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Markey Wheat Tour scheduled for May 27

Colorado

The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers will host the first annual Markey Wheat Tour on May 27. The wheat tour will include events in Prowers and Baca counties, and is an opportunity for wheat producers to meet and talk with U.S. Congresswoman Betsy Markey.

Markey's large Fourth Congressional District includes 17 major winter wheat producing counties on the Eastern Plains. During 2008, the district accounted for 83 percent of Colorado's total wheat production, valued at an estimated $297.9 million.

The first term congresswoman serves on the powerful House Agriculture Committee, which is responsible for federal farm programs, disaster assistance, federal crop insurance and other legislation affecting wheat production and exports.

Colorado wheat producers are invited to attend and participate in the following events scheduled May 27 (no RSVP required).

A breakfast program with Prowers and Bent County area wheat producers will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Stulp Farms located seven miles south of Lamar on Highway 287, hosted by Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp.

A lunch program with Baca County area wheat producers will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Terry Swanson farm located 10 miles south of Vilas on CR 36 and three miles east on CR T; or 10 miles south of Springfield on Highway 287 and 13 miles east on CR T; or nine miles south of Walsh on CR 44, five miles west on CR U, one mile south on CR 39 and one-half mile west on CR T.

For more information about the Markey Wheat Tour, please call 1-800-WHEAT-10, or visit www.coloradowheat.org.



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