Innovation, Education Opportunities Highlight 110th RMFU Convention

DENVER, C­olo. ­­– Farmers and ranchers from Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming will “Reason Together” at the 110th Rocky Mountain Farmers Union annual convention set for Nov. 16-17 in Cheyenne, Wy. The convention theme “Let Us Reason Together” will resonate through the event, with educational panels, guest speakers, and break-out sessions all focusing on ways producers can profit from collaboration and cooperation.

The third annual Innovation Fair will take place as a pre-convention attraction. The Innovation Fair will include presentations on brewing and malting, land access, vermicompost, direct marketing, women in agriculture, handling farm stress, meat processing, block chain systems, and much more. Registration for the Innovation Fair is free for students and Farmers Union members and $25 for non-members.  The event will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Little America facility on the edge of Cheyenne.

The convention will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16. “Hemp, Hops, and Alternative Crops” will be the topic of one education panel. A second panel on “Adapting To Climate Change” will look at how farmers and ranchers can plan ahead in response to a changing climate landscape. Both panels will include growers who have first-hand experience in their fields.

 

RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall will update members on the activity of the farm organization during 2018 and look ahead to the priorities and challenges of 2019. Guest speakers will include National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson, who will share the latest insights on farm policy development on Capitol Hill.

Farmers Union members will introduce, debate, and adopt policy positions during the convention. As a grassroots organization, Farmers Union policy is decided by the members who show up, stand up, and speak up on the convention floor.

The Harvest Moon Gala will be held Friday night. The Gala is the organization’s premier fundraiser for educational programs.

Registration discounts are in place through Friday, Nov. 2. For details on the Innovation Fair, RMFU Convention, and registration, go to rmfu.org/upcoming-events/

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.