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For Immediate Release
Contact: Bob Kjelland bob.kjelland@rmfu.org
Phone: 970-397-0039

RMFU Supports 6 Ballot Measures; Opposes 3
DENVER, Colo. — The board of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is advocating for “Yes” votes on six ballot measures and “No” votes on three others, based on how the impact of each measure will help or hurt farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

“These proposed changes to Colorado’s Constitution and laws are now in the hands of voters,” said RMFU Board Chairwoman Jan Kochis. “We’ve learned the hard way that every vote counts when it comes to making sure rural Colorado has a voice in its future.”

The RMFU Board, made up of active farmers and ranchers from across the state, is opposed to Proposition 112, which seeks to expand the setback requirement for oil and gas development. “As written, the proposition will simply strangle oil and gas development, while not achieving any measurable increase in safety. This ‘all-or-nothing’ approach isn’t the way to move forward,” says Kochis.

The board voiced support for Proposition 73 and its goal of improving funding for education. “For various reasons, funding for education is not matching real-world needs. We’re losing ground, and that’s not fair to our students, our schools, or our future workforce,” adds Kochis.
The state’s second largest farm organization also supports the following ballot items:

Amendment X: Change in Definition of Industrial Hemp
Amendment Y: Congressional Redistricting
Amendment Z: Legislative Redistricting
Proposition 110: Authorize Sales Tax and Bonds for Transportation Projects
Proposition 111 (Initiative 126): Limitations on Payday Lenders
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union opposes the following ballot items:
Amendment 74: Just Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government Law/Regulation
Proposition 109: Authorize Bonds for Transportation Projects

On Amendment 74, RMFU President Dale McCall stated, “We feel the amendment was poorly and vaguely written and has the potential to go too far. Our research into the matter shows possible devastating economic effects from a similar initiative passed in Oregon that saddled taxpayers with billions of dollars in legal fees. This is not the path Colorado should follow. There must be a better way to resolve our issues, together, and we believe Amendment 74 is not the answer.”
The board took no positions on the balance of the ballot items.

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

RMFU Convention featured Justice Hobbs and the history of water in the West

  The cooperative use of water for the common good helped build communities in the west long before the American Revolution, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs explained to delegates, members and guests attending Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s annual convention. For 19 states and the Republic of Mexico, western water comes from Colorado. Of Colorado’s 158 rivers, all but two have their headwaters in the state. The only two that do not – the Green and the Cimarron ­– barley pass through Colorado at opposite corners of the state. Colorado... 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

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

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

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Re:Vision Refined

A simple name change from Re:Vision International to Re:Vision reflects the commitment of cofounders Eric Kornacki and Joseph Teipel to cultivate a thriving community from the ground up. They are enthusiastically encouraging residents of this urban neighborhood southwest of downtown Denver to create their own economic opportunities by using their own hands. Today, Re:Vision (revision.coop/) is focusing on building a community food system, empowering residents to discover and develop their own leadership abilities, and creating community-owned cooperatives. “The co-op model really is the way of imparting community ownership and sustainability,”... Read More

Farmers Union Votes to Withdraw from Beef Checkoff Working Group

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