State and national agriculture leaders will address the annual Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture on Feb. 23 in Denver's Renaissance Hotel
On deck will be Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar, and Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Craig Beyrouty.
This year's forum, themed Exploring Ag Security and Food Safety, will cover a variety of topics related to the food system, including:
Curt Mann of the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute will discuss ag security on the global level.
Larry Goodridge, food microbiologist and CSU Department of Animal Sciences associate professor a, will probe food related ills.
Breakout sessions will include updates from the Food Systems Advisory Council and Farm to School Task Force, Consumer Communications, Producer to Consumer Messaging.
A pre-forum reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Governor's residence at Boettcher Mansion.
Deadline for registration is Jan. 23. The cost is $100 or $45 for students. After Jan. 23, registration will be $120 and $50 respectively. To register, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/forum or call (303) 239-4100.
The forum is held in conjunction with the Colorado Future Farmers of America Hall of Fame banquet. For information, visit http://www.coloradoffafoundation.org/Colorado_Agriculture_Hall_of_Fame.html.
The conference 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 other organizations, business and agencies interested in the future of Colorado agriculture.
The food safety theme is important to the state's producers in the wake of a deadly listeria outbreak in an eastern Colorado melon crop recently, which has impacted on not only shipment of fresh produce from the area, but on other segments of farming as well.
The governor's forum hopes to enhance the state's competitiveness in the ag industry, and encourage a positive general awareness of the farm business in the state. A big part of the forum is the opportunity for farmers to interface in networking that may benefit delegates.
The aim of the annual session is also to present future-oriented, cutting edge topics that promote communication and understanding across the entire industry while considering the uniqueness among industry segments.
Relating and connecting a global outlook for state producers is an important part of the forum's mission as well.