Yuma producer appointed to nine member state commissions – Sterling Journal-Advocate

A farmer and rancher from Yuma is among four new appointments to the Colorado Agricultural Commission to fill vacancies left by members whose terms of office have expired.

David Blach of Yuma was appointed from District 2. His term ends in 2025

Blach and his wife Karla manage and operate a farm and ranch which was occupied in 1887. Crop production includes corn, wheat, sugar beet, alfalfa and millet and livestock is a cow, calf and forage operation.

Blach Farm is a dryland and irrigation company that uses rotational grazing and many conservation techniques, including soil conservation practices, on its agricultural and livestock operations.

Blach is a member of several commodity associations and has served on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Noxious Weed Advisory Board.

The other new members are Nick Trainor from Watkins of District 2 overall; Simon Martinez from Towaoc from District 4 overall; and Roberto Meza of Bennett of District 1. All four terms expire in 2025

Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg said the four new members would bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to inform the Department of Agriculture’s goals and priorities.

“I’m excited to bring new voices to our table, especially those with such diverse backgrounds and experiences,” said 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 by their commitment to advancing agriculture in Colorado as a whole. I look forward to their contributions.”

Trainor is a fifth-generation cattle farmer born and raised in southeastern Colorado who received his bachelor’s degree in animal science and agriculture from Colorado State University. Trainor has worked as a Division Management Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He now owns and operates the Trainor Cattle Company, located east of Denver

Martinez is the general manager of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise, a farm consisting of 110 sprinkler systems that irrigate 7,700 acres of farmland. They raise and harvest alfalfa hay, non-GMO corn products and pasture forage for a farm of 650 cows/calves.

Meza is a first-generation Mexico City-born farmer, artist, and advocate for local nutrition. He started farming in 2012 and is inspired by the resilience of communities, farmers and food system workers who persevere despite moments of adversity and difficulty. Meza is co-founder of Emerald Gardens, a year-round greenhouse farm in Bennett, CO, and CEO of East Denver Food Hub, a Denver-based local food delivery company.

The nine members of the Agriculture Commission 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 matters within the state and for enforcing rules and regulations related to agriculture.

Members of the Agriculture Commission, whose term ends this January, are Steve Young, Brett Rutledge, Marty Gerace and Michael Hirakata.

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