03-16-17 Colorado Farm Bureau Continues as the Voice of Agriculture

Colorado Farm Bureau Continues as the Voice of Agriculture

Centennial, Colo. –  March 16, 2017 – As the 2017 Colorado Legislative Session passes the midway mark, Colorado Farm Bureau is working diligently with legislators and industry groups representing Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.

“Colorado Farm Bureau has reviewed every one of the nearly 462 bills that have been introduced,” said Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “We have taken positions on nearly 40 bills, many dealing with water. We continue to stand firm in protecting the Colorado Prior Appropriation Doctrine and continue to make our voice heard on all water legislation throughout the 2017 Legislative Session.”

Prior to the start of the general assembly, Colorado Farm Bureau designated the following six areas as priorities for the legislative session: water, property rights, infrastructure, animal welfare, energy and wildlife. Midway through the 2017 legislative session, CFB has addressed bills concerning water, conservation easement landowner relief, autonomous vehicles, broadband deployment, transportation funding, industrial hemp, and implementing Amendment 71.

“Food, water and ag issues are non-partisan, so we work hard with the leaders and individual members of both parties in both chambers to promote and protect agriculture and rural Colorado,” Shawcroft stated.

The Colorado Legislative Session lasts for 120 days from January to May and is scheduled to adjourn on May 10.

Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with more than 25,000 members across Colorado. CFB seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values.