03-25-15 Inside the RMFU with Jan Kochis: NFU Convention Recap and more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Board Chair Jan Kochis click the mp3 audio link below… 

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Jan Kochis, RMFU Board of Director Chair from Matheson, Colo.  And Dist. VI.

Jan Kochis, RMFU Board of Director Chair from Matheson, Colo. And Dist. VI.

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) March 25, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Board Chair Jan Kochis, discussing several topics including:

  • RECAP of the 113th National Farmers Union Anniversary Convention in Wichita, KS March 13-15
  • RMFU’s presence on Capitol Hill this week
  • Upcoming Events/Issues
  • Final thoughts

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a general farm organization that provides educational programs, cooperative business development services, and a legislative voice for family farms, ranches, and local communities. RMFU was formed in 1907 and serves members in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union & find out how YOU can become a member by visiting www.rmfu.org.

03-17-15 USDA Finalizes Procedures for Sorghum Referendum

USDA seal logoThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing procedures for the upcoming referendum regarding the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum.

The Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than seven years after the start of assessments, which began on July 1, 2008. For the program to continue, a majority of those voting must favor the continuation of the order. 

USDA will conduct the referendum beginning on March 23, 2015, through April 21, 2015, at county USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for producers and the Agricultural Marketing Service office for importers. Ballots may be obtained in person, by mail or facsimile at county FSA offices, or via the Internet.

Any eligible person engaged in the production or importation of sorghum from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2014, is eligible to participate. Individuals are required to provide documentation such as a sales receipt or remittance form that shows they engaged in the production or importation of sorghum. Continue reading

03-05-15 Inside the RMFU w/Ben Rainbolt: NFU Convention Preview, CO/NM/WY Legislative Progress, Industrial Hemp and More…

To listen to the interview with RMFU Ex Director Ben Rainbolt click the mp3 audio link below… 

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Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) March 5, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Executive Director Ben Rainbolt, discussing several topics including:

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

01-05-15 Inside the RMFU with Harrison Topp: Youth Development and Beginning Farmer/Rancher Programs and More…

To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Harrison Topp, click the mp3 audio link below… 

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Harrison Topp - RMFU 2(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) January 5, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Membership Field Representative Harrison Topp, discussing several topics pertaining to youth development & beginning farmer / rancher programs @ RMFU. Harrison, first off, tell our listeners about yourself, your background, and what eventually led you to become a part of the RMFU…

  • Topp’s background
  • RMFU’s Beginning Farmer/Rancher Programs
  • Upcoming RMFU Events
  • 2015 NWSS – RMFU’s booth in the Hall of Education
  • Upcoming RMFU Youth events
  • & More…

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

12-04-14 Inside the RMFU with Ben Rainbolt: Convention Recap, Beef Checkoff, Farm Bill Meetings and more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU Ex Director Ben Rainbolt click the mp3 audio link below… 

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Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 4th, 2014  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Executive Director Ben Rainbolt, discussing several topics including:

  • RECAP of the 2014 RMFU ‘AgriCULTURE’ Convention
  • Possible Second Beef Checkoff
  • Upcoming Farm Bill Informational Meetings in December across Colroado
  • & more…

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

09-04-14 Inside the RMFU with Executive Director Ben Rainbolt: NFU Fly-in, COOL, TPA, RFS, Midwest Rail Issues, Beef Checkoff and MORE…

To listen to the interview with RMFU Ex Director Ben Rainbolt click the mp3 audio link below… 

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Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 4th, 2014  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Executive Director Ben Rainbolt, discussing several topics including:

  • NFU’s Fly-In this weekend
  • COOL
  • TPA
  • RFS
  • NFU’s decision regarding Beef Checkoff Working Group
  • and much more…

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

07-10-14 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland: Waters of the US, Commodity Prices, Aging Ag Workforce, CO Farmers Markets and MORE…


To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Director of Communications, click the mp3 audio link below…

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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) July 10th, 2014 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s NEW Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • EPA’s “Waters of the US” proposed final rule and the RMFU’s “They Don’t Talk For Me” ad campaign
  • The recent slide of ag commodity prices
  • NFU’s Solution to the Aging Ag Workforce Problem
  • Colorado’s Farmers Markets
  • & Much More!

Additional Information and links regarding the EPA’s proposed Final Rule on the “Waters of the US”:

Comment period extended thru October

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union: Serving family farming and ranching since 1907…Learn more online @ www.rmfu.org

05-08-14 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland, the NEW Director of Communications…


To listen to the interview with RMFU’s NEW Director of Communications, click the mp3 audio link below…

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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) May 8th, 2014 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s NEW Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • Kjellands Background
  • 2014 Farm Bill Explanation Tour RECAP
  • 2014 RMFU Summer Camps this June
  • RMFU’s sponsorship of CO FFA awards/events
  • & MORE

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union: Serving family farming and ranching since 1907…Learn more online @ www.rmfu.org

03-04-14 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Gov’s Forum, CO Ag Hall of Fame, NFU Convention & MORE…

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) February 4th, 2014 – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, CO Legislative Issues & much more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…

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To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

02-05-14 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Farm Bill, CO Legislative Issues & MUCH MORE…

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) January 5th, 2014 – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, CO Legislative Issues & much more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…

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To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

12-05-13 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Farm Bill, Convention, 2013 Recap, 2014 Preview & MORE…

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) December 5th, 2013  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, the recent RMFU Convention and Peppler will also take a look back at 2013 and a look ahead at 2014 from his perspective for the RMFU…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…

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To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

11-15-13 *USDA Weekly Column* Vilsack: All Americans Benefit from Local and Regional Markets…

One very important reason for Congress to expedite work toward a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is to continue today’s rapid growth in local and regional marketing opportunities for American agriculture.

From local farmers markets to regional food hubs, these new opportunities benefit a wide range of Americans from all walks of life.

They benefit farmers and ranchers who are looking to start selling locally or scale up to regional sales. Farmers markets and regional food hubs have a particularly positive impact for small and limited-resource producers. Sales of local foods are growing rapidly, creating a multibillion-dollar market opportunity for producers.

Local markets also have an impact on our work to bring folks into the business of agriculture. As the average age of the American farmer increases, we need more new folks on the farm. Local and regional markets help these new farmers – who include returning veterans, immigrants and more women than ever before – get started and sell their product.

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10-23-13 USDA Deputy Under Secretary Bartuska to Present Sustainability Lecture at CSU on Oct 30th…

Ann Bartuska, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics.

Ann Bartuska, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics.

CSU Science of Sustainability PosterFORT COLLINS - Ann Bartuska, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE), will visit Colorado State University on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to talk about sustainability research.

At 1 p.m., Bartuska will present a free public lecture on “The Science of Sustainability: Multiple Approaches for Complex Issues.” The lecture is sponsored by CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) and will take place at the Lory Student Center in Room 228.

During her time on campus, Bartuska also will meet privately with CSU deans, administrators and SoGES faculty to learn more about the groundbreaking sustainability research being conducted at the University.

The USDA REE Mission Area is dedicated to the creation of a safe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system, and strong, healthy communities, families, and youth, through integrated research, analysis, and education.

For more information about the lecture, visit the website http://sustainability.colostate.edu/soges-events

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