For Immediate Release:  Jan.. 21, 2019

Contact:             Marilyn Bay Drake   303-594-3827  admin@coloradoproduce.org

 

Farm Bill, Trade Among Topics at CFVGA 5th Annual Conference

Tech Pitch Finalists Announced

 

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is pleased to have keynoter Dr. Stephanie Mercier bring attendees the latest developments on agricultural trade and unpack elements of the 2018 farm bill impacting produce growers during its fifth annual conference. Her address will be in the morning of the second day of the conference on Feb. 26, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. Mercier is a senior fellow at the Farm Journal Foundation, who served from 1997 to 2011 as chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Democratic staff. Prior to this she was team leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Trade Policy and Programs within the Economic Research Service.

“The CFVGA conference is just a few days before the end of the 90-day ‘cooling off’ period agreed to by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Li JinPing last year to put a temporary halt to the U.S.-China trade war,” said Mercier. “We should have a pretty good idea by then if the Chinese are willing to concede to any of the president’s demands on protection of intellectual property rights and other trade-related matters.”

In addition, Mercier will address the agricultural labor shortage, including possible administrative changes to the H2A program, which allows farmers to bring in foreign guest workers on a seasonal basis when local labor is not available. She also will address environmental policies and how possible changes might impact the way growers operate.

Culminating the conference will be CFVGA’s second annual Tech Pitch. The four finalists selected to pitch their technology/idea to attendees are: VisuGen, microbiological detection technology; SWIIM Systems, farm irrigation water use monitoring system; ToMarket, a local food logistics system; and GeoVisual, fresh produce production forecasting.

The ever-popular grower-buyer networking session will take place beginning at 4 pm Feb. 25. Produce buyers not already registered can contact CFVGA or visit the conference website.

“Some long-term relationships between produce buyers and farmers have been forged during the annual grower-buyer networking session,” said Adrian Card, CFVGA conference committee chair. “This session alone is worth the cost of registration for many growers.”

More information on the CFVGA conference, including sponsorship opportunities, is available at: https://cfvga.org  For questions or more information, contact CFVGA at 303.594.3827 or admin@coloradoproduce.org  

The CFVGA is comprised of more than 250 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $485 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 90,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production.

 

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For Immediate Release:  Feb. 11, 2019

Contact:             Marilyn Bay Drake   303-594-3827  admin@coloradoproduce.org

 

Produce Trends, Threats, Opportunities to be Discussed by CFVGA Annual Conference Keynoter David Magana, RaboBank

 

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s Fifth Annual Conference will feature David Magana, senior analyst, RaboBank, who on Feb. 26 will discuss trends, threats and opportunities in global and fresh produce markets. The Fifth Annual CFVGA Conference runs Feb. 25-26, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel.

“Food safety, along with water and labor availability, will continue to be relevant challenges in the fresh produce industry,” said Magana. “Also, higher consumer expectations for fresh, ‘natural,’ fruits and vegetables present significant challenges and opportunities. Trends such as: automation, Blockchain technologies, online grocery shopping, direct marketing and plant-based foods offer more opportunities than ever before.”

Also bringing greetings to Colorado produce growers will be newly-appointed Colorado Department of Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg.

The first day of the conference will feature a series of “Deep Dive” sessions, where participants choose a topic and continue in the topic for multiple sessions. Among these sessions are managing wildlife in produce fields, succession planning, small-scale vegetable systems and Specialty Crop Block Grant project reports. One of these sessions will include a showcase of software currently on the market that helps produce growers manage food safety requirements and streamline paperwork.

Also scheduled for Feb. 25 beginning at 4pm is the ever-popular grower-buyer networking session that brings together Colorado produce growers and potential buyers. Culminating the conference Feb. 26 will be CFVGA’s second annual Tech Pitch featuring VisuGen, microbiological detection technology; SWIIM Systems, farm irrigation water use monitoring system; ToMarket, a local food logistics system; and GeoVisual, fresh produce production forecasting.

In addition, convention goers will have the opportunity to browse and visit with 45 exhibitors, offering a variety of goods and services relevant to the produce industry.

More information on the CFVGA conference is available at: https://cfvga.org  or by contacting CFVGA at 303.594.3827 or admin@coloradoproduce.org  

The CFVGA is comprised of more than 250 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $485 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 90,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production.

 

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