Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations, second only to mining. Many lives have been lost in Colorado the past decade alone due to farm accidents in addition to millions lost to medical bills with no way to calculate for lost productivity, increased stress, and other secondary impacts on the affected farming operations
Colorado has among the highest rates for injury and death in the farming sector with 10.6 to 12.5 injuries per 100 workers. (Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
In recognition of these facts, we continue to conduct Safety Seminars and just recently started a monthly Farm Safety Newsletter for producers in an on-going effort to help improve the safety culture of their farming operations.
Colorado Corn worked with the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture to prepare a special issue of the Colorado Reader, an 8-page student activity newspaper. The latest issue of the Colorado Reader focuses on corn and its uses by featuring numerous learning activities. More than 1,000 classrooms subscribe to the Colorado Reader each year at no cost to the school. Downloadable Issue & Teacher's Guide
Representatives from agricultural industry have collaborated to present perspective, data, and testimony before the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in response to accusations and assumptions made about agricultural activities, which are formulated into the model that will ultimately serve as the reference for regulation of our industry should it be deemed necessary. We are involved in that discussion to responsibly protect the environment and represent corn producers and the agricultural industry.
There are many organizations in the state focused on water issues. The Colorado Ag Water Alliance (CAWA) is the only group organized entirely on behalf of Agricultural producers that includes representation from all the major agricultural organizations and that is not bound by watershed or irrigation district boundary. Each supporting agricultural organization involves two member representatives and one executive level staff.
Our involvement in the Alliance is aimed at increasing the level of understanding about agricultural water issues and opportunities among participants. We also seek opportunities for collaboration among members to resolve challenges facing the future of agriculture on behalf of corn producers.