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Monday, February 25, 2019

7:30 – 8:30

Registration, breakfast and visit with exhibitors

8:30 – 9:00

Opening Remarks

Robert Sakata, CFVGA President

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Robert is a Colorado native and now owns Sakata Farms which was started in 1945 by his father. The operation has grown to 2500 acres growing fresh market cabbage, dry bulb onions, sweet corn, pinto bean, field corn and winter wheat. Robert served for 15 years on the state of Colorado’s Water Quality Control Commission appointed by 3 different Governors. He also served as the Adams County Farm Bureau President and on the Adams County Open Space Advisory Committee. Currently he is on two local ditch boards, serves as the agricultural representative on the metro roundtable, is a member of the Colorado Ag Water Alliance and on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Congress.

After graduating Brighton High School Robert attended the University of Colorado Boulder and worked for AmGen in their molecular biology research department. Returning to the farm in 1989 Robert has worked to encourage the shrinking farm community to become more involved in the many issues that they face.

Introduction of selected 2019 Produce Tech Innovation Pitchers

9:00 – 10:30

Deep Dives – Round 1

Managing Wildlife in Fresh Produce Fields: A Natural Approach
Farm Succession Planning: how to get going with the hard conversations
Small-Scale Vegetable System Success
Specialty Crop Block Grant-Funded Projects Around Colorado

10:30 – 11:00

Break and visit with exhibitors

11:00 – 12:00

Deep Dives – Round 2

Software solutions for produce food safety
Funding and Financing for your Small-Scale Farm
Specialty Crop Block Grant-Funded Projects Around Colorado - Continued

12:00 – 1:30

Lunch and CFVGA Member Meeting (all are welcome to attend)

1:30 – 2:30

Deep Dives – Round 3

 

Culturally appropriate food safety worker training
Factors for success with cover crops in vegetable farming
The Role of Blockchain in Agriculture

2:30 – 3:00

Break and visit with exhibitors

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Grower and Buyer networking session

Buyer companies attending:

 

Grower farms attending:

 

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Reception: heavy appetizers and cash bar

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

7:00 – 8:00 am

Registration, breakfast, networking, visit exhibitors

8:00 – 8:30

Opening Remarks

Robert Sakata, CFVGA President

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Robert is a Colorado native and now owns Sakata Farms which was started in 1945 by his father. The operation has grown to 2500 acres growing fresh market cabbage, dry bulb onions, sweet corn, pinto bean, field corn and winter wheat. Robert served for 15 years on the state of Colorado’s Water Quality Control Commission appointed by 3 different Governors. He also served as the Adams County Farm Bureau President and on the Adams County Open Space Advisory Committee. Currently he is on two local ditch boards, serves as the agricultural representative on the metro roundtable, is a member of the Colorado Ag Water Alliance and on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Congress.

After graduating Brighton High School Robert attended the University of Colorado Boulder and worked for AmGen in their molecular biology research department. Returning to the farm in 1989 Robert has worked to encourage the shrinking farm community to become more involved in the many issues that they face.

Dr. Hayley Chouinard, Chair Dept of Ag and Resource Economics, Colo State University
Introduction of selected 2019 Produce Tech Innovation Pitchers

8:30 – 9:30

Keynote

Common Trends, Threats and Opportunities in Global (and Local) Fresh Produce Markets, Not so Common Anymore?

9:30 – 10:30

The Farm Bill, Trade Issues and More

10:30 – 11:00

Break and visit with exhibitors

11:00 – 12:00

Breakout sessions

Produce farming in weather extremes and risk management

 

 

Emerging wholesale marketplace opportunities in Denver Metro
Farm Family Health (joint, eye, skin, mental)

 

 

Installation, costs and benefits of sub-surface drip irrigation

12:00 – 1:30

Awards Lunch

1:30 – 2:30

Breakouts repeat

2:30 – 2:40

Break

2:40 – 4:00

“Meet Our Exhibitors” drawing and prizes

Produce Tech Innovation Pitch

Four produce tech business innovators will pitch live to conference audience.  
Judges award one winner and audience awards the other winner. 

5:00 – 7:00

Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Reception at the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion

400 E 8th Ave, Denver | No registration required | drinks and appetizers provided

Sponsors for the 2019 Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference