DENVER—Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s (RMFU) 92nd Annual Convention to be held Nov. 17-18, at the Holiday Inn Denver Southeast, will celebrate the traditions of family agriculture and discuss future strategies to ensure that family producers survive and thrive.
“Members will have an opportunity to shape their organization by deciding on state policy, by electing their president and board members, and by choosing peers to represent their interests at the national level,” said RMFU President Dave Carter. “Convention also is a time to socialize and network with other producers.” National Farmers Union (NFU) President Leland Swenson will keynote the convention on Friday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m., reviewing the year’s national challenges and successes for Farmers Union. He also will discuss changes in the organization and innovative ideas initiated by other Farmers Union organizations.
Friday’s legislative luncheon will feature recognition of former Colorado Sen. Tillie Bishop and Rep. Kay Alexander, who will be recognized for their support of legislation beneficial to independent family producers and rural communities. Colorado politics will again be the subject when former Republican U.S. senator Hank Brown squares off with former Democratic U.S. representative Ray Kogovsek on Friday at 2:30 p.m. to discuss similarities in changes in Colorado politics since they were in office. The session is expected to be highly interactive as the speakers take audience questions.
A Tribute will be made Saturday evening, Nov. 18, at the 6:30 p.m. banquet to Kathleen Sullivan Kelley, Meeker, Colo., for her leadership within RMFU and for her activism on behalf of family farmers and ranchers. Kelley catapulted the grassroots campaign for better antitrust enforcement in agricultural markets with an extensive study showing that fewer firms than ever before control a larger percentage of the processing and marketing of farm commodities. She also served as co-chair of the National Commission on Small Farms. The full range of her accomplishments will be overviewed as she is recognized for her outstanding service to family agriculture at the local, state and national levels.
In addition, Bob Eisenach will be presented with RMFU’s Meritorious Service Award at the Education Luncheon on Saturday. He has most recently served as Colorado’s executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.
Also, peppered throughout the convention will be speeches from RMFU’s young leaders.