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RMFU Annual Convention, Colorado Springs, Nov. 16-17

Denver >> Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) will hold its 99th annual convention Nov. 16-17, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. Members from New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming will gather to elect officers, review polices, and choose delegates to the 2008 National Farmers Union (NFU) convention.

RMFU convention delegates will review policy positions for the coming year. RMFU policy is drafted by a committee representing the grassroots members. Details of legislative policy and specific policies for legislative issues in each state are finalized by a delegate vote at the convention. Then RMFU policy is published to provide information and guidance to staff, county officers, legislators, congressional representatives, and other interested parties.

This year’s convention features a keynote address by NFU President Tom Buis (Saturday, 9:45 a.m.) and a series of afternoon-long workshops that will provide valuable detailed information on choosing rural energy options, promoting local food, and handling estate transfer. RMFU will host presentations by experts in each field, followed by roundtable discussions that will allow participants to gather information addressing their specific interests and needs. The emphasis will be on improving your bottom line as a producer of food, fuel, and fiber.

The RMFU “improve your bottom line” workshops will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and continue through the afternoon. Attendance is free for RMFU members. The public is also invited; a $75 fee for the workshops includes a year’s membership in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.