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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.

Cristy Dice, Produce Safety Rule Program Manager

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and CSU Extension have created a number of resources to help farmers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This update will direct growers to those resources, discuss On-Farm Readiness Reviews and provide an update on the implementation of the Rule in Colorado.

Cristy Dice is the Produce Safety Rule Program Manager for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Her role is to implement the Produce Safety Rule in Colorado by developing policies, goals, objectives and strategies for the program. She works closely with CSU Extension, grower organizations, and other states to create a program that is uniform and consistent with other programs in the nation and meets the needs of Colorado produce growers. Cristy grew up on a farm with a wholesale greenhouse operation and has worked in agriculture her entire life. She is passionate about helping farmers and especially with bridging the gap between regulation and on-farm practices.

Slide presentation

Introduction of selected 2019 Produce Tech Innovation Pitchers

GeoVisual – Jeff Orrey
SWIIM –
ToMarket
VisuGen Global – John Armstrong

9:00 – 10:30

Deep Dives – Round 1

Managing Wildlife in Fresh Produce Fields: A Natural Approach

We will discuss the Food Safety Modernization Act’s call for co-management of wildlife and agriculture aimed at preserving the natural ecosystem while maintaining food safety. This concept may be counterintuitive so we will delve into why traditional animal deterrents are ineffective, and how using nature may be more effective and economical. Finally, we will discuss current research into natural animal deterrents and the role they play in an integrated pest management program to deter nuisance animals.

Dr. Paula Rivadeneira is a Food Safety and Wildlife Extension Specialist for the University of Arizona. Her programs include microbiological testing of environmental samples to identify pre-harvest foodborne pathogens, and assisting growers with excluding wild and domestic animals from their fields. On Twitter she is known as @PaulaThePoopDr. Her primary projects focus on co-management of agriculture and wildlife by developing environmentally friendly ways to deter mammals, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and birds from agricultural fields.

Slide presentation

Farm Succession Planning: how to get going with the hard conversations

When the senior generation ends their ownership of the farm, what happens next? Many families struggle with how to start and then maintain the conversation of farm succession planning. Learn from someone who has helped dozens of Colorado farm families have the hard conversations and develop workable succession/transition plans and subsequent estate plans.

Dr. Norm Dalsted is a Professor and Extension Farm/Ranch Management Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.  Dr. Dalsted has worked in numerous areas of production agriculture including financial management, costs of production, risk management, estate and succession planning. Currently he and his colleague are holding a number of workshop throughout the state on succession and estate planning for producers and their families.

Slide presentation

Small-Scale Vegetable System Success

There is a broad range of equipment available for small and diversified farms. From paper-pot transplanters, to cultivating tractors, to mechanized greens harvesters, it can be overwhelming-and expensive. This session will help beginning and small-scale farmers evaluate which equipment and systems could help reduce labor time and costs. This session will help you understand the unique needs for your personal scale of agriculture so that you can strengthen your farming systems and become more efficient.

Meg Caley has been working on a variety of farms since 2005, has experience as a classroom and outdoor educator, cheesemaker, and produce grower, and loves helping children and adults alike discover their new favorite vegetable. As “founder and farmer-in-chief” of Sprout City Farms, Meg managed the Denver Green School Community Farm for 7 years, and now oversees operations, programs, staff, and finances for all of SCF’s farm sites.

 

Stephen Cochenour is a small-scale vegetable farmer growing food for Denver Public School. He has taught agriculture courses for FRCC and CU-Denver, as well as spoken at conferences across the country about agriculture, spirituality, and philosophy. Stephen completed his undergraduate degree at Colorado State University in Horticulture with a focus on Organic food crop production and is currently working on a graduate degree at Naropa University in Ecopsychology.

 

Josh Olson received his culinary training from The Art Institute of Colorado, and his first foray into farming began with growing backyard vegetables for Sunday dinner at Panzano. He learned biodynamic and organic farming practices while working under Jason and Erin Griffith at Aspen Moon Farm. In 2009, after becoming a partner at The Squeaky Bean, he cooked at the Bean, and gardened the 1,600-square-foot raised Squeaky Beds behind the original location. From 2012 to 2015, Josh tended a one-acre plot in Lakewood. He’s currently building a three-acre educational farm at Warren Tech, ACRES, which produces vegetables for Denver restaurants, and Union Station Farmers Market.

