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RMFU announces new hires

DENVER—The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) has announced the hiring of two new staff members. Both are effective Aug. 1.

Jennifer Kemp, Longmont, Colo., has been appointed special assistant on cooperative development and legislative services. She will assist Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Development Center Director Bob Mailander with grant writing and support for producer groups wishing to explore the formation of new cooperatives. In addition, Kemp will assist RMFU President John Stencel in monitoring issues and providing legislative advocacy at the Colorado Legislature on behalf of RMFU members.

Kemp graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in May 2001. Her legal experience includes an assignment with the Natural Resources Law Center, Boulder, Colo., and an internship with the Colorado Attorney General’s Natural Resources and Environment Section. She also spent one year as assistant business manager of Guidestone Farm and Community Supported Agriculture Garden, a diversified organic farm that sells directly to consumers. In addition, Kemp participated in an international honors program, traveling to England, India, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand, Fiji and Mexico to study environmental, social and political issues. She is a Colorado native.

“Jennifer’s legal, environmental and agricultural background will be a tremendous asset to RMFU’s cooperative development and legislative advocacy programs,” said Mailander.

Amy Meyer, Columbia, Mo., has assumed the position of director of membership services. In this capacity, she will work with county Farmers Union organizations to promote the organization locally by training county officers, promoting membership growth and developing county programs. She also will organize RMFU workshops, seminars and other educational forums.

Meyer graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia this spring with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management and a minor in animal sciences. She and her brother own and manage a 20-cow registered Angus operation and market the offspring for breeding stock and club calves. She was a member of the University of Missouri Livestock Judging Team and vice president of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Student Council. She was awarded the prestigious FFA American Farmer award in 2001. Having grown up on her parent’s Bowling Green, Mo., farm, Meyer recently relocated to Denver.

“Amy will be an excellent addition to our staff. She is enthusiastic, energetic and has an agricultural background that will enable her to work effectively with RMFU members in the countryside,” Stencel said.