For details on the fundraiser, grain elevator locations, or questions on how you can be involved, call the Colorado Corn office at 970.351.8201 or check on-line at www.coloradocorn.com
NOTE: On Monday, June 27, media are invited to meet farmers, Salvation Army officials, and other invited guests at the CHS Yuma Shuttle Elevator at 10 a.m. or at the Cargill Burlington Elevator 1:30 p.m. to discuss the program and provide an opportunity for photography, video and live reports. Please call the Colorado Corn office for location details.
Corn Farmers Lend a Helping Hand
June 20, 2011 – Colorado farmers can donate or pledge bushels of corn to help those impacted by the recent tornados and flooding in the United States thanks to a program initiated by the Colorado Corn Growers Association, CHS Inc. grain elevators and The Salvation Army.
“The idea of helping started with the tsunami in Japan, but with so many recent weather-related tragedies on our own soil, we decided our help is needed right here at home,” said Mark Sponsler, executive director of Colorado Corn. “Farmers are known for offering to help when a neighbor is in need, whether those neighbors are right next-door or several states away.”
Beginning June 27 there are three ways farmers can lend a hand: 1) simply donate a portion of any load of corn at a participating elevator, 2) pledge corn by calling the Colorado Corn office at 970.351.8301, or 3) donate cash by going to www.imsalvationarmy.org and click on the Colorado Corn button. Donations will be accepted through Nov.25.
“We look forward to helping make this a successful fundraiser,” said Steve Klee of M&M Coop in Yuma and Colorado Corn Growers Association board member. “Farmers can deliver grain to any of our elevators and designate the entire load or a portion to support relief efforts. Folks in agriculture are great about stepping up to lend a hand, and I think this is a great way for us to do that.”
Grain donations for relief efforts are not subject to the one-penny-per-bushel grain assessment. Therefore, 100 percent of the proceeds will be sent to the Salvation Army. A receipt will be issued for all donations.
Roger Miller, public relations director for the Intermountain Salvation Army, is happy to be working with the state’s corn farmers. “This is a wonderful way to pitch in and help people in need. Designating these funds for disaster relief efforts guarantees that 100 percent of the money will be used for that purpose and not for administrative costs.”