02-01-17 RMFU Colorado Legislative Drive-In: We’re Putting You at the Table


RMFU Colorado Legislative Drive-In: We’re Putting You at the Table

Four RMFU events will be held the same weekend, allowing our members to get the most value from their investment in time and travel to Denver later this month. The Fellows Class for 2017 will meet for the first time, county and chapter officers will attend training sessions, as will RMFU delegates to the National Farmers Union convention. Although these events will be held on the weekend, the main attraction will be the Colorado Legislative Drive-In on Monday.

The Fellows Class will begin its first sessions on Saturday morning, Feb. 11, at the RMFU office in Denver. Topics will include a Farm Bill 101 session with Lee Swenson and the history and purpose of RMFU by Jennifer Luitjens Bahr. Fellows will also hear “Making It Happen for Producers & Consumers from Tom Lipetsky of the Colorado Department of Agriculture and an update on USDA Rural Development programs by April Dahlager.

The Fellows will join RMFU county and chapter officers on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn (not far from the RMFU office) for a day of learning and sharing. Th  event will open with Dr. Mike Martin of Colorado State University talking about recognizing, understanding, and appreciating individual values and what it means to be an agriculturalist. Former Fellow and NFU/RMFU intern Jimmy Dula will talk about eing a leader in agriculture. During the afternoon the group will work together to look at issues affecting their hometown communities and finding ways to address them through local and statewide activities.

Delegates to the NFU convention to be held in early March in San Diego will meet separately to review policy priorities and how best to represent members during policy discussions on the convention floor.

RMFU President Dale McCall will close out the day’s activities, after which members will have time to visit during a reception.

The Colorado Legislative Drive-In is open to all members and will be held Monday, Feb. 13, at the Scottish Rite Temple at 1370 Grant Street, Denver, with registration and refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. Following a welcome by RMFU President Dale McCall, members will hear from Ed Bowditch, who represents the farm organization during the Colorado legislative session. Members will also hear from Colorado Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Chris Wiseman and Danny Tomlinson, who handles government relations for the department. Senate Ag Committee Chair Jerry Sonnenberg will speak and House Ag Committee chair Jeni Arndt is expected to join us as well. After lunch, members will regroup at 1:30 p.m. in House Committee Room 0109 in the Capitol for further updates on specific issues from lawmakers including Senator Owen Hill.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a general farm organization, whose members live in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.