Colorado Farm Bureau Recognizes Top State Legislators


Colorado Farm Bureau has announced the recipients of its 2010 Pinnacle Award.  This is the highest award given recognizing one Republican and one Democrat from both the House and Senate for their support on legislation that was vital to the agriculture community, overall commitment to Colorado Agriculture, and their willingness to advocate on behalf of the Industry.

“The Pinnacle Award recognizes those legislators who go above and beyond the call of duty to protect and promote Colorado’s agricultural interests,” said Alan Foutz, Colorado Farm Bureau president. “This is evident through their sponsorship and co-sponsorship of bills, their leadership in defending and advocating on behalf of Colorado agriculture, their workability with the industry, and their voting record on Farm Bureau priority issues.”

The four Pinnacle award winners are:

Colorado State Senate:

Senator Scott Renfroe (R-Greeley)

Senator Bruce Whitehead (D-Hesperus)

Colorado State House of Representatives:

Representative Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling)

Representative Wes McKinley (D-Springfield)

“Colorado Farm Bureau is proud to recognize these legislators who have done an exemplary job working and voting on issues that are important to farmers and ranchers,” said Foutz.

In addition, Colorado Farm Bureau recognized 23 legislators as “Friends of Farm Bureau” based on their voting average, including committee votes, bill sponsorship, and willingness to work with CFB on legislation. Members of the 67th General Assembly who have been designated as a Friend of Farm Bureau are those legislators that received an “A” letter grade: Senators Ted Harvey, Ken Kester, Keith King, Mike Kopp, Scott Renfroe, Mark Scheffel, Nancy Spence, and Bruce Whitehead, Representatives Cindy Acree, David Balmer, Randy Baumgardner, Laura Bradford, Brian DelGrosso, Bob Gardner, Cory Gardner, Tom Massey, Wes McKinley, Kevin Priola, Ellen Roberts, Jerry Sonnenberg, Ken Summers, Scott Tipton and Glenn Vaad.

Throughout the 2009-2010 legislative sessions, Colorado Farm Bureau tracked over 120 bills relating to issues important to agriculture such as private property rights, energy, land use, water rights, seasonal Ag workers and animal welfare.

“We applaud the willingness of all the recognized legislators who fought and continue to fight for farmers and ranchers,” said Foutz.  “Because of their strong working relationship and commitment to this industry, agriculture has a greater opportunity for success.”

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