26th Annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, Feb. 22, 2017

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From the website:

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program is proud to host the 26th annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture,​ titled “Label it: Agriculture,” and focusing on a future built by collaboration. This innovative and informative program will bring together producers, consumers, experts and other ag stakeholders to peel back the polarizing rhetoric often found in today’s society.

Stories can create divisive boundaries in agriculture between organic and conventional; urban and rural; large-scale and small-scale. The Forum will instead focus on the powerful history of collaboration and cooperation that has made agriculture in the state of Colorado the second largest driver of our economy. It will challenge and equip attendees to seek out novel alliances and ideas ​to benefit their own operations, the industry statewide, and beyond.

Registered attendees of the Forum are also invited to a pre-Forum reception, taking place from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion (400 E 8th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203).​

From The Prowers Journal (Russ Baldwin):

Joining a myriad of other speakers at the 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown will each be stepping up to the podium at the event.

Gov. Hickenlooper and Commissioner Brown will help lead a Forum that this year is titled “Label It: Agriculture,” focusing on how collaboration and cooperation have made agriculture in Colorado the state’s second-largest driver of our economy, and how similar efforts will be critical moving forward.

Other presenters and panelists at this year’s Forum – taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel – will include:

* Krysta Harden, former U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture, and current vice president of public policy and chief sustainability officer for DuPont

* Gregory Graff, ag-economics professor at Colorado State University

* Keith Belk, animal sciences and public health professor at Colorado State University

* Holly Butka, global consumer engagement lead at Monsanto

* Norm Dalsted, professor and extension farm/ranch management economist at Colorado State University

* Tom Lipetzky, director of marketing programs and strategic initiatives at the Colorado Department of Agriculture

* Tom Kourlis, Colorado rancher

* Stephanie Regagnon, CEO of FieldWatch Inc.

* Dawn Thilmany McFadden, professor and agribusiness extension specialist at Colorado State University

* Virginia Till, recycling specialist and regional lead for EPA Region 8’s Sustainable Food Management

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