Bennet Visits Greeley to Celebrate Farm Bill Passage

Latest in series of statewide meetings to share information on bill

Today, Senator Michael Bennet held a meeting at the Colorado Corn Growers Association to celebrate the recently passed Farm Bill, which he worked with Coloradans to help write and finalize. He also heard input on the next priorities for the state’s farmers and ranchers. 

As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Bennet helped craft the Farm Bill with the help of Coloradans across the state.  He was also selected to serve on the conference committee convened to work out the differences between the House of Representatives and Senate versions of the bill.  Bennet helped ensure that Colorado priorities were in the final version of the Farm Bill, including a strengthened crop insurance program, improved conservation easements, reauthorization of the livestock disaster program, important forestry measures for reducing the risk of wildfires, and the continuation of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for Colorado counties.

“It’s a relief that Congress finally came together to pass the five-year Farm Bill, which we helped write with input from Coloradans all over the state,” Bennet said. “Now our state’s producers can do what they do best, which is farm and ranch, instead of worrying about the politics in Washington DC. This demonstrates that at least when it comes to agriculture, common sense can prevail.”

This stop was the last in a series of statewide meetings Bennet held this week to share information about the final bill and discuss agriculture priorities for the future.  Yesterday, Bennet met with farmers and ranchers in Delta and Hayden and the day before he was in Alamosa.