Sunday, March 27, 2016

Agriculture and Legislature

As the 2016 Colorado Legislative Session passes the midway mark, Colorado Farm Bureau is working diligently with legislators and industry groups representing Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.
“Colorado Farm Bureau has reviewed every one of the nearly 520 bills that have been introduced,” said Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “We have taken positions on nearly 60 bills, nearly a quarter of which deal with water. We stand firm in protecting the Colorado Prior Appropriation Doctrine and continue to make our voice heard on all water legislation trickling in throughout the 2016 Legislative Session.”

Staying true to our grassroots, Colorado Farm Bureau members have spoken out with hundreds of CFB members sending postcards telling the Colorado State Legislature that any legislation discussed in Colorado needs to protect the Prior Appropriation Doctrine.

"Colorado farmers and ranchers are voicing their concerns, and the intensity of the message has been increasing with more and more responses flooding the mailbox each day," continued Shawcroft. "The stack of petitions stressing the importance of our water system is nearly a foot tall and growing."

Prior to the start of the general assembly, Colorado Farm Bureau designated the following six areas as priorities for the legislative session: water, property rights, infrastructure, animal welfare, energy and wildlife. Midway through the 2016 legislative session, CFB has addressed bills concerning water, conservation easement landowner relief, agricultural innovation grants, mandatory employer E-verify, broadband deployment, transportation, property rights for mineral owners and anti-oil and gas bills.

“Food, water and ag issues are non-partisan, so we work hard with the leaders and individual members of both chambers to promote and protect agriculture and the Colorado way of life,” Shawcroft stated.

The Colorado Legislative Session lasts for 120 days from January to May and is scheduled to adjourn on May 11.

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