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Healthy Vision Member Benefit

When was the last time you had your eyes checked? More than 11 million Americans have uncorrected refractive errors according to a recent study conducted by the National Eye Institute. Refractive errors are one of the most common—and correctable—vision problems in the United States. Eye Care professionals can conduct a comprehensive eye exam and recommend corrective eyewear or LASIK eye surgery.

LASIK is the most popular elective procedure and is also the most successful course of permanent vision correction. Since FDA approval in 1996, over 14 million LASIK procedures have been performed nationwide. LASIK treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

As a Colorado Farm Bureau member, Healthy Vision Month is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of QualSight LASIK Savings. Schedule your FREE LASIK exam today to find out if you are a candidate for this life changing procedure!

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Jackson-Shaw Grants Taylor River Rafting Companies Permission To Float

Jackson-Shaw, owner of the Wilder on the Taylor fishing reserve, announced today that it is granting the two Taylor River rafting companies, Three Rivers Outfitting and Scenic River Tours, permission to float through its property this summer.

Conflicts between fishermen and commercial rafting on the Taylor River gave rise earlier this year to Colorado House Bill 1188, which died at the end of the legislative session this week.

Jackson-Shaw Chairman and CEO Lewis Shaw said, “While mediation between Jackson-Shaw and the two Taylor River rafting companies continues, Jackson-Shaw recognizes that Three Rivers and Scenic are at the threshold of their commercial rafting season and that it will take time to finalize any formal agreement.  Accordingly, as a show of good faith, Jackson-Shaw has decided to give Three Rivers and Scenic permission to float through Wilder on the Taylor this summer.”

Shaw added, “Jackson-Shaw is still hopeful that the mediation process will result in a formal agreement among the parties.”

Mediation between the two rafting companies and Jackson-Shaw began on April 22 and remains ongoing.  All parties have agreed that the content of the mediation must remain confidential.

Due to differences in the parties’ and mediator’s availability, a second mediation session could not be scheduled at the Judicial Arbiter Group in Denver until May 26.

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Women’s Ag-vocates for Agriculture Conference

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Women’s Ag-vocates for Agriculture Conference

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Richard Connell giving a safety program presentation on grain safety.

HB 1188 Hearing

Colorado Farm Bureau members filing into the Old Supreme Court chambers to oppose HB 1188.

Agriculture is Bright Spot in a Bad Economy

By Lynne Finnerty

With the U.S. facing deep economic turmoil and unemployment hovering around 10 percent, it might seem as if there’s little to be optimistic about. Agriculture, however, has helped fortify the economy when it needed it most, as other sectors such as U.S. automobile manufacturing, real estate and construction have contracted and shed workers.

Funny thing, how agriculture often is overshadowed by seemingly more exciting industries, like, say, derivatives trading, but turns out to be the old reliable when other endeavors fail. Just like the tortoise and the hare in Aesop’s fable, farmers and ranchers keep plodding along, producing food, fiber and fuel stocks.

To contrast two industries in particular, auto manufacturing and agriculture, let’s zoom in on the state of Michigan, home to the big U.S. automakers and attendant industries like auto parts manufacturing. With the decline in the automakers’ fortunes, the state’s unemployment rate has risen to the highest in the nation, 14.6 percent.

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Bredenkamp Testifies on HB 1195

CFB Executive Vice President Troy Bredenkamp testifying in House Finance Committee against the removal of the sales tax exemption on Ag Compounds and Pesticides.

Colorado Farm Bureau
Testimony on HB 1195
Before the Colorado House Finance Committee
January 29, 2010

Mr. Chairman, Good morning.

My name is Troy Bredenkamp, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado’s largest agricultural organization.  I come before you this morning on behalf of Colorado Farm Bureau and our 23,000 member families, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the 28 member organizations of the Colorado Ag Council to express our strong opposition to HB1195.

As most are aware, Colorado agriculture is a huge part of the Colorado economy.  The ag industry as a whole, is the second largest industry in our state, made up of over 20,000 farming operations, farm families, businesses – responsible for over $16 billion of impact to Colorado’s economy.  You have just been told the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s general fund take is less than 0.01% of the entire general fund budget.  I would say spending less than one tenth of one percent on the 2nd largest industry…and industry generating over $16 Billion of economic activity in Colorado is a pretty good return on investment in anybody’s book.

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