Governor Jared Polis Attends the Colorado Cattlemen Association Annual Convention

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — From drought to legislation that could hurt its operations, the agricultural industry is dealing with a lot right now, and the Colorado Cattleman’s Association’s president Janie VanWinkle says it could use support from the governor’s mansion.
“We need him to speak loud and speak to all of Colorado that he supports Colorado’s agricultural producers,” says Vanwinkle. Governor Jared Polis made an appearance at the Cattleman’s Association Convention to do just that.
“Going the distance to support agriculture and ranching is a big part of our Colorado Comeback stimulus package. We are investing more than 76 million dollars into agriculture,” says Governor Polis. The governor addressed some of the issues he’s working on to support the agricultural industry.
“We’re investing in drought resiliency programs, soil health, agriculture efficiency, improving Colorado’s farm to market infrastructure,” he says.
Cattle ranchers aren’t the only ones who benefit from finding common ground with the Governor. Governor polis says a partnership between the two is good for all of Colorado. “Cattlemen and cattlewomen are not just who we were and who we are but a bigger part of who we will be in the future,” he says.
With so much work ahead for the industry, something as simple as the Governor’s presence at this year’s convention is a step in the right direction.
“I think he needs to be a little more accessible to ag producers and hear our concerns and be willing to listen to that. By showing up here, he has opened up that door and we really do appreciate that,” says VanWinkle.

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