CO Farm Bureau Information on COVID-19

Please see updates from Colorado Farm Bureau staff in light of COVID-19:

Please visit the Colorado Farm Bureau website for up-to-date information on events, programs and daily operations: https://www.coloradofarmbureau.com/2020/03/13/covid-19-resources-for-cfb-members/ 

  • Farm Bureau believes we should be doing everything we can to protect rural America and urges rural residents to take COVID-19 precautions seriously.

  • We are particularly concerned by the age of the primary risk group when compared to the average age of farmers. Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions are most at risk.

  • Rural hospitals have a limited capacity to treat critical care patients in the face of an outbreak in remote areas, and as much as Farm Bureau members can prevent the spread of the illness, they should do so.

  • In consultation with rural healthcare experts, CFB recommends curtailing all non-essential travel to the Front Range and especially any county with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

  • We encourage our county boards to suspend in-person meetings for the time being; If necessary, our staff will assist you in coordinating conference calls to conduct regular county business.

  • Upcoming Events:

    • The Who’s Who in Colorado Agriculture reception has been postponed until early fall.

    • The Colorado Ag Day gathering at the Capitol has been canceled. We will still salute the contributions that ag makes to Colorado food availability and security.

    • The Farm Bureau Legislative and Leadership Conference is canceled, we encourage county leaders to continue to participate in the bi-weekly advisory committee conference calls for policy updates.

  • AFBF has closed its Washington D.C. office until April 10 and is working remotely.

  • CFB staff in-person meetings have been suspended when possible and are working to limit in-office time. We are encouraging staff to limit contact and self-record whereabouts in the event of exposure coupled with the long incubation period of the illness. At this time, additional details are being monitored on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour basis.

  • CFB staff will stay committed to serving members, responding to questions and performing any duties possible. However, in the event that a staff member is working from home, they may be reached at their mobile numbers.

  • For more information on COVID-19 and for best practices in preventing spread of the illness and for updated information on confirmed cases, please consult the Center for Disease Control website and the following resources:

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Colorado Information and Updates on Confirmed Cases by County: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

Global data of COVID-19 confirmed cases: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

General Information about COVID-19: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-facts-infographic

***To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, CFB staff may be working from home. You may reach me on my cell: (303) 895-5070
Shawn Martini
Vice President, Advocacy

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.