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Monday, February 24, 2020

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.

9:00 – 9:45

Keynote

The Power of Produce 2019: A Look at the Produce Department Through the Shoppers' Eyes

The Food Marketing Institute has published the “Power of Produce” research every year since 2014. Conducted by 210 Analytics and sponsored by Yerecic Label, Burris Logistics and the Southeast Produce Council, this research is part of a broader look at the fresh perimeter.

The 2019 study included a consumer survey of 1,500 shoppers. Using this data, participants will gain a “shopper’s” view of produce planning, purchasing and consumption and come away with several actionable insights to grow their business. The study offers an understanding of the opportunities, habits, preferences and trends in the produce department by listening to the consumer’s voice and combining it with sales data from IRI and Nielsen.

John Cravens’ career spans over forty years in the food industry and covers a broad range of products including produce, meat, canned foods, and packaging. He received his BS Degree in Food Science from Purdue University and his MBA from the University of Colorado. He has worked in both corporate and non-profit environments and has held positions in sales, international marketing and food safety.

As an Account Manager for Yerecic Label, John helped develop the produce market for Yerecic. Using research, he demonstrated to growers and processors how to build produce sales by giving consumers additional information on the package.

 

9:45 – 10:00 

Exhibitor elevator speeches

Hear exhibitors explain why you should talk with them 

10:00 – 10:30

Networking break

10:30 – 11:30

Breakout sessions

Labor - Are Growers Subject to 2019 Colorado Employment Law Changes?

Jody Duvall is a Fort Collins attorney whose practice focuses on labor and employment issues. He represents employers before federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies, and in mediation and arbitration. He counsels clients on a wide range of issues related to their employment policies, and represents employers in labor negotiations and arbitrations; unfair labor practice proceedings; wage and hour class and collective actions; and wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation actions.

Business Development - What’s fresh: Emerging market opportunities for growers

Shelly Allen has been the Director of Nutrition and Warehouse Service since 2007 at St Vrain Schools. Prior to that the Assistant Director of Nutrition at Denver Public Schools. Enjoy implementing healthy eating and active living initiatives in the school district and have spent the last 10 years building a stronger Farm to School program within our school district.   

 

 

 

Dave Maynard has been the VP of FreshPack since 2002. He is instrumental in developing high volume sales with local retailers and food service customers throughout Colorado. Dave worked closely with Colo Dept of Ag to promote Colorado Proud. He served on the Colorado Farm to School Task Force and worked side by side with the many of Colorado growers to help make their products available to Colorado consumers.

 

 

Larry Martinez is the Executive Director of the Denver Inner City Parish. He has worked at DICP for 17 years. He joined the staff as the Office Manager and Community Resource Coordinator in 2002. He was promoted to Associate Director in 2011 and became Executive Director in 2018. Larry has played a critical role in the development of many DICP programs and facilities. He is an advocate for social-justice and has been a part of many collective-impact groups like the Colorado Food Pantry Network, Food Exchange and Resource Network, Full Lives Full Pantries, Closing the Hunger Gap, and several others.

Production - Navigating the new National Organic Program rules

Renee Delaney is the Director of Farm Programs at CCOF. Renee grew up on a farm in Central Illinois, raising cattle, hogs and 400 acres of corn and soybeans. She studied plant biology at Southern Illinois University where she graduated with honors. Renee has been working in organic certification for over eleven years. CCOF is a nonprofit organization founded in California more than 40 years ago. Today its roots span the breadth of North America, and it is internationally recognized.

Small Farms - The Price is Right: Understand different pricing methodologies and how you can price products for profitability

Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University

11:30 – 1:00

Lunch and CFVGA annual meeting – all are welcome

1:00 – 1:30

Networking break

1:30 – 2:30

Breakout sessions

 

Labor - Being an employer of choice

Jason Resnick joined Western Growers in 2003 as a staff attorney. Today as Vice President and General Counsel, he has responsibility for overseeing the organization’s legal affairs and serves as Western Growers’ corporate secretary.  As a member of the Western Growers’ executive team Jason provides advice and counsel on various legal, business and policy matters. Jason has primary staff liaison responsibility over the Western Growers Board of Directors, and the Executive and Labor Committees.

Jason is a frequent speaker and magazine contributor on employment law and ag labor issues. He serves as secretary on the board of directors for the Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) and is a past co-chair of the Agribusiness Committee of the State Bar of California.

