10-04-16 Colorado Farm Bureau announces Congressional “Friend of Farm Bureau” recipients…

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cfb-friend-of-the-farm-bureau-logo-100416Colorado Farm Bureau announces Congressional “Friend of Farm Bureau” recipients 

Centennial, Colo. –  Oct. 4, 2016 The Colorado Farm Bureau is pleased to announce members of the 114th Congress awarded the 2016 “Friend of Farm Bureau” award. The “Friend of Farm Bureau” designation is awarded at the end of each Congress to members who work to support agriculture and rural Colorado.

Winners for the 114th Congress are:

The Honorable Cory Gardner, U.S. Senate
The Honorable Mike Coffman, U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Doug Lamborn, U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Scott Tipton, U.S. House of Representatives

“The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is our thanks for standing up for Colorado farm and ranch families in Congress,” Don Shawcroft, Colorado Farm Bureau president, said. “The senators and representatives designated for this award understand how difficult it has been to grow food and fiber in this difficult economic environment. They also understand the need to increase world trade as well as eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens.”

Farm Bureau priority issues include a federal standard for GMO labeling, elimination of the death tax, transportation infrastructure and trade promotion authority. Trade has proven to be one of the most important issues to farmers and ranchers. Recent economic analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation has shown that the Trans Pacific Partnership would be an estimated $250 million positive impact to the Colorado agricultural economy.

“With commodity prices low and pressure on the farm economy, expanding markets can only benefit agriculture,” Shawcroft said. “But it isn’t just trade that’s important. Supporting GMO labeling legislation so Colorado farmers weren’t subject to the whims of another state legislature was key for Farm Bureau in 2016. Lastly, elimination of the death tax is a must if agriculture is to be successful. The death tax is the number one farm killer.

“It is gratifying to see the support of Colorado’s Congressional delegation for agriculture and food production and it is reflected in their votes. We thank them for their support,” Shawcroft said.

This is the 20th anniversary of the first Friend of Farm Bureau recognition, starting in 1996, and have been announced every other year near the end of subsequent congresses.

The diverse members of Colorado Farm Bureau come from all walks of life. They share the same values of family, prosperity and quality of life. Regardless of your station in life, where you come from, what county you live in or what your job is, CFBis working for you. Colorado Farm Bureau works to improve our state’s economy, natural resources, environment, and social institutions. Through work on education, youth development, environmental quality, sustainability, health care, and rural development, Colorado Farm Bureau is helping to make Colorado a better place to live. We are also focused on supporting charitable causes that help feed and cloth those Coloradans who are less fortunate than others. Learn more about the Colorado Farm Bureau – CLICK HERE