#Denver: 29th Annual Governor’s Forum on #Colorado #Agriculture February 26, 2020

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Beyond just production and profit, what really drives agriculturists is possibility. The 2020 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture zeroes in on this innate quality, with a program full of dynamic speakers and presentations, featuring the latest in innovation, collaboration, and glimpses into what the possibilities of Colorado agriculture holds not just in the present, but the future. The Colorado Agriculture Leadership program is pleased to once again host the Governor’s Ag Forum, with this year’s theme, Brand It Agriculture, promising a day full of networking and discovering what lies ahead for our state’s second-largest economic driver.

Registered attendees of the Forum are also invited to a pre-Forum reception, taking place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the History Colorado Center, 1200N. Broadway, Denver, CO 80203.​ PLEASE NOTE! THIS IS A NEW LOCATION AND TIMES!

From The Sterling Journal-Advocate (Jeff Rice):

A passionate advocate for global agriculture will keynote the 2020 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture later this month.

Michele Payn, known for being a community catalyst and antagonizing people into action, will speak at the morning general session on Feb. 26 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel.

Payn has worked with farmers in more than 25 countries, raised over $5 million in sponsorships for the National FFA Foundation and founded AgChat and FoodChat on Twitter. She is the author of three books: Food Bullying, a #1 best seller; Food Truths from Farm to Table, an IPPY bronze medal winner; No More Food Fights!; and hosts the Food Bullying Podcast. She holds degrees in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University.

Hosted by the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program, this year’s Governor’s Ag Forum features a full program of dynamic speakers, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities.

Hemp and mental health will again be on the agenda for the day-long conference. There is a morning session on rural mental health preparedness training, and three sessions having to do with hemp; production and economics, regulation and finance, and the Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan being featured in breakout sessions.

Other sessions will be devoted to bridging the rural and urban gap through media, agritourism, water and the Ag Leadership programs.

The Governor’s Forum will be followed by a reception and banquet for induction of three individuals in to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Chris Dinsdale of Sterling, Charles Hanavan, Jr of, Cheyenne Wells and Don Shawcroft of Alamosa will be formally inducted that evening.

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