2019 Convention Agenda

The Time is Right - The Need is Now

Thursday November 21 * Innovation Fair *  DoubleTree, Big Thompson
Registration: Opens at Noon and closes at 5 p.m.
1 p.m. Welcome

Workshop #1: American Ag Credit on Positioning Your Operation for Financial Success
The bottom line of any farm operation comes down to red or black ink and the need to generate an income to both live on and invest in the future. Participants will learn the importance of a strong credit score and how to prepare financial statements and related analysis to help make better business decisions especially when working with a lender.

Workshop #2: RMFU and CSU Extension on Succession Workshop
This workshop is designed to begin the conversation of farm and ranch succession and transition for the senior generation of farm and ranch families. It will help individuals begin to document values and life lessons that they want to pass on, navigate inter-generational relationships, assess and transfer property and assets, and highlight available resources and services for successful farm and ranch transfer.

2 p.m. 15-minute break

Farm and Ranch Business Health Assessment
Financial and legal professionals will guide participants through the nine sections of the Farm and Ranch Business Health Assessment Toolkit. Those nine sections include: business formation; land; accounting; taxation; labor and contractors; production and marketing; credit, business plan, insurance, energy, other; and personal information.

3:45 p.m. 15-minute break

Innovation Fair – Doubletree, Big Thompson/South Platte/Cache La Poudre
From marketing, to production models, to cutting edge research, presenters will deliver a succession of “innovations pitches” about their work and ambitions followed by an opportunity to speak with each presenter.
Current speakers in the hopper include:
MORP – Jude Schudamker
Hunger Free CO –
Whole Farm Revenue –
Poudre Valley Community Farms/Historic Splendid Valley –
Simple Farms App – Scott Scheimer
NM Biodigester – Bob Hockaday
Alternative Cattle Feeds – Kirt Mautz
CO Mills – Zac Kreider
Haiti Farm Education
Indigo Agriculture
Nexent –
Nutrien/Helena –

5:30-6 p.m. Round Table Discussion – Cash bar available
Each speaker will host a table to lead further conversation about their topic. There will also be a general resource table for speakers to use for promotional and educational material.

4 p.m. RMFU Policy Committee – Doubletree, UNC Bears Room
6:30 p.m. Appreciation Dinner (Invite Only) Tower 56 Distilling
Dinner begins at 7 pm

Friday, November 22 * RMFU Convention *  DoubleTree, Big Thompson
7 a.m. Registration Opens
Silent Auction opens –
7:45 a.m. Singing/Door Prize Drawings
8 a.m. Opening Ceremony – Doubletree, Big Thompson – Dale McCall, Presiding
Presentation of Flags & Pledge of Allegiance – SYAC
Call to Convention – Ken Anderson, Secretary
Preliminary Report Credentials and Elections Committee
Call to Order – Dale McCall, President
Welcome – Representative Mary Young
Report of Rules Committee
Nominations for Directors District I, III, IV and President – Jeni Lamb Rogers
Treasurer’s Report – Ken Macy/Shelley Westphal
FUSA Report – Kyle Bradley, General Manager
Nominations for RMFU Delegates to 2020 NFU Convention – Jeni Lamb Rogers
Savannah, GA – February 29 – March 3, 2020

Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture9:15 a.m.

Hemp Panel – USDA is moving forward in integrating hemp as a viable alternative crop for farmers and ranchers. Colorado is ahead of the curve in this respect. Panelists will share their hard-earned insights into growing and marketing hemp, how different varieties and growing conditions measure up, and the financial challenges still at play as hemp move from a possibility to full production.

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. USDA’s National Appeals Division will review how farmers and ranchers may use the division to challenge the agency’s program decisions. If you’ve wondered how to get USDA to consider your point of view, this session will have the answers.

11 a.m. Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union President

11:45 a.m. FUSA/RMFU Luncheon – Greeley Rec Center, Aux Gym
Remarks by RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall

12:50 p.m. Door Prizes
1:00 pm Reconvene General Session – Greeley Rec Center 101 A/B/C – Jan Kochis, presiding
Drought Contingency Plan Report: Alex Funk and John Stulp. Since 2000, the certainty and security of the water supply Colorado River and other basins have been called into question. Continued drought or worsening water supply conditions in the Upper Colorado River Basin could increase the risk of Lake Powell storage declining below critical elevations. The Colorado River Basin States, federal government, and other stakeholders developed a Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) to mitigate the emerging risks. This session will provide an overview of the Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan and an update on ongoing efforts by the Upper Basin states to explore the feasibility of implementation.

Cooperative Achievement Award

2:30 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. RMFU Policy – Greeley Rec Center 101 A/B/C – Chad Franke, Chair
State Policy Adoption
Colorado – Greeley Rec Center 101 A/B
New Mexico – Greeley Rec Center 101 C
Wyoming – Greeley Rec Center 101 C

5 p.m. Harvest Moon Gala registration open – Doubletree, Centennial A/Big Thompson
5:30 p.m. Harvest Moon Gala Reception/Cash Bar –
6 p.m. Harvest Moon Gala – Doubletree, Centennial A/Big Thompson
Meritorious Service Award Presentation

FUSA Agent of the Year – Dr. Dale McCall
Farm Family of the Year Award – Dr. Dale McCall
9 p.m. Harvest Moon Gala Dance – Doubletree, Centennial A/Big Thompson

Saturday, November 23, 2019
7 a.m. Registration Open (Closes at 11:00 a.m.)
7:45 a.m. Singing/Door Prize Drawings
8 a.m. Convention Reconvenes – Doubletree, Big Thompson – John Field, presiding

Candidate Speeches – Jeni Lamb Rogers
Board of Directors Districts I, III, IV, President, and NFU Delegates

9 a.m. Healing Rural Healthcare: Diagnosis and Treatments
Moderated by moderated by Karen Tomke, panelists will include Colorado Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, Rio Grande Public Health Director Emily Brown, Colorado State Representative Bri Buentello, and a rural hospital administrator still TBD.

The final 30 minutes will focus solely on rural stress and access to mental health services for farm and ranch families and other rural residents. Dan Waldvogle will present what resources and tools NFU and RMFU are developing. Lori Ozzello of North Range Behavioral Health, Kim Fairley of Centennial Area Health Education Center and Kim Pratt of Suicide Education and Support Services will lead a discussion on awareness of and ways to reduce the stigma of mental stress.

10 a.m. Delegate Registration Closes – Final Delegate Roster
John Stencel Leadership Award – Harrison Topp

11 a.m. Final Election and Credentials Committee Report – Chair
Election – Jeni Lamb Rogers
Director District I, III, IV, President, and NFU Delegates

Noon RMFU Education Luncheon – Doubletree, Centennial A – Barb Marty, Presiding
1 p.m. National Policy Adoption – Doubletree, Big Thompson – Chad Franke, Chair
3 p.m. Break (inside room)
5 p.m. Convention Reception – Doubletree, Cash La Poudre – Ken Macy, presiding
Report of Election Results
Installation of Officers – Jeni Lamb Rogers
Closing Remarks – RMFU President Dale McCall
Convention Adjournment

Sunday, November 24, 2019
8:30 a.m. Board Reorganization – UNC Bears Room