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Colorado Governor's Forum On Agriculture Explores Food Safety

Colorado Governor's Forum On Agriculture Explores Food Safety

Feb. 23 Denver meeting is annual event for ag industry.

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 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

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.

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