 

Specialty Crop Block Grant-Funded Projects Around Colorado

In ten minute “lightning talks”, SCBGP project award recipients will explain their funded work over the past year and describe lessons learned.  There will be opportunity to ask questions, make connections, and provide feedback.

9:00 – 9:15 – Introduction and CDA SCBGP overview, Glenda Mostek
9:15 – 9:30 –  CSU Specialty Crops Program, Mark Uchanski
9:30 – 9:45 – Optimizing Postharvest Hop Quality in Colorado, Bill Bauerle
9:45 – 10:00 – Colorado Mulberry and Pollinator Seed Project, Dan Hobbs
10:00 – 10:15 – Extending Shelf Life of Specialty and Russet Potato Cultivars with At-Harvest Tuber Coatings, Sastry Jayanty
10:15 – 10:30 – Cytospora management in peach orchards through cultural practices, cultivar selection, and stress mitigation, Jane Stewart

Moderator:

Dr. Mark Uchanski is the new Specialty Crops Program Coordinator at Colorado State University, based in Fort Collins.  He has fifteen years of experience in horticultural education, vegetable crop research, and outreach activities.  His teaching and research emphases are in the area of sustainable and organic vegetable production.  He works with both small and large vegetable growers, assisting them with their production practices and finding their place in the food system.

10:30 – 11:00

Break and visit with exhibitors

11:00 – 12:00

Deep Dives – Round 2

Software solutions for produce food safety

The nation’s leading providers of food safety software will attend the 2019 CFVGA Annual Conference to display their electronic produce safety data and recordkeeping platforms and software systems. Learn how you can reduce paper and develop more reliable systems, especially ones integrated with organic production, traceability and blockchain technology.  Demo their software!

Featured businesses include:

CompWALK (www.compwalk.com) and CompWALK.farm (www.compwalk.farm) are food safety management platforms that support farms of all sizes. CompWALK provides custom inspections, corrective action tracking, mobile apps and multi-user access to manage large farm operations while CompWALK.farm provides inspections, log templates and standard operating procedure examples to manage food safety for single users on a farm.

iFoodDecisionSciences (https://www.idsfoodsafety.com/) provides food safety solutions for individual companies and for the supply chain. Includes a full suite of tools for agricultural water analysis, completing risk assessments, and monitoring potential risks. Has automated, real-time alerts function that informs you if something of concern happens in your fields or facilities, or if a critical step – like a regular water test – didn’t occur as scheduled.

Trimble Ag Software (https://agriculture.trimble.com/software/) has a powerful yet easy-to-use software platform that ties the entire farming operation together, and is available anywhere, anytime, 24/7.  Specific functionality includes field record keeping, mapping, accounting, crop health imagery, work orders, application reporting, scouting, fleet tracking and more.

HeavyConnect (http://HeavyConnect.com) provides paperless food safety compliance, to interface with food safety record-keeping, quality assurance, worker safety, training, pesticide application reporting. It also features a mobile app that easily captures and stores all required food safety records.

AgriEdge (www.syngenta.com) AgriEdge is a proven system that aids growers in food safety requirements by providing easy to use field traceability of crop inputs. Combined with trusted on-farm service, secure data management, and the opportunity to earn a financial reward, AgriEdge is excellent choice for farm management.

Funding and Financing for your Small-Scale Farm
Finding the right financing for your small farm can leave you feeling a bit like Goldilocks testing the temperature of the porridge. Some financing options are far beyond the needs of your small farm, while other options are too limiting. This session will help identify potential sources of financing ranging from Kickstarter campaigns through FSA loans that match your farms scale and needs.

Meg has been working on a variety of farms since 2005, has experience as a classroom and outdoor educator, cheesemaker, and produce grower, and loves helping children and adults alike discover their new favorite vegetable. As “founder and farmer-in-chief” of Sprout City Farms, Meg managed the Denver Green School Community Farm for 7 years, and now oversees operations, programs, staff, and finances for all of SCF’s farm sites.

