Join us for the 2021 Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Drive-In and Leadership Summit, during which we will be delivering an amazing line-up of deep-dive topics, legislative meetings, educational opportunities, and officer training materials. Since we will be virtual, we are spreading events over the week of February 6-13. To help manage the event, we are asking that all participants please register here.
Everything in the agenda is a la carte so you can choose which events to attend, and we hope you join as many sessions as possible. These events are open to all RMFU members.
Saturday, February 6: 10 am – 2 pm Grain Forum
We’re partnering with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and the Colorado Grain Chain, to host a forum dedicated to farming heritage and ancient grains.
Monday, February 8, Noon – 1pm: Bringing Meat Packing Closer to Home
Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg from Colorado, Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte from New Mexico, and Director or Agriculture Doug Miyamoto from Wyoming join us to discuss each state’s role in supporting meat processors and the ranchers who rely on them to add value to the animals and increase market opportunities.
Monday, February 8, 1 – 3 pm: The Colorado River Flow Outlook for 2021
Learn how Snotel experts with the USDA measure snowpack and forecast streamflow, and how you can use tools to assess your own area. Presented by Brian Domonkos and Karl Wetlaufer.
Monday, February 8, 5 – 7 pm: Setting the Agenda on Climate, Carbon, and Soil
Big hitters from state and national organizations are coming together to discuss the roadmap toward combatting climate change by leveraging the resource that farmers and ranchers know best: their soils. Panelists will be:
Jenny Hopkinson of NFU, co-author of the Food and Ag Climate Alliance Recommendations
John Stulp and Darrel Hanavan, authors of Call to Action, Farmers and Ranchers Committed to a Sustainable Future
Jay Norton, Professor at University of Wyoming, Soil Health and Nutrient Cycling
Robb Hirsch and Eva Stricker, NM Soil Health Program and the Quivira Carbon Ranching Initiative
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Protecting our Water Rights and Resources
Drought, demand management, Alternative Transfer Methods, collaboration, ag vs. municipalities – these words are ever-present in the conversations of many across Colorado and, ultimately, the West. What does our situation really look like? What are the challenges and available solutions? Listen in to our panelists as we discuss these trending topics and learn how to protect our water when we find ourselves in uncertain situations. Speakers will include:
James Eklund, Eklund Hanlon LLC
Amy Moyer, Department of Natural Resources;
Alex Funk, Colorado Water Conservation Board;
Sarah Parmar, Colorado Open Lands
Amy Ostdiek, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Mike Weber, Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District
Rebecca Hill, CSU Ag Economist
Zane Kessler, Colorado River Water Conservancy District Representative
Friday, February 12, 5 – 7 pm: Retirement Readiness & Succession Planning
Many farmers and ranchers envision passing along the family operation to the next generation. To do it successfully requires a great deal of planning, preparation, and communication. The aspirations of both generations need to be understood, along with the financial feasibility, and legal and tax implications. This session will help start the discussion with family members by exploring toolbox options available, then provide those tools including financial, legal and insurance resources. It may seem down the road for many families, yet planning for a smooth transition where everyone is at the table needs to begin today.
Todd Hagenbuch, Routt County Extension Director & Agriculture Agent
Beginning the family conversation and exploring the toolbox of options
Jeffrey Tranel, Ag & Business Management Economist, CSU Extension
Financial tools and tax strategies
Jenna Keller, Farm & ranch estate planning lawyer with Keller Law, LLC
The tools: legal processes and documents
Chris Young: FUSA Life & Health Manger
Products and tools for the retirement years
Saturday February 13, 10 am – Noon: RMFU Officer Session
We are asking that all RMFU chapter officers to join us to review a few important training tools. We want to make sure you and your chapters head into 2021 with a refreshing attitude and new tools to be leaders in your communities.