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Colorado Farm Bureau reflects on 2017 legislative success

Author: Joey Bunch - December 29, 2017 - Updated: December 27, 2017

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Colorado Farm BureauMembers of the Colorado Farm Bureau grilled burgers at the Capitol during the 2017 legislative session. (Photo courtesy of the Colorado Farm Bureau)

The Colorado Farm Bureau‘s year-end message shows how the organization gets things done for farmers, ranchers and rural values.

“With an added focus on advocacy, CFB connected intentionally with voters, industry partners, legislators and administrations, extending its network and making connections outside the Capitol to grow its influence within,” the Farm Bureau stated in a release to the media Wednesday.

The Farm Bureau monitored 70 Colorado bills in the last legislative session, and it actively supported 18 that were signed into law, “showing the policy team’s effectiveness and influence when it comes to advocating for policies that are good for Colorado agriculture,” the organization stated.

That team also “helped protect farmers and ranchers from bills that would negatively impact their ability to feed consumers.”

“Throughout the year, the organization focused on effectively sharing the agricultural story across every platform, outlet and through every event and program,” the CFB said in it’s statement. “In a year full of change and preparations, the organization has made great strides advocating for its members and furthering their priorities both at the Capitol and beyond.”

In Washington, the Farm Bureau supported the repeal of the Waters of the United States, which they saw as a win for agricultural interests.

“The new administration also presented questions about trade and modernization of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). CFB, along with leaders from around the state, met at the CFB offices to discuss the importance of trade to Colorado and to debate policy solutions that would keep NAFTA and maintain trade policies that are beneficial to CFB members, agriculture and the broader economy,” the Farm Bureau reported.

And, to boot, the Farm Bureau celebrated its 100th year this year. The organization grew its Pedal-the-Plains team from 12 to 32 members to promote its #FarmPower brand. As part of this year’s cycling event on the Easter Plains, the Colorado Farm Bureau collaborated on the pro-energy development front with Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development and Keep Electricity Affordable.

This year the CFB Foundation Disaster Relief Committee provided more than $350,000 to Eastern Plains farmers and ranchers affected by a major fire and blizzard that left millions of dollars in damages to livestock and crops.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.