 

Stephen is a small-scale vegetable farmer growing food for Denver Public School. He has taught agriculture courses for FRCC and CU-Denver, as well as spoken at conferences across the country about agriculture, spirituality, and philosophy. Stephen completed his undergraduate degree at Colorado State University in Horticulture with a focus on Organic food crop production and is currently working on a graduate degree at Naropa University in Ecopsychology.

 

Josh received his culinary training from The Art Institute of Colorado, and his first foray into farming began with growing backyard vegetables for Sunday dinner at Panzano. He learned biodynamic and organic farming practices while working under Jason and Erin Griffith at Aspen Moon Farm. In 2009, after becoming a partner at The Squeaky Bean, he cooked at the Bean, and gardened the 1,600-square-foot raised Squeaky Beds behind the original location. From 2012 to 2015, Josh tended a one-acre plot in Lakewood. He’s currently building a three-acre educational farm at Warren Tech, ACRES, which produces vegetables for Denver restaurants, and Union Station Farmers Market.

Specialty Crop Block Grant-Funded Projects Around Colorado - Continued

In ten minute “lightning talks”, SCBGP project award recipients will explain their funded work over the past year and describe lessons learned.  There will be opportunity to ask questions, make connections, and provide feedback.

11:00 – 11:15 – Increasing Education and Production of Specialty Crops at High Altitude, Andrea Coen
11:15 – 11:30 – Field irrigation response of Aronia melanocarpa cv Galicjanka, a new multi-product Colorado fruit to enhance crop diversity, Steve Menke
11:30 – 11:45 – Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to identify and monitor vineyard areas damaged by grape phylloxera,  Horst Caspari
11:45 – 12:00 – Colorado Heritage Apple Trials Initiative, Addie and Jude Schuenemeyer

Moderator:

Dr. Mark Uchanski is the new Specialty Crops Program Coordinator at Colorado State University, based in Fort Collins.  He has fifteen years of experience in horticultural education, vegetable crop research, and outreach activities.  His teaching and research emphases are in the area of sustainable and organic vegetable production.  He works with both small and large vegetable growers, assisting them with their production practices and finding their place in the food system.

12:00 – 1:30

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

1:30 – 2:30

Colorado and California Water: Today and Into the Future

Starting off the session Brian Domonkos will provide an update on the current snowpack conditions around the state, what resources are available for farmers to use in their crop planning and are there trends that USDA has observed over the years of data collection. Next because high quality dependable water is critical in the arid west and often puts farmers and the rural population at odds, CWCB Director Mitchell and Mr. Puglia with Western Growers will explain the challenges Colorado and California are facing and how they are working to meet both rural and urban needs including the multi-state Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan.

Brian Domonkos received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a citation in Meteorology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004.  He began as an intern with the NRCS Montana Snow Survey Program in 2003 working in Montana and Northern Wyoming and has since transitioned to the Colorado Snow Survey Supervisor, overseeing the snow monitoring operations in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico & Southern Wyoming.  Brian’s slide presentation

As director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Becky leads the state’s water policy and planning efforts. Becky joined the CWCB in 2012, and for five years served as the Section Chief for the agency’s Water Supply Planning Section before her selection as CWCB director in July of 2017.

Mitchell played an instrumental part in working with the state’s Basin Roundtables, the lnterbasin Compact Committee, the public at large and CWCB staff in producing Colorado’s Water Plan following Gov. John Hlckenlooper’s executive order in 2013 directing CWCB to facilitate the development of the plan. Mitchell has also served as the Water Policy and Issues Coordinator within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources· executive director’s  office.  Becky’s slide presentation

Dave Puglia joined Western Growers in 2005, leading the association’s state government affairs team and media communications staff on behalf of the association’s 2,500 members in California, Arizona and Colorado. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in July 2015 in recognition of expanded responsibilities for Western Growers’ operations and his extensive work on water policy issues affecting western agriculture.

Prior to joining Western Growers, Puglia was Vice President of APCO Worldwide and prior to that served for seven years in the California Attorney General’s Office, first as Press Secretary and later as Director of Public Affairs and Communications. In addition to serving as chief spokesperson for the state Department of Justice, Puglia directed the agency’s public policy research and was a senior adviser to Attorney General Daniel E. Lungren.

