Busy, but fun. That sums up the first day and a half of the Colorado Farm Bureau Mid-Summer Meeting. A record number of members kicked off the meeting yesterday (Sunday) with either a tour of San Luis Valley agriculture, or a full round of sporting clays at the Del Monte Gun Club.
Regardless of the activity they chose, everyone met back at the Gun Club for an opening night barbecue which was attended by Congressman John Salazar. Mr. Salazar took the time to meet with Farm Bureau members one on one, and to do a little shooting.
Monday morning found members gathering for the start of the General Session which featured an appearance by candidate for Governor Dan Maes and Scot McInnis. A large number of Denver media were present at the meeting as it was the first public appearance for Scott McInnis after information implicating him for plagiarizing a research paper he wrote in 2002.
Both candidates addressed their view of agriculture and their goals for the state should they become Governor. Both candidates were well received by the membership and both showed strong support for and identification with agriculture and rural issues.
After a potato lunch members began to gather for the first session of Advisory Committee meetings.