Wheat meeting scheduled for Hayden

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Local wheat producers have an opportunity to get an update on what's going to be discussed on Capitol Hill this year regarding the 2002 Farm Bill Plan.

Wheat producers from Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco County are invited to a meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at Hayden Town Hall during which several issues affecting wheat producers will be discussed.

Dusty Tallman, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), will give an update on the current status of the NAWG 2002 Farm Bill Plan in Congress.

"There will be several presentations and the president will give updates on what has recently been done," said Casey Sumpter, communications and marketing director the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers. "He will discuss the possibility of a referendum to increase wheat assessments."

The meeting is cosponsored by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) and the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF).

The organizations are separate but have complementary purposes:

CWAC is a marketing order funded by a producer approved assessment of one cent per bushel that is used for education, research and promotion programs to increase the consumption and utilization of Colorado-produced wheat.

CAWG is a voluntary membership association that lobbies on behalf of wheat growers at the state and national levels of government and provides special programs and benefits to due-paying members, such as a workers' compensation insurance program.

CWRF is a non-profit corporation developed by CWAC to further educational and scientific programs related to wheat. CWRF acquires ownership of new wheat varieties developed at Colorado State University and collects royalties from the sale of certified seed to provide additional funding support to the wheat breeding program and wheat related research at CSU.

Elections will be held to elect new local representatives for CWAC and CAWG.

Jerry Schell is currently Moffat County's representative on both committees.

For more information contact Casey Sumpter at (303) 721-3300.

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