Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) concluded his second annual Colorado Farm Tour – meeting with local farm bureaus, traveling over 1,600 miles, making more than 30 stops, and visiting 27 counties.
WASHINGTON – Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) concluded his second annual Colorado Farm Tour – meeting with local farm bureaus, traveling over 1,600 miles, making more than 30 stops, and visiting 27 counties.
Gardner kicked off the tour last week on the Western Slope, stopping first in Craig to visit with Moffat County producers. He then headed south to Meeker where he attended a community breakfast with Rio Blanco area farmers and ranchers, and Garfield County where he stopped in New Castle to tour the Roberts’ family sheep farm. In Mesa County, Gardner visited Talbott Farms in the “Peach Capital of Colorado,” Palisade. Next, he toured Bray Ranches, a cattle and sheep ranch in San Miguel County before heading to Dolores County where he stopped at a bean farm in Dove Creek, and toured a local honey bee farm in Cortez. Gardner visited a livestock ranch in Pagosa Springs and concluded the Western Slope portion of his Farm Tour at Jack Gilleland Farms in La Jara.
Last week, Gardner continued his tour on the Eastern Plains with a breakfast roundtable with the Washington County producers in Otis. In Fort Morgan, he toured Scott Aviation and the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association before heading to lunch with producers in and around Logan County in Sterling. Next, Gardner toured D&L Meat Company in Julesburg, met with Phillips County area farmers in Holyoke, and attended the Yuma County Livestock Sale in his hometown of Yuma. In Burlington, he met with producers from the Kit Carson area, attended the Lincoln County Fair in Hugo, and spoke with Cheyenne County Farm Bureau in Kit Carson.
As Gardner continued his tour of the Eastern Plains, he stopped at the Dryland Milo farm in Eads, visited a family-run farm implement dealership, H. Manning Implement Company, in Lamar, met with Baca County producers in Springfield, Las Animas County farmers in Trinidad, and members from the Costilla County farming community in Blanca. Gardner then toured Colorado State University’s (CSU) San Luis Valley Research Center in Monte Vista, attended the Huerfano County Fair in Walsenburg, and visited with Otero County producers at CSU’s Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford. On the final day of his Farm Tour, Gardner met with the Bent and Crowley County farming communities, stopped at the Rocky Ford Farmer’s Market, visited Harry Vold Rodeo Company in Avondale, and toured the Correctional Industries Agricultural and Farming programs in Cañon City.
“Over the course of the past two weeks, I have traveled across the Western Slope and Eastern Plains as part of my Second Annual Colorado Farm Tour,” said Gardner. “The annual Farm Tour is a great opportunity to meet with Colorado’s farmers and ranchers and discuss how Washington-born policy impacts their daily operations. Throughout the tour, Coloradans continued to voice their concerns about Washington’s one-size-fits-all approach to regulation and its economic impact. I will continue to be a champion in Washington for our farmers and ranchers across the Centennial state.”