RMAA sponsors Ag Day and Food Bank of the Rockies
More than 500 sandwiches were provided to people and families in need as part of the National Ag Day activities held in Denver. The Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association (RMAA) was one of the sponsors of the event that will help Food Bank of the Rockies provide more than a quarter million meals to those in need.
“National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance created by American agriculture,” said Tony Leighty, RMAA President. “RMAA is proud to share what we are fortunate enough to have with Food Bank of the Rockies, in hopes that our organization can help make a positive change for those in need.”
The theme of the day was “American Agriculture: Abundant. Affordable. AMAZING” and focused on the important role agriculture plays in society’s present and future.
“Colorado’s diverse agriculture and food industry is a large part of our great state’s economy generating approximately $20 billion annually and supporting more than 108,000 jobs,” said Colorado Department of Agriculture Commissioner John Stulp. Steve Young, an RMAA volunteer and chair of the Legislative Committee, was on hand to make the hundreds of sandwiches to feed the needy. Sandwiches were distributed at the Ronald McDonald House, The Gathering Place and to legislators, staff and supporters following a rally at the Capitol.
“Members of RMAA play the role between the producing farmers and the grocery store,” Young said. RMAA has more than 700 members, representing nearly 250 companies within grain and feed, chemical manufacturing, distributing and equipment.
In addition to supporting the Ag Day activities, RMAA took part in a special meeting with Darci Vetter USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services. RMAA board member Keith Devoe participated in the meeting with Vetter to discuss the agricultural export trade. “The National Export Initiative is an effort to double exports over the next five years and the administration considers Ag exports an important industry to achieve this goal,” Devoe said.
It’s not hard to see why Vetter would be interested in talking with Colorado agribusiness leaders. Colorado is the largest grower of millet in the U.S, annually producing half of all the millet in the U.S. Our naturally dry climate offers ideal growing conditions, which resulted in more than $7.5 million in millet being exported from Colorado in 2008. Colorado crops are sold across the state, the U.S. and to more than 115 countries internationally.
“Everyone relies on agriculture,” Leighty continued. “It is important for citizens to be knowledgeable about our natural resources and how they produce nutritious food vital to society.”
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