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

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

 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

Register for the 2014 Community Wealth Building Conference!

REGISTER TODAY! Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from two nationally recognized leaders in community wealth building during two keynote speeches and from many local leaders during fourteen breakout sessions.  You can read full session descriptions on the conference website here.  We will start the day with Ed Whitfield, co-managing director of the Fund 4 Democratic Communities based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ed will launch our day by laying the foundation for why community wealth building strategies are key to a healthy democracy and share examples of communities that are making tangible progress with... Read More

Bradley named General Manager of Farmers Union Service Association

Kyle Bradley has been appointed as General Manager of Farmers Union Service Association (FUSA) by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union board of directors. He will succeed Beckie Harkey, who will retire at the end of the year. Bradley has been FUSA’s production manager for the last two years. “Bradley will use his experience and vision to continue strengthening FUSA’s reputation as a leading insurance company in our region,” says Jan Kochis, who chairs the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) board of directors. “We are happy to have someone with such... 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