Colorado Proud Announces The Next Generation of Ag Statewide Community Tou

Part of a month-long commemoration of Colorado Proud’s 20th anniversary, focusing on consumers’ “appetite” for locally-grown food, agricultural relationships and innovation

DENVER, July 25, 2019 – Colorado Proud, a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is celebrating Colorado Proud Month and its 20th anniversarythroughout August with a month-long, statewide community tour through 13 Colorado communities, as part of its Next Generation of Ag campaign. Coloradans are invited to connect with Colorado Proud at farmers’ markets and other events to share conversations around agriculture, includinginnovation and technology and relationships with consumers, farmers, ranchers and retailers. At each venue, consumers can gather educational information from Colorado Proud about local agriculture and its impact on Colorado’s economy, heritage and environment; discuss The Next Generation of Ag; view the newly-launched Colorado Proud logo; and collect limited-edition 20th anniversary bags (for the first 20 consumers at each event).

For a list of Colorado Proud events, held in Denver and Boulder, please note the following:

For a list of Colorado Proud events, held in Denver and Boulder, please note the following:

Thursday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

Colorado Day celebration and launch of Colorado Proud’s The Next Generation of Ag Tour

History Colorado Center, 1200 N. Broadway, Denver

Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Union Station Farmers Market, 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver

Sunday, Aug. 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

South Pearl Street Farmers Market, S. Pearl St. and Arkansas Ave./Iowa Ave., Denver

Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Broomfield Farmers Market, 1700 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield

Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Boulder County Farmers Market, 13th St. and Canyon Blvd./Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

Colorado Proud’s story and 20th anniversary coincide with a growing consumer population that chooses to eat local foods, while simultaneously boosting Colorado’s environment, lifestyle and economy, with agriculture as one of the biggest economic drivers in the state. The statewide community tour supports both the current and the next generation of ag producers and ag businesses, while continuing to educate consumers about how essential food and agriculture is to Colorado’s way of life. According to Wendy White, Colorado Proud Spokesperson, “‘The Next Generation of Ag’ theme puts on umbrella over every aspect of agriculture that’s growing and changing – literally – and that is impacting our state with fresh ideas that supersede today’s agriculture.”

Agriculture consistently ranks as one of Colorado’s leading industries and is in the top 10 nationally for production of a variety of agricultural products. With more than 38,000 farms encompassing nearly 32 million acres, agriculture is a vital part of Colorado, supporting more than 170,000 jobs, contributing more than $40 billion to the state’s economy annually, and exporting nearly $2 billion in products every year.

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES:      

  • Colorado Proud newsroom
  •  Proclamation, signed by Governor Polis, declaring August as Colorado Proud Month
  • News release announcing Colorado Proud’s 20th anniversary
  • Fact Sheet with “by the numbers” and agricultural background
  • New Colorado Proud logo
  •  Infographic with stats about how Coloradoans feel about agriculture and food
  • Photos of farmers, farmers markets and local Colorado products

About Colorado Proud

The Colorado Proud Program was created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1999, to promote food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado. One of the goals of Colorado Proud is to make it easier for consumers to identify and purchase Colorado products by labeling them with the Colorado Proud logo. In 1999, Colorado Proud started with 65 companies; and in 2019, its 20th anniversary year, the program has more than 2,700 members, including farmers, ranchers, food manufacturers, restaurants, retailers, schools and associations statewide. Additional media materials can be found in the Colorado Proud newsroom.

To learn more about the Colorado Proud Program visit www.coloradoproud.org

The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture; promote a safe, high quality, and sustainable food supply; and protect consumers, the environment, and natural resources.  The vision of the Department of Agriculture is that Colorado agriculture be strong and vibrant, a key driver of the state’s economy, and recognized worldwide for its safe, affordable, and abundant supply of high quality food and agricultural products. If you would like to learn more about the Colorado Department of Agriculture stop by their offices @ 305 Interlocken Parkway in Broomfield, CO, give them a call @ 303-869-9000 or visit the CDA online @ www.colorado.gov/ag

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.