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20th annual Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture

February 10, 2011

Colorado State University leaders to attend Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture.

20th annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture

Colorado State University will be well represented as state and national leaders in the field of agriculture gather to examine the changing face of agriculture during the annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St.

Speakers will include Gov. John Hickenlooper, Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar, Colorado State University President Tony Frank and CSU economist Martin Shields.

‘Today’s Vision for Tomorrow’s Food System’

The forum, themed “Today’s Vision for Tomorrow’s Food System,” will begin at 8 a.m. with opening comments by President Frank, who will discuss the university’s continuing efforts to make advancements in agricultural production while at the same time providing the necessary protections to food quality. Colorado State researchers are helping to answer questions surrounding food availability, food affordability and food safety.

Economist and futurist Lowell Catlett will present the keynote address on the coming agricultural generation. Catlett is professor, dean and chief administrative officer at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Additional CSU involvement

CSU economist Martin Shields will detail some regional economic characteristics that impact Colorado agriculture. Colorado demographer Elizabeth Garner will discuss the state’s population trends.

Also attending the forum will be College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Craig Beyrouty and Lee Sommers, director of the Colorado Agriculture Experiment Station.

Breakout sessions

The forum also will feature a series of afternoon breakout sessions highlighting international trade, local food systems, working landscapes and animal health in production livestock. 

Registration details and discounts

Deadline for early registration is Feb. 14. The cost is $100 and $45 for students. After Feb. 14, registration is $120 and $50 for students. To register visit the Colorado Department of Agriculture website or call (303) 239-4100.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the forum, a special discount is available. Anyone driving more than 20 miles to the forum can save $20 on the cost of registration. This special discount does not apply to the student rate and is only available until Feb. 14.

A pre-forum reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion.

The Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture is hosted by Gov. Hickenlooper, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University with support of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Associates and more than 50 organizations, businesses and agencies interested in the future of Colorado agriculture.

Hall of Fame Banquet

The Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture is held in conjunction with the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet. New members to the hall include Bill Wailes, chair of the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, Bill Coors of Golden, Dr. Ben Konishi of Alamosa, John Schweizer of Rocky Ford, and George Tempel of Wiley.

Wailes has been an ambassador of the dairy industry in Colorado and globally. He has served as the extension dairy specialist at CSU for over 30 years.

The banquet, which is held to honor those who have made significant contributions to the state’s and nation’s agriculture industry, is set for Feb. 24 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel with a reception beginning at 4:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. A separate registration is required to attend.

Contact: Jim Beers
Phone: (970) 491-6401