Broomfield, Colorado – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is pleased to welcome four new appointees to the Colorado Agriculture Commission to fill positions left by members who have expired.
The nine members of the Agricultural Commission are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate. You are responsible for making recommendations to the Commissioner, Governor and General Assembly on agricultural issues within the state and enforcing rules and regulations relating to agriculture. The Commission is legally obliged to strike a balance between political and geographical representation.
“The four new members will bring new perspectives and new ideas to the Agriculture Commission to inform the Ministry of Agriculture’s goals and priorities. I am excited to bring new voices to our table, especially those with such diverse backgrounds and experiences, ”said Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg. “From the Four Corners to the Front Range to Yuma County and Watkins, the four new members live and work in different parts of Colorado but are brought together as a whole by their commitment to promoting agriculture in Colorado. I look forward to your contributions. “
The new members of the Agriculture Commission are:
Nick Trainor (U), Dist. 2 At-Large, 1st semester / expires in 2025. Trainor is a fifth generation cattle breeder who was born and raised in southeast Colorado. He holds degrees in animal science and agriculture from Colorado State University. Trainor worked as a division management specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Today he owns and directs the Trainor Cattle Company, which is located east of Denver. Trainor is a holistic plain pasture practitioner, is a member of the Ranching for Profit Executive Link Alumni Program, and is a member of the West Arapahoe Conservation District Board and Producer Advisory Council for the Colorado Collaborative for Healthy Soils.
David Blach (D), Dist. 2, 1st term of office / expires in 2025. Blach and wife Karla manage and operate a farm and ranch in Yuma, Colorado that was established on a homestead in 1887. The crop production includes corn, wheat, sugar beet, alfalfa and millet and the livestock production is a cow calving and feeding operation. The farm is an arid land and irrigation company that uses many conservation techniques in its agriculture and ranching, including soil conservation practices. He is a member of several commodity associations and was previously a member of the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Panel on Harmful Weed.
Simon Martinez (R); Dist. 4 At-Large, 1st term / Expires in 2025. Simon Martinez is the general manager of Ute Mountain’s Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise, a farm made up of 110 central pivot sprinklers that irrigate 7,700 acres of farmland. You build and harvest alfalfa hay, GMO-free maize products and assorted feed for a farm with 650 cows / calves. Martinez also serves as general manager for Bow & Arrow Brand, LLC, which grinds and packages products that are non-GMO verified, gluten-free and kosher certified, and is vice president of the Dolores Water Conservancy District.
Roberto Meza (D); Dist. 1, 1st term / expires in 2025; Roberto Meza is a Mexico City born farmer, artist, and local first generation food advocate. He started farming in 2012 and is inspired by the resilience of communities, farmers and food system workers who persevere despite adversity and hardship. Meza is the co-founder of Emerald Gardens, a year-round greenhouse farm in Bennett, CO, and the CEO of East Denver Food Hub, a local Denver-based grocery supplier. He is a member of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, vice president of the board of the National Young Farmers Coalition, and is a member of the leadership team at Mile High Farmers.
The Agriculture Commission, which ends in January, includes Steve Young, Brett Rutledge, Marty Gerace and Michael Hirakata.
“I would also like to thank the four distinguished outgoing members of the Agriculture Commission who have spent countless hours serving the state of Colorado and Colorado Agriculture during their respective terms,” said Commissioner Greenberg. “I am grateful for your advice and commitment to our state’s agricultural communities.”
The new appointees of the Ag Commission have yet to be approved by the Colorado State Senate.