03-15-17 RMFU: US Senator Bennet to Hold Farm Bill Listening Sessions Across Colorado

Senator Bennet met with RMFU President Dale McCall and members who called on Capitol Hill last September. The growing economic pressures facing farmers and ranchers and the upcoming farm bill were key topics. (Pic courtesy of RMFU)

RMFU: US Senator Bennet to Hold Farm Bill Listening Sessions Across Colorado

  • March 20 in Fort Collins & LaSalle
  • March 23 in Yuma, Sterling & Fort Morgan
  • March 28 in Burlington & Limon
  • March 29 in Walsh, Lamar & La Junta
  • March 30 in Trinidad & Avondale

*See below for complete details regarding locations

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is partnering with local producers and agricultural organizations to hold listening sessions across the state in advance of his work on the next Farm Bill.

Bennet, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, held similar staff-led meetings with farmers and ranchers that informed his work on the 2014 Farm Bill. The 2014 Farm Bill provided new resources to rural communities, cut red tape by streamlining dozens of programs, and reduced the deficit. The bill also included important provisions to improve forest health, reduce the risk of wildfires, and strengthen conservation programs.

“The previous listening sessions we held across Colorado helped guide our priorities for the 2014 Farm Bill,” Bennet said. “I look forward to hearing again from Colorado farmers and ranchers – from the Eastern Plains to the Western Slope to the San Luis Valley – as we build upon our previous work. The experiences and ideas from Coloradans are crucial to crafting legislation that will support our state’s agriculture and rural communities.”

The Farm Bill governs our national food and farm policy, including crop insurance, nutrition, and conservation, and is typically reauthorized every five years. Lawmakers in the House and Senate Agriculture committees are beginning to develop the next Farm Bill, before the current measure expires in late 2018.

The listening sessions will gather members of the agricultural community to meet with policy advisors and regional liaisons from Bennet’s staff. Times and locations for the March listening sessions are listed below. Details for April listening sessions will be announced in the near future.

Space is limited, so please RSVP with this link.

March 20

Fort Collins


CSU Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center

CoBank Building

4616 NE Frontage Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80524



Eckhardt Farms (Machine Shed)

21454 County Rd. 33, LaSalle, CO 80645

March 23



Weathers Family Farms (Machine Shed)       

11600 U.S. Highway 34, Yuma, CO 80759



Northeastern Junior College

Hays Student Center, Tennant Art Gallery

100 College Ave., Sterling, CO 80751

Fort Morgan


Quail Ridge Dairy

13500 County Road 21, Fort Morgan, CO 80701

March 28



Midway Theater and Cultural Event Center

446 14th St., Burlington, CO 80807



Limon Community Building   

North Room

477 D Ave., Limon, CO 80828

March 29



Walsh Community Building   

100 N. Colorado St., Walsh, CO 81090



Lamar Community College

Buchanan Events Room

2401 S Main St., Lamar, CO 81052

La Junta


Otero Junior College

Student Center Banquet Room         

2001 San Juan Ave., La Junta, CO 81050

March 30



Mount Carmel Community Center

Ziccardi Hall

911 Robinson Ave., Trinidad, CO 81082



McHarg Park Community Center      

405 2nd Ln., Avondale, CO 81022