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  • Colorado Farm Bureau presents Friend of Farm Bureau Award to Congressman Mike Coffman
    Posted in In the News on October 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Centennial, CO – Today, Colorado Farm Bureau presented Congressman Mike Coffman with its Friend of Farm Bureau Award at the Colorado Farm Bureau State Office in Centennial, Colo. The Friend of Farm Bureau award is awarded at the end of each Congress to members who worked to support agriculture and rural Colorado. “The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is our thanks to Congressman Coffman for standing up for Colorado farm and ranch families in Congress,” Don Shawcroft, Colorado Farm Bureau president, s... Read more

  • Farmers and politicians talk immigration and regulation concerns at agriculture roundtable
    Posted in In the News on August 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    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. Sakata, along with several other farmers, said labor was the No. 1 concern for his industry’s future Aug. 24 at a roundtable at Sakata Farms, which brought together vegetable farmers, ag industry professionals and e... Read more

  • Coffman Holds Ag Roundtable at Sakata Farms
    Posted in Press Releases on August 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Brighton, CO – Today U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) held a legislative roundtable with the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) at Sakata Farms in Brighton, Colo. The discussion focused on federal policies impacting Colorado’s fruit and vegetable growers and was followed by a tour of Sakata Farms and nearby Petrocco Farms in Brighton, Colo. Read more

  • Bundy Ranch just a part of the Western lands in BLM crosshairs
    Posted in In the News on April 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Agriculture

    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—bef... Read more

  • Coffman Statement On Farm Bill Conference Report Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    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 ... Read more

  • Senators Push for USDA, Timber Industry Cooperation
    Posted in In the News on October 30, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Agriculture

    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. "The National Forest management program in this region falls far short of meeting the need for hazardous fuels reduction and forest restoration. ...... Read more

  • Reforming the Food Stamp Program
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 21, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    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 exch... Read more

  • Creating Flexibility in Colorado's SNAP Program
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    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 ... Read more

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