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Ag Day at the Capitol set for March 16 in Denver 

 

A celebration of Colorado’s ag producers and agribusinesses is set for Wednesday, March 16, at the Capitol Building in Denver.

 

The 40 agricultural organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council will once again host Ag Day at the Capitol, starting at 10:45 a.m. and featuring the teaming up of local chefs, lawmakers and others in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. 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 Golden Dome, attended by about 500 people, including the governor, state legislators, farmers, ranchers and many others.

 

Each year, the event showcases all that Colorado’s ag industry does for our state, highlighting its efforts in feeding Colorado’s 5 million-plus people, its stewardship of our resources, and its $40 billion economic impact — a top two or three contributor to the state’s economy each year.

 

The event will also recognize the ag industry’s incredible generosity to those in need. According to Kevin Seggelke, CEO of the Food Bank of the Rockies, Colorado’s ag industry is continually one of its biggest supporters. In 2015, the total value of Colorado ag products distributed by the state’s five Feeding America food banks amounted to about $15 million.

 

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