The best way to preserve American agriculture and to support the preservation of family farms and ranches is to end the death tax once and for all. The tax makes it impossible for one generation to pass a family farm or ranch to the next. The United States must do all it can to promote positive trade policies that increase America's agricultural export markets.
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This is the first year Brighton’s Sakata Farms isn’t growing cabbage, one of its former principal crops. Robert Sakata, farm owner, said it wasn’t worth planting this year, because he wouldn’t have enough employees to harvest it.
“We got tired of leaving crops in the field,” he said.
The standoff at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada was just the tip of the iceberg—and it is a very large iceberg indeed. All over the West, the federal government is planning to take over millions of acres of land—and kick the humans off.
A case in New Mexico going on this month but attracting almost no attention, pits rancher Kit Laney against the U.S. Forest Service. The service claims Laney’s Diamond Bar Ranch in southwest New Mexico is federal land; Laney can show that his rights go back to 1883—before there was a State of New Mexico and before there was a Forest Service (1905).
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) released the following statement after voting against the Farm Bill Conference Report:
“Today, I opposed the $1 trillion Farm bill conference report because it lacks many of the meaningful reforms I supported in 2013 such as capping subsidies for large corporate farming operations. Whether it is a Pentagon spending bill, or a bill dealing with corporate farm subsidies, I will continue to oppose spending bills that lack the necessary reforms, no matter which party proposes them."
Colorado's U.S. Senator Mark Udall, a strong voice for proactively reducing wildfire risk throughout Colorado, led a bipartisan and bicameral letter pressing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to partner with the timber industry to reduce wildfire risks in fire-prone areas, create jobs and improve community safety throughout the Rocky Mountain West.
In 1996, the Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform legislation, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), allowing states the flexibility to craft their own plans to move families living in subsistence poverty towards self-sufficiency. In 1997, as a State Senator from Aurora, I led the bi-partisan effort in Colorado by writing the welfare reforms that would require those receiving cash assistance, under TANF, to participate in work, training, or education in exchange for receiving public assistance. The legislation was signed into law by former De
In 1996, the Congress passed welfare reform legislation, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), allowing states the flexibility to craft their own plans to move families living in subsistence poverty towards self-sufficiency. In 1997, as a State Senator from Aurora, I led the reform effort to require those receiving TANF assistance in Colorado to participate in work, training, or education in exchange for receiving public assistance. The program is called Colorado Works and is still in place today.