Water is always a hot button topic in Colorado. With the roll-out of the new Colorado Water Plan, the Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum focuses on "Making Every Drop Count" for the farmers, ranchers, and stakeholders gathering at Montrose Pavilion for the Jan. 11 conference.
Producers will gain practical information to improve their current operations and learn about issues crucial to the future of agriculture. "It's as much of an educational conference as it is a time to exchange techniques, tips and ideas with producers of all types," says Isaac Munoz, a conference organizer.
This year's keynote speaker, Eric Kuhn, is the general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District in Glenwood Springs. He is known for his intelligent and courageous approach to the many issues surrounding the over-allocation of Colorado water, its competing demands, and the complicating factors of drought, storage, politics and population growth. His naval background on nuclear submarines perhaps makes him the steady, science-driven person needed at the helm during this turbulent time. In addition to delivering the keynote address on the "Agricultural Implications of Drought and Declining Reservoirs," Kuhn will host an hour-long session on water banking, a system that enables the marketable transfer of surface, groundwater and storage entitlements. Kuhn is eager to gather local input and facilitate discussion on this proposed part of the new ColoradoWater Plan.
The conference offers workshops in five focus areas: efficient water management, maximizing crop production, optimizing livestock production, innovative ag-business/marketing strategies, and specialty crops. Attendees can choose four, one-hour workshops from 20 presentations such as: Efficient Irrigation Systems, Cover Crop Savvy, Deficit Irrigation and Alfalfa, High Tunnel Management, Whole Farm Business Planning, Adapting to Changing Food Markets, Integrating Livestock with Cover Crops, and Mini-Hydro Power Systems.
More information on topics and speakers can be found at www.foodfarmforum.org.
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, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative and Economic Development Center and the City of Montrose Office of Business and Tourism.blog comments powered by Disqus