Colorado Corn seeking applications for new ‘Farm Stewardship’ award

Sweet corn near Olathe, CO photo via The Nature Conservancy.
Sweet corn near Olathe, CO photo via The Nature Conservancy.

Here’s the release from Colorado Corn:

Many Colorado farmers are implementing some of the latest-and-greatest production methods, aimed at improving efficiency on their farms, protecting our natural resources, and enhancing air and water quality.

And now Colorado Corn wants to honor the producers taking these efforts to new heights.

The organization is seeking applications for its first ever Colorado Farm Stewardship Award.

“It will no doubt be a difficult task to select just one winner, when we know so many of our Colorado farmers are putting extensive time and energy into being excellent stewards of our resources, while also producing our food, fuel and fiber,” said Mark Sponsler, executive director for Colorado Corn. “But while it won’t be easy, we couldn’t be more excited about this new stewardship program. We feel this award will provide a platform for many growers to share their great stories – shining a light on the numerous, forward-thinking, best-management practices taking place on Colorado’s farms.”

The Colorado Farm Stewardship Award winner is expected to be selected by a committee comprised of board member representatives from the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), as well as other experts in agriculture, conservation and sustainability.

The announcement of the winner will be made during the Colorado Corn Annual Banquet in Yuma on Dec. 7.

In addition to the awards banquet recognition, the winner will be recognized in Colorado Corn’s communications and outreach efforts, and will also receive the organization’s nomination for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Good Steward Recognition – an honor that includes a $10,000 cash award for the winner, among other prizes.

Applicants must be Colorado Corn Growers Association members in good standing, implement conservation-tillage methods, and demonstrate practices related to soil, water or air stewardship.

Applications are due Nov. 18. The application can be found here.

If you have any questions, you can contact Melissa Ralston at, Eric Brown at, or call our office at (970) 351-8201.

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