He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center Advisory Committee and is a member of the board of directors of SWIIM System, Ltd©., a Denver-based irrigation management company.  Dave’s slide presentation

2:30 – 3:00

Break and visit with exhibitors

3:00 – 4:00

Deep Dives – Round 3

 

Software solutions for produce food safety (repeats)

The nation’s leading providers of food safety software will attend the 2019 CFVGA Annual Conference to display their electronic produce safety data and recordkeeping platforms and software systems. Learn how you can reduce paper and develop more reliable systems, especially ones integrated with organic production, traceability and blockchain technology.  Demo their software!

Featured businesses include:

CompWALK (www.compwalk.com) and CompWALK.farm (www.compwalk.farm) are food safety management platforms that support farms of all sizes. CompWALK provides custom inspections, corrective action tracking, mobile apps and multi-user access to manage large farm operations while CompWALK.farm provides inspections, log templates and standard operating procedure examples to manage food safety for single users on a farm.

iFoodDecisionSciences (https://www.idsfoodsafety.com/) provides food safety solutions for individual companies and for the supply chain. Includes a full suite of tools for agricultural water analysis, completing risk assessments, and monitoring potential risks. Has automated, real-time alerts function that informs you if something of concern happens in your fields or facilities, or if a critical step – like a regular water test – didn’t occur as scheduled.

Trimble Ag Software (https://agriculture.trimble.com/software/) has a powerful yet easy-to-use software platform that ties the entire farming operation together, and is available anywhere, anytime, 24/7.  Specific functionality includes field record keeping, mapping, accounting, crop health imagery, work orders, application reporting, scouting, fleet tracking and more.

HeavyConnect (http://HeavyConnect.com) provides paperless food safety compliance, to interface with food safety record-keeping, quality assurance, worker safety, training, pesticide application reporting. It also features a mobile app that easily captures and stores all required food safety records.

AgriEdge (www.syngenta.com) AgriEdge is a proven system that aids growers in food safety requirements by providing easy to use field traceability of crop inputs. Combined with trusted on-farm service, secure data management, and the opportunity to earn a financial reward, AgriEdge is excellent choice for farm management.

Factors for success with cover crops in vegetable farming

Cover crops are a great addition to soil health practices on vegetable farms.  Getting the soil health and fertility benefits is easier said than done.  Learn from a mixed vegetable grower who has found out how to make it work and why is pays including seed selection, planting, fertility needs, irrigation, termination, nitrogen calculations, soil tilth, and subsequent cash crop performance.

 

Wyatt Barnes, Co-Owner of Red Wagon Organic Farm, Longmont, Colorado.  Slide presentation

The Future of Blockchain on the Family Farm

Through Blockchain technologies there exists a secure, end-to-end recordkeeping of transactions between all participants within the food supply chain. These records provide detailed information regarding food origin, product traceability through the supply chain, verification that all participants have complied with Federal and State regulatory laws. Consumers can see exactly where their food is grown, the farming practices used, the journey the food took through the entire supply chain, and its unique attributes.  Increasingly buyers are requiring growers to use blockchain.  Are you ready?  Hear from two leaders in this emerging technology.  Combined slide presentation

Mitch Bennett has expertise in all facets of digital communications, cloud-based software platforms, Blockchain, IoT sensors, and data analytic. He is the former President of two publicly traded companies Telemetrix, Inc. an FCC Licensed GSM operator of wireless communications, and MatchLogic, Inc. an interactive marketing services company providing digital marketing and data solutions to Fortune 500 Companies. Mr. Bennett has also held executive leadership positions at Electronic Data Systems, Automatic Data Processing, and Case IH.

 

 

 

Ian Dyslin provides ERP implementation services to both public and private companies. His business experience spans mission critical areas across multiple business tracks, focusing on companies in the food and beverage industry.  Ian is a Principal at RSM US.

