Tri-State sponsors national Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

From left, Gigi Dennis, senior manager of external affairs and Ken Anderson, Tri-State CEO, discuss agriculture programs with a Farm Bureau representative.

Tri-State participated as the primary sponsor for the annual Agriculture in the Classroom Conference that wrapped up last week at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colo. The program was aimed at raising awareness among teachers of the vital role that agriculture plays in all of our daily lives and promoting ways they can incorporate those messages in their classroom curriculum.

On Wednesday evening (June 20), Tri-State executive vice president and general manager Ken Anderson served as emcee for the “Welcome to the West” dinner attended by nearly 450 educators, administrators and agriculture industry representatives from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Among the key speakers at the conference was Eric Lane, director of conservation for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Agriculture in the classroom has provided an excellent mechanism for educating the youth of today. People are simply not as involved in agriculture as they once were – they need to know how the food they eat gets to their plates,” Lane said.

In his remarks at Wednesday’s dinner, Tri-State’s CEO explained that the association has a longstanding alliance with the agriculture industry, having been established 60 years ago by mostly farmers and ranchers seeking reliable power to continue running their operations and small communities. Anderson also noted that Tri-State is an avid supporter of FFA and 4-H programs and that serving the family farm through its member co-ops continues to be an important part of the G&T’s mission.

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