Letter: Support Farm Bureau
We recently returned from the 98th Colorado Farm Bureau convention in November. Farm Bureau is a nonpartisan organization that represents all commodities. One speaker really stood out and made us all think how really important farms, ranches and other people connected to producing our food are.
Zippy Duvall was elected in January 2016 as our new American Farm Bureau president. He gave an excellent talk on what we all face in agriculture in the future. What was really surprising was after Duvall won his election, Donald Trump called to congratulate him on his election. Later he called back and spent about 10 to 15 minutes asking Zippy what problems farmers and ranchers face in agriculture.
He probably knew that the American Farm Bureau has approximately 6 million member families in the U.S. Who would be better to talk to other then the president of this large ag organization?
How many presidents or presidents-elect ever called or cared about the 2 percent of the population who put food on our plates? I am the president of the Garfield County Farm Bureau and this made me feel real good. We have been fighting lots of issues from endangered species, Waters of the U.S., wolf reintroduction, road closures, private property rights and many others. It makes me wonder why everyone connected to agriculture or who likes to eat the food we produce at a reasonable price does not belong to Farm Bureau.
Anyone can belong to Farm Bureau. If you make your income from producing food you are a producer member and can vote on issues. If most of your income comes from something else, you are a basic member. Farm Bureau has a number of benefits included in your membership.
We as a group can accomplish a whole lot more than we can by ourselves. If you are interested in agriculture in any way, I would invite you to think about becoming a member. Thanks to all of you that do support us in ag.