Legislators get taste of Colorado

Colorado Department of Agriculture provides food to state representatives

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Once a week throughout this year's legislative session, state senators and representatives will be provided samples of food products developed in Colorado.

For the second year, The Colorado Department of Agriculture is delivering food to each government official in an effort to promote Colorado's agriculture industry.

"We want to educate legislators on the importance of Colorado agriculture," said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "Through this program, they'll not only receive a personal sample, but also information about the state's agricultural products ranging from eggs to artisan cheese."

The program might be something the department continues.

"It was really successful last year," White said. "We received a good response from the governor and representatives about the program. After each product was delivered, we invited the legislators to stand and say something about where the product was from."

White, who delivers the products to each legislator every Thursday, kicked off the program last week by delivering caramel popcorn made by the Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company.

No products from Moffat County or the Northwest Colorado area have been presented to the legislators yet.

So far, most products come from the Eastern Slope, White said, but companies from throughout the state are invited to participate.

To participate in the program, companies must be registered in the Colorado Proud program, which was developed to help consumers, retailers and restaurants identify and purchase agricultural products produced or processed in the state.

There is no charge to participate in the program.

Interested individuals should call Wendy White at (303) 239-4100.

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