Norm Dinis, Empire Dairy, Wiggins, gives a tour of his family’s dairy farm to Colorado Governor Jared Polis. Courtesy CLA

CLA: Governor Polis Visits Northeast Colorado Dairy

Friday morning, a “Meet & Greet” was held in Fort Morgan with Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenburg. The event was very well attended and the dialogue was robust and the discussion ranged from oil and gas legislation to all day kindergarten. CLA member Ed Wilgenburg, Wildcat Dairy, in Fort Morgan shared with the Governor some of the challenges facing the livestock industry as well as the advancements made in the efficiency of production and the reduction of the livestock industry’s environmental footprint.

Governor Jared Polis addresses the audience at the open forum in Fort Morgan. Courtesy CLA

Governor Jared Polis and Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg get a chance to see newborn calves in the maternity area. Courtesy CLA

In the afternoon, the Governor and the Commissioner were hosted by Norm and Britt Dinis at Empire Dairy in Wiggins. The honored guests had the opportunity to see firsthand the care and husbandry that is provided to their cows. CLA Board member Britt Dinis, said, “Norm and I are very pleased that the Governor and the Commissioner took time out of their busy schedules to come to Northeast Colorado and engage with farmers and others from the agricultural community.”

Norm and Britt Dinis, Empire Dairy, and Governor Polis discuss issues impacting dairy farms in Colorado. Courtesy CLA

Earlier in the week, Commissioner of Agriculture, Kate Greenburg, was in Yuma touring local agribusinesses with CLA Producer Council Chair, Kenny Rogers. Following the tour, Colorado Livestock Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee hosted a community meeting where area livestock producers had a chance to engage in a dialogue with the Commissioner about her vision for Colorado agriculture.

CLA member Ed Wilgenburg, Wildcat Dairy, speaks about some of the challenges facing the livestock industry. Courtesy CLA
Yuma community members hear from Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. Courtesy CLA

The Colorado Livestock Association focuses on building relationships between producers, building relationships with regulatory agencies and legislators, and bringing forth future Colorado agriculture leaders. CLA has been a leader on behalf of its members in the regulatory and legislative arenas when it comes to issues impacting Colorado’s livestock industry.

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By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.