 

 

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Grower and Buyer networking session:  open to all registrants

Buyer companies attending:

– Feeding Colorado
– La Montanita Coop
– FreshPoint
– GoFarm
– Tonys Meats and Market
– Green Chef
– Sysco Denver
– Denver Public Market
– reBlend
– Tater Traders
– Colo-Pac
– FoodMaven
– Whole Foods Markets
– Colo Dept of Education – School Nutrition Unit
– Fresh Pack Produce
– Children’s Hospital Colorado
– Care and Share Food Bank
– Albert’s Organics

Grower farms attending:

– Fagerberg Produce
– Strohauer Farms
– Hoffman Farms
– Peach Haven Farms
– H2gr0w
– CSU W Colo Research Center, Rogers Mesa
– Hugenberg Produce
– ToMarket
– Kilt Farm
– Lavender Association of Colorado
– Ela Family Farms
– Kokopelli Farms
– Talbott’s Mountain Gold
– WackyApple Company
– ACRES at Warren Tech
– Lenz Family Farms
– Jalin Farms
– White Rock Specialities
– Domenico Farms
– Farmer Johns / Rancho Durazno
– Hirakta Farms
– Milberger Farms
– Mountain Quality
– DiSanti Farms
– Knapp Farms
– Golden West Farms
– Reg Wagon Farm
– Cooksey Produce
– Petrocco Farms
– Worley Family Farms
– Sakata Farms
– Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch
– Dominguez Canyon Fruit Company
– C & R Farms

5:30 – 7:30 pm

FREE 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

Hayley Chouinard, Department Head Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University.

Slide presentation

8:30 – 9:30

Keynote

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

This keynote will explore identification and discussion of economic forces that are shaping the future of fresh fruit and vegetable markets. These factors include: demographic changes and their impacts on produce markets; shifts in consumer preferences revealed in purchasing trends; global vs local sourcing and the impact of trade patterns/disruptions; and, other relevant aspects along the supply chain.

David Magana is a Senior Analyst for Rabobank. David earned a master’s degree and a PhD in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Rabobank, he served as deputy director of economic research for FIRA – Banco de México, one of the most important agricultural banks in Latin America. His research agenda and experience include agricultural market integration under NAFTA, consumer trends in fresh fruit and vegetable markets, and other related topics.

Slide presentation 

9:30 – 10:30

The Farm Bill, Trade Issues and More

Topics to be covered in the presentation will include the 2018 farm bill, both how the process finally came together late last year and key provisions that were included, as well as recent developments in the trade policy arena, including potential trade agreements and lingering trade disputes.  Agricultural labor and regulatory issues will also be addressed.

Dr. Stephanie Mercier is a Senior Fellow at the Farm Journal Foundation.  Prior to coming to the Foundation, she served between 1997 and 2011 in the position of chief economist for the Democratic staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee.  Previously, she served as team leader for the Trade Policy and Programs area of the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Mercier has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University.

Slide presentation

Introduction of selected 2019 Produce Tech Innovation Pitchers

GeoVisual – Jeff Orrey
SWIIM –
ToMarket
VisuGen Global – John Armstrong

10:30 – 11:00

Break and visit with exhibitors

11:00 – 12:00

Breakout sessions

Produce farming in weather extremes and risk management strategies

The 2018 farming season was exceptional in terms of risk.  Drought, wind and hail events caused many produce farmers to change production plans before or during the season.  Learn how two farmers made it through this harrowing season and what business professionals recommend for decision making and risk management tools.

After a career in restaurant management Michael Moss realized that the beginning of food production is critically important for our communities. Since 2008 he has continued to scale his skills and operation in order to help feed the Boulder Denver Metro Area.

 Slide presentation 

 

 

Frank Stonaker has a diverse background – grounded in organic production. He got book-schooled as needed (BS in Agronomy, MS in Entomology, PhD in Horticulture), but learned most of what he knows from his time farming, greenhousing, orcharding and listening to his colleagues – which he has done for close to 40 years. Also, along the path, he’s had the good fortune to work as a biocontrol and pollination consultant, do applied research in organic vegetable production, and teach. Now he and his wife Beth own an organic orchard on Rogers Mesa. Frank manages CSU’s Western Colorado Research Station at Rogers Mesa

 Slide presentation 

 

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.

 Slide presentation 

 

Keely Meinecke is a Customer Risk Management Specialist who works with farmers and ranchers to help them find the right crop insurance options for their operation. As someone who grew up on a farm in North Central Kansas, Keely fully understands how weather patterns and fluctuating prices impact producers. Keely’s family raised wheat, corn, milo, soybeans, hay, and cattle. Since Keely’s move to Colorado, her expertise has grown to include fruits, vegetables, sugar beets, malt barley, dry beans, and millet as she works with a variety of producers across the State. Keely holds a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from Kansas State University and has devoted her career to assisting farmers and ranchers mitigate risk. With Keely’s experience, there’s no doubt she is passionate about serving agriculture.

