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Financial Assistance for Organic Certification
BROOMFIELD, CO: Financial assistance is available
for Colorado companies with an organic certifica-
tion. In order to qualify for this year¡¯s reimburse-
ment, producers and handlers must have received
certification or continuation of certification by a
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited
certifying agent commencing October 1, 2015
through September 30, 2016.
Under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of
2013, cost share assistance payments are limited
to 75 percent of an individual producer¡¯s or han-
dler¡¯s certification costs up to a maximum of $750
per category of certification. These funds will be
distributed until exhausted on a first-come first-
serve basis. The deadline for submitting applica-
tion is November 15, 2016.
Applications for the reimbursements should be
submitted after the certification process is com-
plete and all fees have been paid. Proof of certifi-
cation and certification fees paid must be submit-
ted with your application.
The cost-share program is through a cooperative
agreement between the USDA and the Colorado
Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Indus-
try. CDA is accredited by the USDA as an organic
state certifier under the National Organic Program
and currently certifies approximately 200 Colo-
rado facilities. Producers and handlers who use
other certifying agencies may still qualify for this
cost-share program but must contact CDA for the
appropriate forms.
For copies of the cost assistance forms visit:
www.colorado.gov/ag/dpi or call Barbara Rosen-
bach at: 303.869.9051
rounded tablespoons, rolling each into a ball. Place
on parchment-lined baking sheets. Pat to 1/2-inch
high disks. Bake 15-18 minutes. Cool completely.
Drizzle with Dulce de leche, sprinkle on pecans.
The Colorado State Fair runs August 26-Septem-
ber 5, 2016. For more information visit: www.
coloradostatefair.com
The 2016 Colorado State Fair will mark the Fair¡¯s
144th year as Colorado¡¯s premier celebration of
agriculture. The Fairgrounds provides nearly $34
million in economic activity to Colorado throughout
the year; $29 million of that activity is driven by
the annual State Fair event. In addition to show-
casing Colorado agriculture, the annual event
features one of the country¡¯s largest traveling car-
nivals, artwork, crafts, food competitions, thrilling
rodeo action, a wide variety of food and merchan-
dise booths and a Fiesta Day honoring Colorado¡¯s
ties to the Hispanic culture.
Food & Dining
2016 August/September
Pg 11 - The Sunshine Express
Award-Worthy Cookies Wanted
for the Colorado State Fair
PUEBLO, CO: Bakers, warm up the ovens, for
the Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest at the
Colorado State Fair. The competition will reward
the most delicious, unique and flavorful cookies
from area bakers.
The entry fee is only $5 and cash prizes await
the top three finishers, including a $200 award
for first place, $100 for second and $50 for
third.
Using the premium quality of Gold Medal Flour,
contestants are asked to create their own
unique cookie recipe for any kind of cookie from
scratch. Any style, size or shape is welcome.
Let your taste buds and imagination run wild.
Judges choose winning recipes based on ap-
pearance, flavor, and texture.
The deadline to enter the Gold Medal Flour
Cookie Contest is September 1, through the
Fair¡¯s General Entry office, Monday-Friday, 8a-
5p, or call 719.404.2080. New this year, exhibi-
tors can now enter online. For more information
visit: www.coloradostatefair.com/events/2016/
gold-medal-flour-cookie-contest
For inspiration, try these Caramel Corn Cookies,
a past blue ribbon winner.
Caramel Corn Cookies:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1 /2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/3 cups All-Purpose Gold Medal Flour
1/4 cup corn flour
2/3 cup freeze-dried corn powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Dulce de leche (from 13.4 oz can)
1/3 cup chopped pecans
Directions: Combine butter, shortening and
sugars. Beat 2 minutes. Add vanilla and egg.
Beat 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, Gold Medal
flour, corn flour, corn powder, baking powder,
baking soda and salt. Mix until dough comes
together. Cover and chill dough 1 hour. Preheat
oven to 350 degrees F. Portion out dough by
¡°In today¡¯s global economy it is vital that com-
panies factor in an export plan to better diver-
sify their client base and be able to compete
both at home and abroad,¡± said John Addison,
International Marketing Specialist at the Colo-
rado Department of Agriculture. ¡°We are happy
to provide many of the resources necessary to
help Colorado companies succeed globally.¡±
Seminar topics and presenters include:
** How to access federal funds to promote ex-
ports, Western United States Agricultural Trade
Association (WUSATA)
** How to reduce risk and guarantee payment
when exporting, Export-Import Bank
** How to acquire finances to build your busi-
ness, Small Business Administration (SBA)
** How to understand international shipping
and logistics, Expeditors
** How to utilize local resources, Colorado
Department of Agriculture International Markets
Division
Customers from more than 115 countries pur-
chased Colorado food and agricultural products
in 2015. The International Trade Administration
suggests that each $1 of exports generates an-
other $1.40 of supporting economic activity and
that each $1 billion of exports supports 5,080
jobs.
The seminar will be held at the Colorado Depart-
ment of Agriculture, 305 Interlocken Parkway,
Broomfield, CO, 80021. For more information
and to register visit: www.coloradoagriculture.
com
The seminar is free to attend and lunch will be
provided.
Always Time For This Snack
Are you looking for a quick and easy to make
snack? Well, here is a quick snack recipe
straight from KingDaddy¡¯s own secret recipe
vault (shhh... don¡¯t tell him!). This treat only
takes a few moments to prepare yet makes for
a hearty snack, especially for those with the
tightest of schedules.
KingDaddy Pizza Bites
Ingredients: Ritz crackers (about 12 pcs.),
Pepperoni slices, Italian blend shredded cheese
Directions: Place a paper towel on a large mi-
crowave safe plate. Arrange ritz crackers evenly
on the paper towel covered plate. Add one or
two slices of pepperoni on top of each cracker.
Place a small pinch of Italian cheese blend on
top of the pepperoni. Place the plate uncovered
into the a microwave oven and cook on high for
25-35 seconds. Remove from oven and let cool
briefly and then dig in. Quick and delicious!
First Come, First Served
Export Seminar September 1
Seminar Helps Colorado Companies
Develop Export Markets
BROOMFIELD, CO, July 25, 2016: Exports of Colo-
rado food and agricultural products have tripled in
the past decade, reaching $2 billion in 2014.
To help Colorado companies develop export oppor-
tunities, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is
hosting an Export Seminar on September 1, 2016,
9am-5pm in Broomfield. The seminar is designed
to help companies new to exporting or companies
looking to increase already established exports.
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