Legislative News

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

Colo., N.M. Lawmakers get Golden Triangle awards

National Farmers Union awarded the Golden Triangle Award to 40 members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership and support policies that benefit America’s family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.   This year’s Golden Triangle recipients were selected for their leadership on a variety of issues, including votes on the farm bill and related amendments. It is the organization’s highest award. The Golden Triangle Award is based on NFU’s symbol – a triangle with “legislation” and “cooperation” forming the sides and “education” at the base. The Golden Triangle Awards have been... Read More

September fly-in focused on COOL,Renewable Fuel Standard

More than 250 Farmers Union members from across America participated in the 2014 legislative fly-in to Washington, D.C. The fly-in focused on four priority issues: opposing any legislative changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and rejecting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s flawed proposal for 2014 blending targets; stopping any effort to undermine Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL); bringing attention to rail issues in the Midwest; and ensuring the Trade-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the U.S. and 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region is not supported in its current form.   Vilsack, McCarthy... Read More

COLORADO FOOD PRODUCERS WANT BALANCE IN OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT

AUSTIN, CO, July 31, 2014– A GROUP OF Colorado farmers, ranchers, brewers and restaurant-owners have joined forces to share a simple and important message: If you care about good quality food and drink then you need to pay attention to oil and gas drilling and fracking in Colorado. The Colorado Farm and Food Alliance for Resource Balance is a network of Colorado family farms, winemakers, brewers, food producers, chefs and restaurateurs, working together to ensure a balanced approach to energy development that protects our farms, foods, and drink.  The Alliancelaunched... Read More

Oil Shale Forces Us to Decide Our Real Water Priorities

Oil shale is once again in the news with Chevron’s recent admission ina court filing that development activities would require substantialquantities of water. As ranchers and farmers that rely on our westernlands and access to clean, reliable supplies of water, the RockyMountain Farmers Union is committed to ensuring that developmentactivities protect our water supplies that sustain our ruraleconomies.Our organization represents more than 22,000 family farmers andranchers in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. Sustainable,diverse communities are the foundation of our western heritage. Tocontinue to thrive and to produce food for... Read More

Up in flames: Flaring is Burning Money & Opportunities

By Bill Midcap Imagine 130 million cubic feet of gas wasted, up in flames, on public lands that could and should be generating revenue for rural America. This is enough gas to meet the needs of a city the size of Los Angeles. I know that flaring is not limited to federal lands. Currently Colorado is in the middle of the Niobrara oil development, and other states in our region may have smaller operations, but the impact is the same and flaring is highly visible.   We all are asking... Read More

Election Year Partisan Posturing Hurts Ag

By Kent Peppler, President Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a busy farm organization. We have a lot of irons in the fire requiring our attention 24/7, 365 days a year. We are a diverse organization with many interests and responsibilities including youth camps, our Young Fellows program, food policy, development of cooperatives, insurance operations, and a ton more. When I decide to write my opinion on a subject it is not uncommon for me to intellectually throw a “make believe” dart at a target full of different subjects that Rocky... Read More

“They Don’t Speak for Me” Campaign Launches

Denver, CO, July 9, 2014 — In an effort to dispel erroneous information about the proposed Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule and false perceptions that Washington, DC lobby groups speak for all farmers on the rule, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) is launching the “They Don’t Speak For Me” campaign today, by running advertisements in several Colorado newspapers.   The goal of the campaign is to make it clear that many farmers and ranchers in Colorado support the new common-sense protections for clean water as proposed by the EPA.... Read More

Western governors need to act now and find common ground for common sense solutions on Greater sage-grouse

This week, the Western Governors Association will meet in Colorado Springs, Colorado to talk through some pretty big issues facing the West. Not least among those are declining populations of the Greater sage-grouse, an iconic bird whose habitat covers 11 western states from Colorado to Montana and all the way to the West Coast. Unfortunately, as is often the case in politics, there’s been far too much chest puffing (like a male sage-grouse courting females) and talks of delay and not enough action. Western governors can change that. With their... Read More

Western governors need to act now and find common ground for common sense solutions on Greater sage-grouse

Next week, the Western Governors Association will meet in Colorado Springs, Colorado to talk through some pretty big issues facing the West. Not least among those are declining populations of the Greater sage-grouse, an iconic bird whose habitat covers 11 western states from Colorado to Montana and all the way to the West Coast. Unfortunately, as is often the case in politics, there’s been far too much chest puffing (like a male sage-grouse courting females) and talks of delay and not enough action. Western governors can change that. With their... Read More