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    Welcome to Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association 

    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association is to promote and enhance the agribusiness industries in Colorado and adjoining states.

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    Board Nominations

    Are you interested in nominating yourself or someone you know for the 2021 Board? Now is your time!

    Please click on the link below to complete the nomination form. All nominations are due by November 13, 2020.

    https://rmagbiz.org/form.php?form_id=24


     

    NEWS

    May 12th 2020

    2020 Scholarship Winners

     Anna Weisensee             Karalee Kothe

    About Anna Weisensee:

    Hello! My name is Anna Weisensee, and I am a student at the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs (UCCS). I am currently working to attain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a nutrition minor. I have been interested in the medical field since I was in middle school. Nursing would give the opportunity to fulfill my desire to give back to my community by helping those in need. With my degree, I hope to work in the emergency department at a larger hospital in either Denver or Colorado Springs to gain experience before moving to a rural location. My ultimate career goal is to improve rural healthcare by advocating for better technology and bringing the next generation of nurses out to rural areas. With my nutrition minor, I hope to be able to better the lives of my patients by helping them create healthier habits and lifestyles. Later in my career, I hope to get a Bachelor’s in Nutrition and become a registered Dietitian or Nutritionist. Through UCCS, I am currently involved in intramurals and the Beth-El Student Nurses Association (BSNA). With an eighteen credit course load, most of my time at college is spent studying for exams and keeping up with my classes and extracurriculars, but in my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, volunteering, and exploring new places with my friends. I volunteer when I can at Habitat for Humanity and through BSNA to help give back to the community.  The Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association scholarship will be assisting me in furthering my education by helping to eliminate some of the expenses of books and tuition.

    About Karalee Kothe:

    My dream is to be a scientist. In the 7th grade, I conducted my first ever psychology experiment, all though I did not know it at the time. I captured the phenomena of inattentional blindness. This occurs when people completely miss something obvious in their environment simply because they were focusing on something else. I loved the science fair and the scientific process because I am fueled by curiosity. In college, I have pursued a dual degree and a minor because one program was simply too limiting, I wanted to know so much more. In my Global and Multicultural Studies degree, I took political science, philosophy and anthropology classes for a societal and cultural look and humanity. In my psychology degree, I’ve taken classes on positive psychology, neuroscience and the science of wellbeing as well as assisted with research and ran my own research project. Currently, I am in the analysis step of my research with seeks to understand the role of mindfulness in emotion regulation. My research began by asking the question: Can we think our way to happiness? In my Hispanic studies minor, I have learned about the distinct cultures of Latin America, and also traveled to Spain to practice speaking the language. Spanish has open my eyes to the many cultures that use the language and to the power of being able to express yourself in more than your native tongue. I am completing my final semester online now, in wake of the pandemic, and I believe all this has prepared me for my future career as a scientist because I have constantly cultivated curiosity. My plans are to go to graduate school in psychology or cognitive science or a related field, and explore further research on consciousness while pursuing my PhD. My curiosity has guided me to one of the most fundamental fields in science: understanding our conscious nature as humans. I want to be a part of solving the greatest mystery of humankind because there is still so much we do not know. If I could spend my life as a scientist helping to answer these big questions, I will know I am fulfilling my life’s purpose. This scholarship will go towards helping me achieve my dreams, beginning with going to grad school. Thank you so much for your support!

    March 13th 2020

    Colorado Coalition Action Alert

    SPEAK UP NOW TO HELP STOP SB 189!

    Click for here more facts about SB 189

    SB 189 (Local Government Pesticide No Preemption) would disrupt Colorado's statewide regulation of pesticides, leading to a haphazard patchwork of hyper-local rules that could negatively impact public health and safety, agricultural food production, green spaces, and businesses. 

    Take just a few minutes now to speak up and ask our elected officials to vote NO on SB 189. See below for two minute and five minute action alert options.

    Two Minute Email Action Alert

    Please copy and paste the following email addresses into the "To" field:

    [email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected]

    Copy and paste this into the "Subject" line of your email:

    Vote NO on SB 189 - Colorado is Stronger Together!

    Please copy and paste the following into the body of your email. Feel free to add to and/or modify the text below as you would like -- this is all just a suggestion.

    Email copy:

    As a fellow Coloradan, I am asking you to VOTE NO on SB 189 - a bill that would break Colorado's state law into inconsistent city and county policies. This change will jeopardize public health, threaten agriculture production due to invasive weeds from nearby land, and hurt businesses who rely on consistent pesticide safety rules. We cannot afford to take risks right now.

    Thoughtful, strategic applications are used to control pests and invasive species like bed bugs, mosquitos, noxious weeds, and diseases like Hantavirus. These types of issues are not limited to one zip code or county - if anything, they impact the most vulnerable communities. All Colorado citizens deserve the benefit of well-considered, evidence-based policies to guide the use of the pesticides that protect their homes, schools, hospitals, restaurants, breweries, grocery stores, and green spaces.

    For decades Colorado has regulated these products at the state level and invested in expert staff to serve as authorities for safe application. The overwhelming majority of states have passed pesticide preemption laws to ensure that pesticide regulation stays at the state level. SB 189 moves Colorado in the wrong direction.

    I believe in ensuring the health and safety of all Coloradans, not just those in tax brackets who can afford alternative methods of pest control. I believe in protecting the viability of our agriculture land and protecting our farmers from noxious weed infestations. I believe in ensuring that the maintenance of our homes, restaurants, and green spaces is guided by science-based policy enacted in a consistent way.

    Protect Colorado’s important pesticide uniformity laws. Please vote NO on SB 189.

    Five Minute Action Alert

    You can give each of the five members of the Senate Agriculture committee a quick call to ask them to vote NO on SB 189. You will be either speaking to an aide or leaving a message on their voicemail. You do not need to have a list of talking points ready or be prepared for a long back-and-forth. The important things to convey are that you are a Colorado voter and you want them to vote NO.

    Please call:

    Senator Kerry Donovan: 303-866-4871

    Senator Jessie Danielson: 303-866-4856

    Senator Robert Rodriguez: 303-866-4852

    Senator Jerry Sonnenberg: 303-866-6360

    Senator Don Coram: 303-866-4884

    Below is a suggested phone call script, but again feel free to edit however you'd like:

    Phone script:

    Caller: As a Colorado voter, I am asking you to VOTE AGAINST SB 189 - a bill that would break Colorado's state law into inconsistent local policies. I believe this bill will risk public health and the viability of our agriculture land and open spaces. Please tell ________ to vote NO on SB 189 and protect our state’s safe pesticide laws.

    Thank you for speaking up for common-sense pesticide policy in Colorado!

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