I read in The New York times a couple of weeks ago a truly startling statistic – that fully 90 percent of working Americans either feel unhappy or under too much stress in their jobs. Considering how many of our waking hours are spent working, such a statistic does not bode well for a sense of well-being in our communities. So what to do? There are loads of ideas out there for solutions to this vexing problem, but if frustration and stress result at least in part from a sense... Read More
This is a title© Peppler commended the Farm Bill conference committee for their hard work and urged Congress to pass the bill and end the uncertainty that has interfered with both short and long-term planning for agriculturists. He also rejected claims by corporate agriculture that the bill will hurt livestock producers. “Corporate agriculture doesn’t represent people who raise livestock, it represents the slaughterhouses and packaging industries that process meat for consumption. There are many features of the bill that will benefit those who actually raise livestock. In addition to disaster... Read More
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WASHINGTON (Jan. 30, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) is now accepting applications for the 2015 class of the Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI). The annual program is open to individuals who are new to farming, in the process of transferring an operation from a relative or non-relative to themselves, or contemplating a career in farming or ranching. “The Beginning Farmers Institute underscores NFU’s commitment to growing a new generation of family agriculture,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “One unique feature of the Institute is that participants direct the agenda,... Read More
The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Denver Botanic Gardens, and National Young Farmers Coalition present the second annual Front Range Beginning Farmers Conference! When: Saturday, Feb. 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., followed by social time from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a working farm at Wadsworth and C-470 Why: The average age of U.S. farmers today is 57. Two acres of farmland are lost every minute. Many young people dream of starting a farm, but lack access to land, capital, education, and training. So let’s... Read More
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Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Tax Credit Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Beginning Farmer/Rancher Benefits: Increase their chance to rent agricultural assets. Sign a three-year lease agreement on a farm or ranch. Forge a relationship with an asset owner for potential long term arrangement. Qualify for the Personal Property Tax Exemption (PPTE): Personal property used in production agriculture or horticulture, valued up to $100,000, may be exempted from personal property taxes. The tax exemption may be received each year for three consecutive years Deadline to apply is November 1st of the year preceding... Read More
Donald and Carolyn Fehringer are the 2014 Farm Family of the Year. The Fehringers are among the most actively involved families in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. Don was born in Nebraska in 1924. In 1929 his family moved to Peetz, Colo., where Don attended and graduated from Peetz school system. While growing up Donald went through the Farmers Union Youth program and was one of the first Torchbearer recipients. He passed away in February of last year. Carolyn Westphalen was born in born in 1927 in Nebraska, where... Read More
Saturday, January 10, 2015 – 3rd Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum at the Montrose Pavilion The conference has a wide array of breakout sessions which convey vital, regionally specific agricultural information in areas including maximizing crop and livestock production, innovative agricultural marketing and management strategies, and specialty crops. Please join us in working to improve the sustainable production, marketing and consumption of local food. This year’s theme is Unlocking the Secrets of Raising Great Food. Friday, January 9, 2015 – Seed Save the Rocky Mountains: Fundamentals of Regional Seed Production, a pre-conference workshop... Read More