DENVER—Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) President Kent Peppler, Mead, Colo., today commended Gov. Bill Ritter’s appointment of John Stulp, Lamar, as Colorado’s new agriculture commissioner.
“John Stulp brings over three decades of hands-on farming and ranching experience to his new position. He fully understands the realities of production agriculture,” said Peppler. “We are confident he will bring producers’ interests to the forefront in every area he addresses.”
Stulp, his wife, Jane, and five children, have been active RMFU members since 1975. Over the last several years, he has been a leading proponent of building wind farms on farms and ranches as a way to develop new economic opportunities and jobs for Colorado’s farmers and ranchers. Stulp’s family farming operation is home to the Lamar Light and Power Wind Farm, and he is a principal in Prairie Wind Energy LLC.
“We must increasingly place more emphasis on energy from renewable sources in order to give more economic opportunity to producers and rural communities, as well as to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil,” Stulp said. “At the same time, I recognize the impact rising corn prices have on livestock feeders.” Like RMFU’s policy, Stulp believes the entire agriculture sector needs to work together for the good of all and not separate itself out by commodity or allow others to pit one sector against another.
Peppler also is encouraged by Stulp’s acknowledgement that water is agriculture’s overall number one concern in Colorado.
“Whether from drought or irrigation regulations, water shortage is a major problem to producers,” said Stulp. “I want to do everything I can as commissioner to avoid more agricultural land from being dried up.”
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a general farm organization representing 23,000 family farmers and ranchers in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. It has actively worked for better water policies at the state level and improved crop protection programs at the federal level.