A Yuma farmer-rancher is among four new appointees to the Colorado Agricultural Commission, filling vacancies left behind by members whose terms have expired.
David Blach of Yuma was appointed from District 2. His term will expire in 2025
Blach and wife his Karla manage and operate a farm and ranch that was homesteaded in 1887. Crop production includes corn, wheat, sugar beets, alfalfa, and millet and the livestock production is a cow-calf and feeder operation.
The Blach farm is a dryland and irrigated enterprise that uses rotational grazing range management and many conservation techniques in their farming and ranching operations, including soil conservation practices.
Blach is a member of several commodity associations and has served on the Colorado Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed Advisory Board.
The other new members are Nick Trainor of Watkins, from District 2 at large; Simon Martinez of Towaoc, from District 4 at large; and Roberto Meza of Bennett, from District 1. All four terms expire in 2025
Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg said the four new members will bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to inform the goals and priorities of the Department of Agriculture.
“ I’m pleased to bring new voices to our table, especially those of such varied backgrounds and experiences,” Greenberg said. “From the Four Corners, through the Front Range, to Yuma County and Watkins, the four new members live and work in different parts of Colorado but are brought together by their dedication to advancing Colorado agriculture as a whole. I am looking forward to their contributions.”
Trainor is a fifth-generation cattle rancher born and raised in southeastern Colorado, who graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in animal science and ag business. Trainor has worked as a range management specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He now owns and manages Trainor Cattle Company, located east of Denver
Martinez is the General Manager of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise, a farm which consists of 110 center pivot sprinklers, which irrigate 7,700 acres of farmland. They grow and harvest alfalfa hay, non-GMO corn products and range feed for a 650 cow/calf operation.
Meza is a first-generation farmer, artist, and local food advocate born in Mexico City. He started farming in 2012 and is inspired by the resilience of communities, farmers, and food systems workers, who persevere despite moments of adversity and hardship. Meza is the co-founder of Emerald Gardens, a year-round greenhouse farm in Bennett, CO, and CEO of East Denver Food Hub, a local food supplier based in Denver.
The Agricultural Commission’s nine members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. They are responsible for making recommendations to the commissioner, the governor and the General Assembly regarding agricultural issues within the state and enforcing rules and regulations related to agriculture.
Agriculture Commission members whose terms are ending this January are Steve Young, Brett Rutledge, Marty Gerace, and Michael Hirakata.
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