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The Colorado Legislative Drive-In will be held Monday, Feb. 13, at the Scottish Rite Temple at 1370 Grant Street, Denver, with registration and refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. Following a welcome by RMFU President Dale McCall, members will hear from Ed Bowditch, who represents the farm organization during the Colorado legislative session. Members will also hear from Colorado Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Chris Wiseman and Danny Tomlinson, who handles government relations for the department. Senate Ag Committee Chair Jerry Sonnenberg will speak and House Ag Committee chair Jeni Arndt is expected to join us as well. After lunch, members will regroup at 1:30 p.m. in House Committee Room 0109 in the Capitol for further updates on specific issues from lawmakers including Senator Owen Hill.
The New Mexico Legislative Drive-In will take place in Santa Fe from 1:30 pm Tuesday, February 7 to noon February 8. Our New Mexico legislative representative Pam Roy will cover our agenda for the afternoon session and following day. The afternoon will focus on legislative and other agriculture issues during a round table discussion. We will also have a presentation about the Food Safety Modernization Act and Trainings, led by Susann Mikkelson and Harrison Topp, as they will be key to providing training in New Mexico. We will break to enjoy an evening at the Ag Fest where much of New Mexico’s agriculture will be on display. This is a good time to mingle with fellow farmers, ranchers, and state legislators. Wednesday morning will start with breakfast at the Hotel Santa Fe. We have invited several state and federal officials to just stop by and join us. We have asked them to briefly share priorities and discuss current and looming issues. We will transition to the State Capitol to meet with legislators. We look forward to sharing news, discussing highlights of the legislative session with our New Mexico policy makers, and engaging in rich dialog.