 

Business Development - Emerging Market Opportunities in Denver: a 2020 update

Becca Jablonski, Colorado State University

Production - Biological pest control for fruit and vegetable crops

Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University

Small Farms - Developing and implementing a farm food safety plan

2:30 – 4:00

Grower and Buyer networking session:  open to all registrants

Buyer companies attending:

stay tuned for confirmed buyers

Grower farms attending:

stay tuned for confirmed growers

4:00 – 6:00

FREE Reception: heavy appetizers and cash bar

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

7:00 – 8:00 am

Registration, breakfast, networking

8:00 – 8:20

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.

8:30 – 9:30

Breakout sessions

SCBGP - Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Program project reports
Food Safety - Produce Safety Rule 20-20

Join us for an exploration of farm inspections uner the Produce Safety Rule and how to be prepared all the upcoming season.

 

Duane Sinning, Colorado Department of Agriculture; Cristy Dice, Colorado State University

Production - Made in the shade: High-value colored pepper production in Colorado

In this presentation, participants will review production capacity, costs, and returns of high-value colored peppers grown in shade tunnels. The session will provide a comprehensive look at 5 years of research at CSU’s Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford and will examine aspects of tunnels design, construction, variety selection, and other production issues.

 

Mike was born and raised on a small irrigated farm east of Pueblo, Colorado.For the past 29 years he has been the Vegetable Crops Specialist with CSU at the Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford.  His responsibilities include research and outreach activities to support commercial crop production. His research has been centered on different aspects of crop production including irrigation efficiency, soil fertility, plasticulture (drip irrigation and mulches) and pest management.

 

Small farms - TBD

9:30 – 10:00

Networking break

10:00 – 11:30

Deep dives

SCBGP - Colorado Specialty Crops Block Grant Program project reports
Food safety - Just clean it!

Cleaning and santizing are critical for farm food contact surfaces.  Learn the where, how, what and when.

 

Travis Chapin, University of Florida Extension

Labor - Staying in compliance with H-2A rules

 

Kerri Owen is the Foreign Labor Certification Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and has worked in Workforce Development for 5 years. Kerri assists employers/agents with the H-2A and H-2B application process regarding job orders that must be placed in Connecting Colorado, housing inspections, and job referrals.

 

 

 

Kerry Scott is Program Manager for MAS Labor, based in Lovingston, Virginia, the country’s largest supplier of H-2A and H-2B legal guest workers. MAS provides H-2 services in 46 states and in virtually every eligible agricultural and non-agricultural sector from apiculture to viticulture; landscaping to hospitality. Kerry originally made farm calls for MAS; advising clients on how to stay in compliance with the highly regulated H-2A program. Kerry’s responsibilities now include business development for MAS, reporting directly to the owners of the company. This work has him exhibiting and speaking to agricultural and horticultural groups all over the country. Recent participants have credited Kerry as being the first speaker to leave them truly understanding the H-2A program.

Small farms - TBD

11:30 – 1:00

Awards lunch

1:00 – 1:30

Networking break

1:30 – 2:50

Exploring the risks and opportunities of the Colorado hemp industry

With more than 15 years of experience developing and commercializing technologies for human diagnostics, food safety and agriculture, Dr. Vaught brings a diverse background with both a strong scientific and practical business acumen. As CEO and Co-Founder of Front Range Biosciences, Dr. Vaught drives the evolution of cannabis agriculture through science, improving efficiency for farmers along with safety and reliability for consumers.

 

 

 

With over twelve years of state regulatory experience, Hollis Glenn became the Director of the Inspection and Consumer Services Division at the Department of Agriculture in 2017. In this position, Hollis oversees a number of inspection programs across Colorado. The Inspection & Consumer Services Division is the hub of CDA’s consumer protection programs. Prior to coming to the Department of Agriculture, Hollis worked at the DORA’s Division of Real Estate, where he worked his way up from an investigator to Deputy Director. Hollis is a proud Colorado native and earned his MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.

 

 

Dr. Brent Young serves as an Agricultural Business Management Economist with Colorado State University Extension (CSUE). Brent strives help farmers and ranchers manage risk through the development, delivery and evaluation of non-credit educational programming. Additionally, he provides information on Title 1 production support and Title 11 commodity insurance programs, crop and livestock enterprise analysis, financial management strategies, and commodity marketing.

 

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 Rick Novak, Colorado State University

 

Jake Salazar, Solari Hemp

 

5:00 – 7:00

Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Reception at History Colorado

 

Sponsors for the 2020 Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference