“Resilience. Innovation. Results.”
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union members and guests attending the farm organization’s annual convention will learn how to survive and thrive during the current downturn in the ag economy. The event will also offer an Innovation Fair packed with novel ways for producers to discover new markets, find more efficient ways to use natural resources including water and soil, and how to reduce expenses.
The general farm organization’s convention is set for Nov.11 & 12 at the Embassy Suites at Loveland, CO. “Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is organizing a great event for farmers and ranchers regardless of whether their operations are traditional in scope or specialized in nature,” says RMFU President Dale McCall. “We are focusing on learning activities and not just listening to speakers,” he adds.
A new feature of this year’s gathering will be an Innovation Fair which will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. The Innovation Fair will be open to the public and will begin with several speakers who will examine the current economic trends in agriculture and also analyze the Nov. 8 election results and how the newly-elected Congress and President will view ag policy. Innovation Fair exhibitors will take to the stage to share how they are finding ways to improve their operations and bottom lines. Topics will range from cover crops to direct marketing. Time will be allowed for one-on-one visits to allow participants to learn more. The Thursday event will close with workshops on grant writing and land access. Innovation Fair registration is set at $25 for non-Farmers Union members and free for RMFU members.
The convention itself opens Friday morning, Nov. 11. Speakers will include Dr. James Pritchett of Colorado State University’s College and Ag Sciences, and National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson. They will look at the current overall ag economy, which has weakened significantly in the past year and offer insights and advice on how to plan ahead to maintain profitable operations. On Friday afternoon an Ag Economist’s Panel will further explore the strategic options at hand to manage finances. The Harvest Moon Gala “Fun’raiser” featuring games, entertainment, and more will open at 6 p.m. The Gala supports the RMFU Foundation.
The convention will continue Saturday morning with a soil health panel that will delve into practical and potential methods to strengthen soil productivity for long-term growth.
During the two-day event delegates will introduce, debate, and adopt policy as well as elect officers and directors for 2017. Complete details are online @ www.rmfu.org