Denver>>Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) was on hand as Governor Bill Ritter released Colorado’s first Climate Action Plan. RMFU President Kent Peppler, a Mead, Colo., farmer, spoke to the crowd of about 300 gathered to hear the Governor’s announcement. Peppler emphasized agriculture’s role in helping to solve the environmental challenge of climate change. “Colorado’s agriculture producers will help address the challenges of global warming.”
Peppler described the carbon sequestration program already in place throughout the Farmers Union network. “RMFU has signed up over 175,000 acres. This will store over 400 thousand metric tons of CO2. The carbon program helps everyone. It will help rural Colorado financially, as well as benefiting the environment. And it attacks the challenges of global warming directly,” Peppler said.
Farmers, ranchers, and foresters are implementing many programs to store carbon, improve soil organic matter, reduce water usage and improve fertility. Governor Ritter’s plan emphasizes the need for all Coloradoans to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adopt energy efficiency and embrace renewable resources. RMFU and its members are prepared to do their part.