They Came to Fort Collins

[imgbelt img=GillesStocktonBW528.jpg]Over 2,000 people came to Fort Collins last week to attend a hearing on the livestock business. They came to listen to federal officials and to tell what is happening today in their communities.

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Editor’s Note: The final count had 2,000 people attending the hearing last Friday in Fort Collins, CO. That’s not a Glenn Beck crowd, maybe, but it was a sizeable gathering nonetheless.

The purpose of the gathering was to talk to federal officials about competition in the livestock business. Do packers control prices through their domination of the markets? Should there be a new interpretation of the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921. We have stories about that discussion elsewhere on this page.

This was also a rural reunion, of sorts, as people from Washington State to North Carolina met, talked and compared stories about cattle, land and community.

Colorado-based reporter Jamie Folsom mingled with this incredible cross-section of rural Americans last Thursday and Friday. She came back with these photos and interviews.[imgcontainer] [img:BarneyChapman528.jpg] [source]Jamie Folsom

I. B. Barney Chapman of Clarkesville, Texas.

I.B. “Barney” Chapman, II, hails from the Chapman Family Ranch, Clarkesville, Texas. He and his brother operate several cow/calf ranches in Texas. The family has been in ranching since 1844. Barney is a member of R-CALF because he believes the organization represents the regular ranchers in an honest way. He said he came to Ft. Colllins here to support Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and the Packers and Stockyard Act of 1921.

Chapman: You’ll find the ranchers are environmentalists because they have to be environmentalists to pass their ranches along to their families in the future.

It’s getting to where it’s not profitable and the little man doesn’t have a prayer.

Although we did fairly well this year, we need rain. It’s dry and it’s going to be an extremely hard winter for us.

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