Agriculture department seeks wheat assessment comments

86523525The Colorado Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment about the wheat assessment used to market Colorado’s wheat.

Currently, 2 cents per bushel of wheat grown and sold in Colorado is sent to the Colorado Wheat Administrative Council to promote wheat and to fund research at Colorado State University, Glenda Mostek, communications and marketing director for the CWAC, said in a news release.

Prior to 2007, only 1 cent was sent to the CWAC. That year, wheat producers approved doubling the assessment; however, the policy had a sunset clause for 2014.

Now, the CWAC is seeking re-approval for the increase to 2 cents.

If not re-approved, the assessment will revert to the one cent per bushel assessment rate.

The CWAC has one of nine market orders operating within the state in which the goal of each order is to establish and expand the market as well as create and maintain the product as a viable crop, Mostek said.

A public meeting will take place to discuss the increase in assessment at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 22. at the Hub City Senior Center, 220 East Avenue in Limon.

Written comments may also be submitted via e-mail to markets@state.co.us or mailed to Casey Palmer at the Colorado Department of Agriculture, 700 Kipling St., Suite 4000, Lakewood, 80215. Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 24.