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Cows graze on a mountain pasture in Conejos County, Colorado. Flickr photo by SLV Native

As a former state legislator and friend once told me, "Mark, if you eat, you're in agriculture." Truer words were never spoken, and I have always kept them in mind. From the orchards and open ranges on the Western Slope to the dairies, farms and ranches on the Eastern Plains our farms and ranches are a critical part of Colorado's economy and identity. Coloradans in our rural communities have a keen interest in federal policies that affect the development of rural towns and support the work of Colorado’s farmers and ranchers. Agriculture policy not only affects what we eat, it also protects against the inherent risk that producers assume as they operate at the will of Mother Nature – and that helps ensure the vibrancy of rural America.

Renewable Energy and Agriculture

Bioenergy developed from farm waste and other sources, along with energy harnessed from the wind, hold exceptional promise for farmers and ranchers looking for potential new sources of income. While many people will benefit indirectly from the clean air, energy security, and economic growth generated by wind power development and bioenergy, farmers can benefit directly. Renewable energy production can provide farmers with an important economic boost, helping them keep their land in agriculture while contributing to America’s energy independence.

Conservation and Keeping Farm Land in Agriculture

As chairman of the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee and as an avid outdoorsman, I am also keenly aware of the importance of land conservation in agriculture and the value of conservation programs administered by the USDA to farmers and ranchers. The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency currently administer over 20 voluntary programs and subprograms to farmers and ranchers who want to implement conservation practices on their agricultural land. These programs provide incentives and technical assistance for conservation practices that not only help farmers produce better yields and improve farm income, but also enhance habitat for wildlife, protect wetlands and critical water resources, help to improve soil management and reduce the environmental impact of on-farm activities. It is important that we look for ways to make these programs work better for farmers and ranchers, while making certain they continue to serve a valuable purpose in fostering strong stewardship of the land.

 
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P.O. Box 866
Clark, CO 80428
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Greeley, CO 80631
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Suite 220
Grand Junction, CO 81501
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Denver, CO 80202
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Pueblo, CO 81003
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Suite 106
Durango, CO 81301
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2880 International Circle
Suite 107
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
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609 Main Street
Suite 205
Alamosa, CO 81101
P: 719-589-2101

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