Ag air quality workgroup schedules two meetings in February |

Ag air quality workgroup schedules two meetings in February

Members of Colorado’s Agriculture and Air Quality Technical workgroup will host two symposiums that focus on how to reduce the impact of nitrogen being deposited at Rocky Mountain National Park by ranchers and farmers.

The meetings will be Feb. 16 at the Steakout Restaurant, 19592 E. 8th Ave., Fort Morgan, and Feb. 17 at the Lamar Community Building in the Multi-Purpose Room, 610 S. 6th St., Lamar. The symposiums will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Scientists believe current levels of nitrogen being deposited in Rocky Mountain National Park are twice the acceptable rate, a Colorado Livestock Association news release said.

“The purpose of the Agriculture and Air Quality Technical Workgroup is to bring agricultural producers, environmental interests and regulators together to discuss how a collaborative approach toward reducing nitrogen’s impact on Rocky Mountain National Park can be a win-win for everyone involved,” said Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Livestock Association, in the news release.

“As a farmer, controlling nitrogen loss is an important part of resource management,” said Chris Tallman, past president of the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers and a Kiowa County farmer, in the release. “We are facing increasing regulations in every aspect of our business. Taking a voluntary approach to reducing nitrogen emissions helps us reduce nitrogen costs, be good neighbors, and avoid future regulations.”

To register for a symposium, contact Landon Gates at (970) 218-0284 or The registration deadline is Feb. 10. Seating and lunch will only be guaranteed to those who RSVP. The registration fee is $25.

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