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LCC Hosted 2nd Annual SCALE in Lamar

 

Lee Swenson, Dr. Lujan, Andy Merritt

 

Several dozen area farmers and ranchers, coupled with about a dozen ag-oriented exhibitors attended the second annual Southeast Crops and Livestock Expo (SCALE) at the Lamar Community College Wellness Center on Friday, February 2nd.

The expo offers information from noted speakers as well as demonstrations of ag-related products. Several different ‘breakout’ seminars were held for the first time this year, covering topics such as a Colorado Wheat presentation on new varieties, Prowers Conservation District sponsored the livestock session presented by Gene Niles of Rocky Ford Diagnostic Lab on Livestock Toxicities, a Programs Breakout was presented by FSA and NRCS on federal agriculture programs and CSU Ag Economists presented a commodity price outlook and breakeven analysis.

LCC President, Dr. Linda Lujan moderated an early morning legislative forum which featured Lee Swenson, Senior Advisor on Colorado Rural Policy to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Andy Merritt, State Director for U.S. Senator Cory Gardner. The discussion focused on trade negotiations and inclusions in the Farm Bill.

Attendees heard a weather outlook presentation from Matt Makens KWGN/KDVR meteorologist and drone mapping by Jaron Hinkley from Barn Owl Drone Service.

The expo is a free event co-sponsored by Lamar Community College, KVAY Radio and CSU Extension. A noon luncheon was served by the Lamar FFA as a fundraiser to sponsor the group’s activities.

Participating vendors included: Frontier Bank, Legacy Bank, Tempel Ag Systems, Theron Hammer of Ed Jones Investments, Colorado Plains Irrigation, Skyland Grain, Fontanelle Hybrids, HarvXtra, Teeter Irrigation, Air Med Care, Golden Plains Insurance, Dragon Line Drip Irrigation, Legend Seeds, People’s Credit Union, Colorado Mills and Schweiterman Investments.

By Russ Baldwin

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