CO Ag Day at the Capitol – On March 18th, the Colorado Ag Council, of which CACD is a member, held its “Ag Day at the Capitol” event. Due to illness, CACD’s Executive Director, Sharon Pattee was unable to attend, however CACD’s lobbyist Brett Moore and CACD’s NACD Alternate Bob Warner attended this annual salute to agriculture gathering by dozens of CO’s agriculture related entities. The highlight is a “cook-off” between several of Colorado’s top chefs, preparing meats and vegetables produced statewide, and then served to those in attendance. The 2015 “Ag Day at the Capitol” proved again to be a fabulous success--promoting the importance of agriculture in Colorado.
NACD Washington DC Spring Fly-in – Gary Moyer, CACD’s Board President, attended this annual event at our nation’s Capital in Washington DC. More than 100 Soil and Water Conservation District state Association representatives, supervisors, and employees participate in this important legislative gathering to meet with Senate and House Representative members of the U.S. Congress in order to express their particular state’s natural resource conservation issues and concerns. Gary met with a number of Colorado’s legislators and/or their staff members, including U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, along with U.S. House Representatives Scott Tipton and Ken Buck.
2015 CO Envirothon – The CO Envirothon’s Steering and Program Committees met in Colorado Springs for a face-to-face meeting on March 20th, in order to finalize the curriculum details for this year’s event. CO Envirothon is CACD’s statewide natural resource competition for high school students, 4-H and FFA groups. The 2015 contest is being held on May 14 – 15, at Cole Park in Alamosa. There is no entry fee this year and the deadline to enter your school or club team is April 15th! Check out the COE website that is being constantly updated at: www.coloenvirothon.com.
2015 Camp Rocky – Planning is well underway for 2015 Camp Rocky program! Amy Gossman is returning as out Camp Director, with camp being held this year during the week of July 5 – 13, just outside of Divide, CO. This co-ed camp is for 14 – 18 year olds, who are interested in learning about Natural Resource Conservation. There are 4 conservation based disciplines—soil and water, forestry, range management, and wildlife. Amy has her educators/instructors and the junior leaders ready to go and will have a face-to-face meeting of the group sometime in late April or early May. Camp Rocky is one of the most supported CACD programs by the Conservation Districts, many Districts helping to sponsor our future conservation leaders for week at summer camp. Please check out the latest Camp Rocky news on CACD’s website, along with the 2015 forms, at: www.coloradoacd.org under the “Education and Events” tab.
CACD’s 2015 Annual Meeting – Planning is also underway for CACD’s 2015 Annual Meeting, to be held on the western slope this year at the beautiful Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, November 15 – 19. We were able to secure double occupancy rooms at this fabulous new facility for $109.00 per night. The first Program Committee teleconference will be held in mid-April in order to discuss the theme and the meeting content for this year’s conference. If you would like to get involved with the input for our conference this year, please let us know so that you can be added to the contact group.
2015 Annual District Dues – A big THANK YOU to those Districts that have paid their 2015 annual dues to CACD! These annual dues are necessary to CACD’s administrative operations. It was the Districts that decided in the 1940’s that they needed a “state association” to make sure that their collective voice was heard by the Colorado Legislature and other Ag related groups statewide. CACD assures and obtains your annual Direct Assistance funding from the state. Make sure that your District is part of the statewide team of Districts that supports your state association!