2024 Farm Show Schedule

DAY 1

JANUARY 23

Beef: Events Center Room A

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9:30 am –
9:55 am

State of the Colorado Beef Industry

Erin was named Executive Vice President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association in August 2022, previous to that she was the Industry Advancement Director at CCA since 2015. She will provide an overview of Colorado’s beef industry related to current issues, events, and status.

Erin Karney, Executive Vice President Colorado Cattleman’s Association

9:55 am –
10:20 am

Weaned Calf Risk Protection, USDA Risk Management Agency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Weaned Calf Risk Protection, a new insurance option for livestock producers in several states. This policy, offered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), offers Actual Production History (APH) coverage for beef cow-calf producers to insure revenue from their spring calving operations. Weaned Calf Risk Protection will be available for the 2024 crop year. The program will be available in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Texas, beginning with the Jan. 31, 2024, sales closing date for the 2024 crop year. Coverage levels between 50 and 85% will be available along with catastrophic coverage. Michael will give a brief overview of the new program so ranchers can learn if it will be fit for their operation.

Michael Redmond, Senior Insurance Consultant, American AgCredit

10:20 am –
10:45 am

Colorado Beef Council - Hot Topic Update

Todd will provide a current snapshot of the US beef market including consumer trends, retail, foodservice, and will highlight some key marketing programs the Colorado Beef Council is currently conducting.

Todd Inglee, Executive Director, Colorado Beef Council

10:45 am –
12:00 pm

Making Transitions Easier in a World Where It Feels Like No One is Listening

Cassidy Johnston is an agriculture consultant, communicator, and co-founder of JRC Ranch Management and Consulting. She grew up in a suburb of Denver but has now been ranching for over a decade and serves in the gap between the ranch and the table to build relationships and form bold partnerships to answer the question, “Where does my food come from?” Farm and ranch transitions are hard, whether you are transitioning to a younger generation of the family, a different business model, are exploring outside management, or simply considering the future of your operation. In this talk, we’ll explore the “Transition Big Four”–succession planning, goal setting, finances and business practices, and labor, and the one thing that underpins them all: communication.

Cassidy Johnston, Agriculture Consultant, JRC Ranch Management and Consulting

1:00 pm –
1:45 pm

Beef Market Outlook and Summary

Tyler Cozzens is an Agricultural Economist at the Livestock Marketing Information Center. Tyler has expertise in conducting situation and outlook market analysis across the livestock industry along with various crops. Tyler regularly contributes market analysis on the livestock sector through several agricultural media outlets. Prior to joining LMIC, Tyler worked at USDA/FAS in Washington, D.C. providing situation and outlook analysis on U.S. and global livestock production and trade. He will provide a summary and outlook on the U.S. cattle sector. Discussion will focus on the current supply situation of the U.S. cattle herd. A look ahead at potential implications for the cattle and beef industry along with expectations for future prices and production.

Tyler Cozzens, Agricultural Economist, Livestock Marketing Information Center

1:45 pm –
2:30 pm

National Beef Quality Audit - 2022

Keith Belk serves as Professor and Holder of the Monfort Endowed Chair, Center for Meat Safety & Quality, Colorado State University (CSU), and as an Adjunct Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health. Previously, he served as Professor and Head of the Department of Animal Sciences at CSU. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from CSU, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He will provide an overview of results of the National Beef Quality Audit–2022. The NBQA has been conducted every 5 years since 1991 and this was the latest round of measuring the state of beef quality.

Dr. Keith Belk, Professor and Director of the Center for Meat Safety and Quality, CSU

2:30 pm –
3:15 pm

Beef x Dairy Industry Overview

Trevor Tuell works as the Business Development Manager, for ABS Global. He was raised on a family-owned feedlot in Eckley, Colorado, where he later became the Chief Operating Officer (COO). During his 20 years in that role, he oversaw the management of the custom feeding operation, employee hiring and management, commodity purchasing and risk management, and the development and implementation of herd health programs. Trevor has a long history in the beef industry in various roles in both the supply and live production side of the business. His experience from all aspects of beef production help give him insights that can connect the supply side of the system to the needs and expectations of customers. He is currently based in Windsor, Colorado. Trevor will look at cattle inventory factors that are driving the increase in the Beef x Dairy supply of cattle. Additionally, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of this supply of cattle.

Trevor Tuell, Business Development Manager, ABS Global

Colorado Produce: Events Center Room B

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9:30 am –
9:35 am

CFVGA Welcoming Remarks

Marilyn Bay Drake grew up on a crop and sheep farm in northern Weld County, not far from the land homesteaded by her great-great grandparents in the 1880s. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has worked public relations and marketing for Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising-Taiwan, US Meat Export Federation, National Farmers Union, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and National Bison Association.

Marilyn Bay Drake, Executive Director

9:35 am –
10:15 am

Colorado Produce: Past, Present and Future

Dave Sr and family farm 3,400 acres from Brighton to Greeley in NE Colorado. Petrocco farms is one of the largest growers in the state, selling vegetables wholesale in Colorado and to surrounding states. Dr. Mike Bartolo was the Vegetable Crops Specialist and Manager at Colorado State University’s Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford for 31 years. His primary responsibilities were research and outreach activities to support commercial vegetable crop production in the Arkansas Valley and other parts of the state. Hear perspectives from leaders in Northern Colorado and the lower Arkansas River Valley, explaining how the vegetable industry has changed over the past 30 years in those regions, current challenges, and what it will take for the industry to thrive into the future.

