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U.S. Sen. Gardner kicks off agriculture tour in Craig

Patrick Kelly

Colorado Farm Bureau Vice President Carlyle Currier introduces U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig Monday evening.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., kicked off a cross-state agriculture tour by breaking bread with the Moffat County Farm Bureau in Craig on Monday.

The 10-county tour continued Tuesday with a stop in Meeker and wraps up in La Jara on Wednesday with a total of 10 destinations in a day-and-a-half's time.

"This gives us a really good look at all aspects and facets of Colorado agriculture," Gardner said.

Along the tour, the legislator has arrangements to meet with a wide range of agriculture industry representatives — from livestock to beekeeping and Anasazi bean milling.

Gardener said agriculture is an essential part of Colorado's economy, and meeting with individual communities is part of staying up to speed on the issues.

"Hear what's on people's minds, hear what they're concerned about in terms of regulations or policies," said Gardner, describing the tour's purpose.

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Colorado Farm Bureau Vice President Carlyle Currier, a Western Slope cattle rancher, said it's good to have a representative who knows the industry and speaks for agriculture.

"He's been a very strong advocate for agriculture," Currier said. "A big thing to start with is — he understands agriculture."

Garnder's background in agriculture comes from the family farm equipment dealership in Yuma.

"Our family business just turned 100 years old last year," Gardner said.

However casual the get-together was, Gardener's constituents were not afraid to bring up local concerns in between bites of pork ribs.

"(Gardner) is our employee," said Moffat County Farm Bureau President Glenda Bellio. "As a boss, if you don't let your employee know what you need, what you want, how do you expect them to do the job?"

One of Gardner's recent efforts is the Rebuilding and Renewing Rural America Act.Rebuilding and Renewing Rural America Act.

Rebuilding and Renewing Rural America Act.

Introduced to the Senate on July 14, the legislative packet addresses offers tax credits to rural communities and address regulations.

According to Gardner's websiteAccording to Gardner’s website, “The Rebuilding and Renewing Rural America Act is a two-pronged approach to strengthening rural communities: it contains several provisions to make it easier for local businesses to start and succeed, while also aiming to scale back excessive government regulations.”, "The Rebuilding and Renewing Rural America Act is a two-pronged approach to strengthening rural communities: it contains several provisions to make it easier for local businesses to start and succeed, while also aiming to scale back excessive government regulations."

According to Gardner's website, "The Rebuilding and Renewing Rural America Act is a two-pronged approach to strengthening rural communities: it contains several provisions to make it easier for local businesses to start and succeed, while also aiming to scale back excessive government regulations."

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