Legislative News

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Tax Credit

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

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Supports Balanced National Monument Proposal

Denver, CO, December 4, 2014 – The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) today announced its support for the proposed national monument designation of Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River, located in Chaffee County in Central Colorado. According to the agricultural group, the increased protection and higher profile of a national monument designation would benefit local economies, local agriculture and natural resources. “By permanently protecting Browns Canyon as a national monument, we are protecting one of Colorado’s most precious natural resources while continuing with multiple uses, such as grazing, recreation and... Read More

2014 Farm Bill Trainings this December around CO

Colorado producers will be able to learn the details of two key programs in the 2014 Farm Bill at a series of meetings to be held by the Colorado Farm Service Agency and sponsored by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Farmers Union Service Association, county Farmers Union chapters, and local agents.   Farmers will be able to make a choice between Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). This will be a one-time decision that will affect them through the length of the Farm Bill. Both programs are intended... Read More

Farm Bill meetings will explain ARC & PLC selections

Colorado producers will be able to learn the details of two key programs in the 2014 Farm Bill at a series of meetings to be held by the Colorado Farm Service Agency and sponsored by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Farmers Union Service Association, county Farmers Union chapters, and local agents. Farmers will be able to make a choice between Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). This will be a one-time decision that will affect them through the length of the Farm Bill. Both programs are intended to... Read More

Farm Bill meetings will explain ARC & PLC selections

Colorado producers will be able to learn the details of two key programs in the 2014 Farm Bill at a series of meetings to be held by the Colorado Farm Service Agency and sponsored by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Farmers Union Service Association, county Farmers Union chapters, and local agents. Tuesday, November 18 Sterling, 8-11 a.m. at the Northeastern Junior College, Hay Student Center Ballroom Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 340 S. 14th St. Wednesday, November, 19 Lamar, 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community College Auditorium,... Read More

You are invited to show up, stand up, and speak out

Follow This Link to Register for Convention! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rocky-mountain-farmers-union-convention-tickets-13913007179 By Kent Peppler It has been said the world is run by those who show up. That’s not quite true. Showing up is important, but it is not enough. The world is run by those who show up, stand up, and speak out. Trust me, if you don’t say what’s on your mind someone else will do it for you. You cannot expect them to have your best interests as their priority. In just a few days farmers and ranchers will get... Read More

New Mexico voters to decide on bond issues

By Pam Roy, Government Relations, New Mexico Voters will choose among candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor, attorney general, 70 state representatives seats (34 of which are uncontested), commissioner of Public Lands, judge of the Court of Appeals, district court judges, and the state’s three congressional districts in the U.S. House and Senate. In a state that is ranked one of the nation’s poorest in economic growth, food insecurity and education, policymakers have a full plate to contend with. Though the recession is officially... Read More

Wyoming will see a 30 percent turnover in its legislature

 By Scott Zimmerman, Government Relations, Wyoming Wyoming residents voting in the Nov. 4 general election will choose one U.S senator, their lone U.S. representative and their top five elected officials: governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor and superintendant of public instruction. Wyoming has one ballot issue.  If passed, it would allow the governor to appoint non-residents to the Board of Trustees at the University of Wyoming.  Currently only residents of the state can serve. This would broaden the applicant pool for prospective appointees. In statehouse races, 15 of... Read More

Colorado Farmer, R.E.M. Song Featured in Waters of the U.S. Video

DENVER, Colo.) – In advance of the October 18 anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) today released a new video in support of the proposed Waters of the U.S. clean water rule. The video stars fifth-generation San Luis Valley rancher and farmer Alfonso Abeyta, and uses with permission of the band R.E.M., their song, “Cuyahoga,” about the Ohio river that caught fire (although not the first time) in 1969. The fire and subsequent Time magazine coverage motivated Congress to pass the Clean Water Act... Read More

Farmers Union Votes to Withdraw from Beef Checkoff Working Group

 National Farmers Union board of directors voted to withdraw from the beef checkoff working group, effective immediately. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement: “After three years of pushing for real reforms in the beef check-off program, NFU has decided that the process has become a bridge to nowhere and a waste of time and resources. The working group was designed to bring together vested parties from across the beef industry and to attempt to reach a consensus on substantial reforms that would make the check-off a stronger, more... Read More