Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Drone-safety presentation

Colorado Corn’s Yuma County meeting
to feature critical drone-safety presentation

Colorado Corn encourages farmers and any others interested to attend its upcoming District 5 meeting in Yuma, where attendees will hear updates about the organization and issues impacting the agriculture industry.

There will also be a presentation from Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association officials, who are looking to inform ag producers on safety and the liabilities of operating drones on their farms and ranches.

Colorado Corn’s District 5 encompasses all of Yuma County. The District 5 meeting is set for Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Irrigation Research Farm, located at 40161 Colo. Highway 59 in Yuma.

This district meeting will be taking place during the 2015 Yuma Farm Show. No RSVP needed.

 In addition to Colorado Corn staff, representatives of the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association will be on hand to discuss the "Think Before You Launch" campaign. This drone education and safety endeavor was created in Colorado and is now being launched nationally.

Drones are a new and exciting frontier in ag technology, as the small and relatively inexpensive unmanned vehicles could have a huge impact on farmers, by transmitting detailed information about crops to combines and sprayers, directing them very precisely to problem spots, and cutting down on water and other inputs farmers use in certain areas. However, it’s also a technology with potentially devastating consequences for farmers and ranchers if, for example, a drone they’re operating causes an accident – such as a collision with an aerial applicator or other manned aircraft. Education is critical. Learn more at http://www.thinkbeforeyoulaunch.org/.

At its District 5 meeting, Colorado Corn will also be holding board member nominations.

Nominations will be accepted for the District 5 director and alternate positions on the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) board, which oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars are spent on market development, research, outreach, education and other various endeavors. The CCAC board is also accepting nominations for its at-large director and alternate positions. Nominations for at-large positions can be made at any of the district meetings. CCAC board members serve three-year terms, and up to two consecutive terms. After nominations for CCAC positions take place at district meetings, appointment to the board would come from Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown on Oct. 1, 2015.

Nominations will also be accepted for the District 5 director position on the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) board. CCGA is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and agriculture in general. CCGA board members serve two-year terms, and up to three consecutive terms. Nominations for these openings take place at the district meetings, with elections taking place at the organization’s annual meeting in December.
For more information about the District 5 meeting, call the Colorado Corn office at (970) 351-8201, or email us at info@coloradocorn.com.         

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