Capitol event to celebrate Colorado ag industry

An annual celebration of Colorado agricultural producers and businesses is set for March 16 at the Capitol in Denver.

The 40 agricultural organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council will once again host Ag Day at the Capitol. Chefs will team up with state legislators and others in a cook-off competition featuring Colorado-grown foods.

Producers, the public and media are all invited to attend the event, which takes place as part of National Ag Week. Ag Day at the Capitol has become one of the most popular events under the dome, attended by about 500 people, including the governor, lawmakers, farmers, ranchers and others.

The event showcases the Colorado agriculture, highlighting an industry that contributes $40 billion a year to the state economy and helps feed a state population of more than 5 million while also protecting natural resources.

The event also will also recognize the generosity of the industry to those in need.

According to Kevin Seggelke, chief executive officer of the Food Bank of the Rockies, the Colorado ag industry remains one of the biggest supporters of the food bank.

In 2015, the value of Colorado ag products distributed by the state’s five Feeding America food banks totaled $15 million. Colorado farmers and ranchers also took part in a friendly Super Bowl food drive competition with producers from North Carolina to determine which state could donate more to local food banks in the weeks leading up to the big game.   

“Our agricultural producers positively impact the everyday lives of everyone in this state, and it makes me very proud to be associated with this industry,” said Chad Vorthmann, executive vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau and chairman of the Colorado Ag Council. “For all that they do, our farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses truly deserve to be celebrated year-round.”