Melissa Walter, Director of Market Development and Member Services for Colorado Corn, recently took time to share the organization’s mission and its perspective on the value and rewards of supporting our state’s 4-H youth through the Colorado 4-H Foundation.
What is Colorado Corn?
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee manages the corn checkoff in Colorado, where we receive one penny per bushel of corn sold in the state. As per our market order, we are allowed to use those funds specifically for market development, research, and education on behalf of Colorado corn producers.
What is Colorado Corn’s history of supporting Colorado’s 4-H program?
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee has given a grant every year since 2013.
How is Colorado Corn currently supporting the program?
The CCAC gives the Colorado 4-H Foundation a $5,000 grant, to use as they see fit.
Why is supporting Colorado’s 4-H youth important to Colorado Corn?
Our organization supports Colorado’s 4-H youth because we believe in giving young people every opportunity we can to help them learn about agriculture, and life skills in general. They are our future decision makers, and many of them are our future farmers, so we hope that our yearly grant helps open their eyes to what it means to work and make a life in agriculture.
How does the mission of Colorado Corn align with 4-H values?
In our mission, we encourage farmers to be good stewards of the land, and provide services and education to our communities.
What is the most rewarding part of supporting Colorado’s 4-H program?
The most rewarding part is knowing that our dollars are going to an organization that supports youth development, teaches life skills, and encourages youth to be involved with agriculture.
Were you involved in 4-H?
Yes, I like to say I was “raised” in 4-H for ten years of my youth. Being a 4-H and FFA member opened my life up to agriculture, and my love for the industry comes from the days, months, and years I spent learning how to raise livestock. Not to mention, I had to learn responsibility, communication, and decision-making at a much younger age than most. I give a lot of credit to 4-H for my desire to make my life in agriculture!