CCA hosts Mid-Winter Conference
October 16, 2013
The Colorado Cattlemen's Association's (CCA) Mid-Winter Conference kicked off Monday, Jan. 21 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver with CCA, Colorado CattleWomen (CCW), and Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) board meetings to discuss the current and future issues of the industry.
Tuesday was the Cattlemen's Legislative Round-Up Day, which started with several committee meetings, members then traveled to the Scottish Masonic Lodge for CCA's Legislative Luncheon. There was an outstanding turnout of both members and legislators. Executive Vice President Terry Fankhauser reviewed some of the upcoming legislation that would affect agriculture producers, and how important it is to communicate with state representatives about rural issues. Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar also attended and spoke about his appreciation for Colorado's agricultural community and their contribution to both the state and the nation. Over 50 legislators came to the lunch to show support for agriculture and its vital contribution to America and the world's economy.
After the lunch, the Conference moved to the Capitol to hear from CCA's lobbyist Danny Williams about a number of upcoming bills and the effort needed to ensure that rural producers' interests are represented. Representative Jerry Sonnenberg, a producer himself, discussed the importance of continually working to make the voice of agriculture heard. Senator Gail Schwartz and Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino also spoke about the legislators' support for the rural population.
Upon returning to the Renaissance Hotel, CCA held its Annual Foundation Recognition Banquet in order to honor the memory and award the service of several remarkable individuals and their contribution to the livestock industry.
Wednesday marked Colorado Beef Industry Day, which started with the remainder of CCA's committee meetings. After CCA's well-attended business meeting, the attendees traveled to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) to participate in the Commercial Heifer Sale, where CCA President T. Wright Dickinson awarded Walter Angus of Hudson, CO, with a belt buckle for their Champion Bred Heifer Pen.
The Conference concluded with the PRCA Rodeo, which showcased events including bareback bronc riding, bulldogging, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and others. At the rodeo, CCA President T. Wright Dickinson, CCA President-elect Gene Manuello and Colorado CattleWomen's President Fran Hill were recognized by riding in the Percheron Thunder wagon. F
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–CO Cattlemen's Assoc.