibit

The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Art Students League of Denver for its "Flat of Eggs" juried art exhibition.

This exhibit will be on display at the Art Student's League of Denver Gallery (200 Grant St. in Denver) through June 16.

Be sure to check it out!

Anyone wanting to see the artworks that will be exhibited, and learn more details about the exhibit, can click here.

Eggs finally — and accurately — being incorporated into the heart-health regimen

The symptoms, causes and affects of heart disease have no doubt been well-documented for years, but the same can't be said about factual information regarding one of heart health's biggest allies — eggs.

Those days seem to rightfully be coming to a close, though, as technological and medical advances have allowed experts to better understand how eggs have a place at the table of heart-healthy eating, after years spent on various nutritional no-no lists.

Research has shown eggs indeed have heart-protective qualities, including one recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition that found a daily egg intake led to a 12 percent reduced risk of stroke.

Other research found that eating one to three eggs per day resulted in increased levels of high-density lipoprotein, also known as the "good cholesterol," as well as an improved blood lipid profile.

In fact, since mounting evidence has shown dietary cholesterol doesn't negatively affect heart disease, recent recommendations from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and American Diabetes Association don't limit egg or cholesterol intake, which is a change compared with earlier guidance from these organizations.

Colorado egg farms donating hundreds of thousands of eggs to families in need for Easter

The local farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association will once again be helping out the Easter Bunny this year, as they're partnering with Feeding Colorado to donate hundreds of thousands of eggs to food banks, and ensuring those in need will have eggs in time for the holiday.
 
Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend an upcoming event, where the Food Bank of the Rockies’ mobile pantry will be on hand distributing these food donations, and will also be joined by the Easter Bunny and CEP’s mascot, Eggbert. Personnel and equipment from Commerce City Emergency Responders will be on hand as well, as will the Churn and Burn food truck, serving up breakfast burritos.
 
Additionally, this Easter Egg-Stravaganza will include prize giveaways, with each attendee heading home with an Easter egg-dyeing kit, and two lucky kids being randomly selected to win new bicycles.
 
This marks the 10th year in a row that CEP has partnered with Feeding Colorado to help those in need, and CEP is proud to again contribute to the efforts of Feeding Colorado and the Good Egg Project -- an initiative to end childhood hunger through the American Egg Board.
 
Morning Fresh Farms, NestFresh, Opal-Foods, Sparboe Farms and Hickman Family Farms are the local operations that have produced and donated the farm-fresh eggs to Feeding Colorado's food banks for Easter this year.
 
“The farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers Association take seriously the fact that one in seven Coloradans don’t have enough food to meet their basic needs, and we strive to assist those families -- not only during Easter, but year-round," said CEP Executive Director Bill Scebbi.
 

Colorado Egg Producers play a part in Ag Day at the Capitol success

The “most popular event under the Golden Dome” was once again a success, as Gov. John Hickenlooper, state officials, the media and others took part in a well-deserved “thank you” to Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses during Agriculture Day at the Capitol on Wednesday.

And it was 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, took the lead among the 48 organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council and organized the event, while CEP Executive Director Bill Scebbi, CEP Outreach Events Coordinator Terri Heine and CEP board member Terry Tormohlen were also on hand to help out.

With an estimated 900 people in attendance, the event was highlighted by a cook-off competition that featured the teaming up of local chefs, lawmakers and ag representatives, creating dishes with Colorado-grown foods.

The CEP team took second place overall in the 14-team cook-off competition, under the guidance of chefs Klaus Krebs and Travis Barday of Isle Casino and Hotel.

Colorado Egg Producers Association Celebrates Colorado Proud Month

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Colorado Proud Month, which takes place every August, is an occasion to recognize and celebrate all of the fresh food and produce grown by our own local Colorado farmers and ranchers. When Coloradans buy local, they are supporting hard working farmers, ranchers and producers throughout the state. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association wants to thank Coloradans for their continued support.

“There are many reasons for Coloradans to buy local,” said Vince Ruscitti, local egg farmer and CEP member. “Locally produced products are fresh, high-quality and have less environmental impact. Eggs are a great example. CEP is proud to serve Colorado by producing fresh, nutritious eggs right here in the state.”

Colorado Egg Farmers Celebrate National Picnic Month

Monday, July 18, 2016

DENVER – July 2016 – To celebrate National Picnic Month this July, Colorado Egg Producers Association (CEP) invites you to learn about all the ways you can add eggs to your summer menu when packing a picnic and preparing on-the-go foods. Whether you are planning a family vacation, sending the kids off to summer camp or enjoying a day by the pool, eggs are a delicious and nutritious addition to your day.

“One large egg contains six grams of high-quality protein, plus many essential vitamins and minerals, in only 70 calories.” said Brandy Gamoning, marketing manager for NestFresh and CEP member. “Eggs can fill your picnic basket with the nutritious fuel your body needs, including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, choline and all 9 essential amino acids. Plus, eggs are naturally gluten free, have zero carbs and no sugar.”

Think "Beyond Breakfast" When Cooking With Eggs This Summer

Thursday, June 16, 2016

DENVER – June 2016 – While most of us know eggs primarily as a breakfast food, did you know that eggs can be easily incorporated into every meal or snack for the day? Eggs provide the high-quality protein and essential nutrients you need to gear up for fun summer activities and can provide the fuel to conquer that fourteener or run that 5K. Whether you’re packing an on-the-go picnic basket or preparing a healthy family dinner, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages you to fuel your summer fun with eggs for lunch, dinner, snacks and more.

“Eggs are one of the most versatile foods to cook with. They can add a great source of protein and nutrients to almost any meal,” said Terry Tormohlen, a Colorado egg farmer and CEP member. “With the weather warming up and summer activities in full swing, eggs can be added to on-the-go lunches, afternoon snacks and family dinners to help Coloradans fuel their fun.”

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