Colorado Corn Growers hand out awards |

Colorado Corn Growers hand out awards

Staff reports

The 1979 founding board of the Colorado Corn Growers Association was chosen to receive the Jean Serios President’s award at the organization’s annual banquet.

State Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton, and Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, accepted Colorado Corn’s Legislator of the Year awards, while Reagan Waskom of the Colorado Water Institute received the Friend of Agriculture award.

Formed by a handful of farmers 30 years ago, the Colorado Corn Growers Association is now engaged in market development, research and promotion, and educational programs that benefit the state’s corn farmers. Four of the 11 founding board of directors attended the annual banquet of the association to accept the Jean Serios Award which is given in memory of a past director whose dedication to Colorado Corn was exemplary. They were Elwin Poe of Holyoke, Kenneth Kauffman of Fort Morgan, George Idler of Lamar, and Ken Mellin of Kersey.

The Company of the Year winner was the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture, which was founded in 1991 to promote agricultural literacy in the state. In 2003, the foundation partnered with the Corn Growers to distribute a Corn Reader publication to schools across the state.

Also at the banquet, Colorado Corn presented a resolution to the Colorado Livestock Association for its support of the All American Beef Battalion’s “Steak for Troops” event at Fort Carson. Both Colorado Corn and CLA provided financial support and volunteers to help serve steaks to troops and their families. The troops had just returned from serving in Iraq.

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