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Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) announced today that it will coordinate Farm Bill workshops in rural Colorado and New Mexico, beginning with a meeting in Alamosa, Colo., on August 19.
RMFU President Kent Peppler, a Mead, Colo., farmer, said, “The so-called ‘Farm Bill’ is 700 pages of legislation on food, energy, conservation, and rural community programs. It took two years to reach compromises that protect our food and energy security without hurting the environment or breaking the budget. This bill impacts everyone, not just farming and ranching families. Nearly two-thirds of the funding goes to nutrition, conservation, and energy programs, but it also addresses specific interests of food, fuel and fiber producers and rural communities. It addresses many issues that are important in the Rocky Mountain region. We are pleased that we have been able to build a team of experts who can help rural families understand how the bill affects them.”
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union has put together a group of speakers that includes experts from farm and commodity groups, conservation organizations, rural banking and crop insurance. The workshops will include brief presentations and in-depth question-and-answer sessions. National Farmers Union President Tom Buis will be the keynote speaker.
Other speakers will be drawn from the many sponsoring organizations. The following organizations will participate: Colorado Sugarbeet Growers Association, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, Independent Bankers of Colorado, Colorado Potato Commission, Colorado Certified Potato Growers Association, county Farmers Union officers, and local Farmers Union Insurance agents.
Tuesday, August 19
Alamosa, Colo: 7 p.m. – Banquet Room, Alamosa State College
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