Farmers, ranchers and those interested in the future of agriculture will gather for the second annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at the Montrose Pavilion. The conference provides an array of breakout sessions which convey vital, regionally specific agricultural information in a venue convenient to the Western Slope.
Registration is now open.
This year's lineup of presenters contributes a wealth of experience and expertise, while luncheon topic tables foster an interactive exchange of ideas. Keynote speaker Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River Conservation District, will present on "The New Colorado Water Plan and Its Implications for Agriculture." Emphasizing this year's conference theme, "Making Every Drop Count," Kuhn highlights the critical role water plays in the future of agriculture and in day-to-day operational decision making.
The conference offers workshops in five focus areas: maximizing crop production; optimizing livestock production; water management; innovative ag-business/marketing strategies; and specialty crops. Attendees can choose four one-hour workshops from 20 presentations including: New Market Opportunities with Food Hubs, Managing Grazing in Times of Drought, Bio-Control of Weeds & Pests, Choosing Cover Crop Mixes, Efficient Irrigation Systems and Whole Farm Business Planning.
Carol Parker of the Valley Food Partnership says, "We hope the forum provides a centralized venue that will strengthen our regional food system, agri-businesses and agricultural heritage."
To register or learn more about the forum, visit the event website: www.foodfarmforum.org. Registration is $55 through Jan. 6 or $65 at the door, and includes a local foods lunch.
The Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum is a collaborative effort between the Valley Food Partnership, CSU Tri-River Area Extension Service, the Shavano Conservation District and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative and Economic Development Center. This year the forum welcomes the City of Montrose Office of Business and Tourism as the presenting sponsor.blog comments powered by Disqus