Slide presentation 

Emerging wholesale marketplace opportunities in Denver Metro

This session will convene policy makers and buyers from the Denver metro area to discuss new and developing market opportunities that might be of interest to Colorado fruit and vegetable growers. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to new policy proposals (including additional procurement of Colorado grown products) and have an opportunity to provide feedback on how these policies and market opportunities might be crafted in ways that will improve market access and profitable of Colorado fruit and vegetable operations.

Moderator:

Becca Jablonski is an Assistant Professor and Food Systems Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. As part of her position, she facilitates the Colorado Governor’s Food Systems Advisory Council and is a co-leader of Colorado State University’s Food Systems Extension Team. Dr. Jablonski holds a PhD from Cornell University.

 Slide presentation

Speakers:

Laine Cidowski, Food Systems Administrator, City and County of Denver

Adam Schlegel and Catherine Compitello, SunValley Eco District Wholesale Market Project

Paige Cheney, Associate Buyer, City and County of Denver

 

Farm Family Health (joint, eye, skin, mental)

According to statistics published January 8, 2018 in the USA Today, farming is the 8th most dangerous profession in American. Today’s farmers not only work with highly complex machinery, and are constantly on the go but also have to manage the extreme stress of managing their own businesses. During this session three health professional will talk about what the farm family can do to (1) not only manage mental stress but how to help others, (2) the importance of a family’s physical health and what to watch for, (3) to deal with physical limitations. For the young farm family it’s important to know what your family can do now to preserve your health, for the older farmer come learn about the importance of working smarter, and for all of us learn how to cope with the mental stress that farming presents.

Chelsee Chavez-Barreras is a Prevention Specialist at Centennial Mental Health Center. As a Prevention Specialist, Chelsee’s primary responsibility is to educate youth, parents, and community members about suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Having been an active member of 4-H and the National FFA Organization, Chelsee feels very proud to be giving back to rural communities by providing education about mental health.

 Slide presentation 

 

Dr. James Craig is a rural rehabilitation specialist at the Colorado AgrAbility Project, a USDA/NIFA funded partnership between CSU Extension and Goodwill Industries of Denver. He is an agricultural psychology researcher and has practiced and taught Farm and Ranch Law as well as practicing in mental health at a Community Mental Health Center.

 

 Slide presentation 

 

Pamela Hackert, MD, Colorado School of Public Health.  Dr. Hackert is currently doing a fellowship at the University of Colorado in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is board certified in preventive medicine and public health, having attended the University of Michigan for both medical school and residency. She practiced preventive medicine in Michigan for ten years, and during that time realized how critical it is to consider a person’s occupation in order to have the greatest impact on health promotion.

Slide presentation 

Installation, costs and benefits of sub-surface drip irrigation

This session will provide practical and grower-friendly information about the design, installation logistics, and costs associated with drip irrigation. Ross has a farming background himself and has over 30 years of experience designing drip systems and working with growers throughout Colorado. Ross will discuss his experiences with drip systems of all sizes and scales of complexity and how systems can be customized to individual crop and grower needs.

To supplement his farming income, Ross Roberts, along with partner Scott Boles founded Diversity D in 1989. Over the course of the last 29 years, Ross has used his expansive knowledge of drip irrigation and his farming experience to give growers the most efficient and advanced subsurface drip irrigation systems available. Ross has installed many types of drip systems throughout Colorado and is familiar with growers and growing conditions in every corner of the state.

Slide presentation 1 | Slide presentation 2

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:

GeoVisual
SWIIM
ToMarket
VisuGen Global

Judges award one winner and audience awards the other winner. 

Emcee:  James Pritchett, Executive Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University

Judges:

Dave Puglia, Executive Vice President, Western Growers

Jeni Lamb Rogers, Partner, PSL Law Group

Denny Otsuga, Director of Venture Community Development, Rockies Venture Club

David Magana, Senior Analyst – Horticulture, Rabobank

Reid Fishering, CFVGA Treasurer and Mountain Quality Marketing

Wade Yoder, Colorado FFA Student

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