August Declared Colorado Proud Month
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Summer in Colorado showcases a bounty of fresh produce, succulent meats and specialty foods at grocery stores, farmers’ markets and restaurants across the state. To promote Colorado agriculture and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Colorado Proud, Governor Bill Ritter has declared August as Colorado Proud Month.
“We are lucky to live in a state where farmers and ranchers provide us with an abundance of safe, high-quality food and agricultural products,” said John R. Stulp, Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “August is the perfect time to show our support by buying locally grown, raised or processed food products.”
Colorado Proud, created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1999, promotes locally grown, raised or processed food and agricultural products to consumers statewide. Currently, the program has more than 1,100 members including growers, processors, restaurants, retailers and associations. Colorado agribusinesses contribute nearly $16 billion annually to the state economy and provide more than 105,000 jobs.
“I encourage everyone to look for the Colorado Proud logo and buy local wherever you shop or dine,” said Stulp. “Buying products with the Colorado Proud logo benefits our local farmers, ranchers and processors as well as the state economy.”
To find Colorado products, farmers’ markets and recipes, visit www.coloradoproud.org.
The Governor’s proclamation states:
WHEREAS, the Colorado Proud program promotes the freshest, locally grown agricultural products in the state; and
WHEREAS, the Colorado Proud program is celebrating its 10th Anniversary; and
WHEREAS, the Colorado Proud program helps 1,100 Colorado companies market their food and agricultural products both domestically and internationally; and
WHEREAS, the Colorado Proud program makes it easier for consumers, retailers and restaurants to buy locally grown and processed products; and
WHEREAS, the Colorado Proud program encourages the state’s chefs to use Colorado-grown items in their daily menus; and
WHEREAS, Colorado Proud encourages consumers to buy locally produced foods which decreases food miles and assists in combating climate change; and
WHEREAS, the Colorado Proud program helps to ensure the future of Colorado’s agricultural industry—an industry that plays a vital role in our state’s economy;
Therefore, I, Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim August 2009 as COLORADO PROUD MONTH in the State of Colorado.