Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft Statement Regarding the 2011 State of the Union Address

“Tonight President Obama laid out an ambitious agenda for the 112th Congress.  The topics included the need for increased science and math curriculum, increased use of biofuels and clean energy, relief from Section 1099 of the Healthcare Reform bill, pushing trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia and reducing the burden of government regulation.

“The Colorado Farm Bureau is pleased to hear President Obama address the pending trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama.  These trade agreements have been languishing for a number of years and they will be good for Colorado Farm Bureau members and American consumers. Trade agreements that cut tariffs and remove restrictions on Colorado products are always welcome.

“Furthermore, removing Section 1099 of the Healthcare Reform bill will ease the burden on farmers and agriculture related businesses. Section 1099 will have Farm Bureau members tracking the cost of a morning cup of coffee and donut and that is ridiculous.

Colorado Farm Bureau is looking forward to working with the members of the Colorado congressional delegation to implement these positive steps proposed by President Obama.”

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