 

Dave Petrocco Sr, Petrocco Farms Owner

Dr. Mike Bartolo, Colorado State University Emeritus

10:15 am –
11:30 am

Grower Perspectives on New Weed Control Technologies

Jordan graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Business Management. He works closely with his 2 brothers, Jared and Jason Hungenberg. His Father Paul Hungenberg, and uncle Mike Hungenberg are still heavily involved also. Hungenberg Produce is 1 of 5 baby carrot packers and producers in the US. Ozzie has over 25 years of field vegetable production in Northern Colorado on scales from 200 – 2000 acres on certified organic farms. He currently manages all field operations for Full Circle Farm. With rising labor costs, new mechanical strategies for weed control in vegetable production are of great interest to growers, especially ones that can achieve in row weeding. Hear from two producers who have successfully deployed laser weeding and electric shock weeding technologies on Northern Colorado vegetable farms, sharing how these can reduce payroll expenses. This is a preview to ag tech solutions that are available and emerging for Colorado growers.

Jordan Hungenberg, Hugenberg Produce CEO

Ozzie Gallegos, Full Circle Farm Production Manager

10:15 am –
11:30 am

Grower Perspectives on New Weed Control Technologies

Jordan graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Business Management. He works closely with his 2 brothers, Jared and Jason Hungenberg. His Father Paul Hungenberg, and uncle Mike Hungenberg are still heavily involved also. Hungenberg Produce is 1 of 5 baby carrot packers and producers in the US. Ozzie has over 25 years of field vegetable production in Northern Colorado on scales from 200 – 2000 acres on certified organic farms. He currently manages all field operations for Full Circle Farm. With rising labor costs, new mechanical strategies for weed control in vegetable production are of great interest to growers, especially ones that can achieve in row weeding. Hear from two producers who have successfully deployed laser weeding and electric shock weeding technologies on Northern Colorado vegetable farms, sharing how these can reduce payroll expenses. This is a preview to ag tech solutions that are available and emerging for Colorado growers.

Jordan Hungenberg, Hugenberg Produce CEO

Ozzie Gallegos, Full Circle Farm Production Manager

11:30 am –
12:15 pm

New Tools for Local Farm Workers Recruitment and Retention

Aldo Parra is responsible for managing a new program that will focus on supporting agricultural employers and workers with employee safety, working conditions, labor rights, and resources to strengthen the local agricultural workforce. In a tight job market, local farm workers need incentives to keep working for produce farms. The new CDA Ag Workforce Services Program has multiple incentives that it can provide to your workers in addition to connection to service providers ready to support farm workers outside of business hours. Join Aldo Parra, Director of this new program, and hear what resources are available.

Aldo Parra, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Ag Workforce Services Program Manager

Agrivoltaics Roundtable: Events Center Room B

1:00 pm –
3:00 pm

Agrivoltaics Roundtable: Seeking Producers' Input On Opportunities and Challenges for Farmer-Friendly Solar

American Farmland Trust (AFT), in partnership with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado Open Lands, is hosting a roundtable to solicit producers’ opinions about the emerging field of agrivoltaics, which combines solar and agricultural production on the same parcel of land. The roundtable will feature 2-3 presenters to provide a brief overview of agrivoltaics, existing projects, and the latest research. After the presentation, the floor will be open for participants to voice their questions, concerns, and feedback about agrivoltaics. AFT is particularly interested to understand how farmers view the technology and what barriers (economic, social, & technical) exist to make agrivoltaics a viable solution that benefits producers.

Austin Kinzer, American Farmland Trust, Agrivoltaics Senior Technical Specialist

Water: Events Center Room C

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10:00 am –
11:00 am

Facing the Challenge of Increasing Water Stress: Moving Towards Total Agricultural Water Management

Dr. Tracy has led program initiatives on understanding and developing sustainable water resource management practices in a number of basins across the western U.S., including the western High Plains, Northern Plains, Great Basin and Pacific Northwest hydro-climatological regions. As director of the Colorado Water Center, he works with private, state, regional and federal entities in the development of programs that more effectively support achieving their water and environmental resource management objectives.

John Tracy, Colorado Water Center at Colorado State University, Director

11:00 am –
12:00 pm

South Platte Salinity Task Force Updates

Karen leads the development and implementation of the Center’s outreach and engagement strategy, specializing in stakeholder engagement and watershed planning and management. Karen previously worked at the University of Florida Water Institute to improve water management in Florida through projects related to agricultural practices, freshwater systems, supply/demand forecasting, and climate change. She also led landscape-scale restoration efforts in the Colorado River Delta in Mexico for a decade, integrating community engagement, binational partnerships, habitat restoration and water management.

Karen Schlatter, Colorado Water Center at Colorado State University, Associate

1:00 pm –
2:00 pm

CSU Testing Ag Performance Solutions (TAPS) program

The University of Nebraska initiated a program called TAPS (Testing Ag Performance Solutions) with great success. This program allows producers to test new technologies and management in irrigated production without the financial risk. They can then compare their management against competitors to see how they rank within this competition. It later expanded to Oklahoma State University, and Colorado State University initiated the program in Colorado in 2023. This presentation will talk about the success of the program, as well as how the program is working in Colorado.

Amy Kremen, Irrigation Innovation Consortium at Colorado State University, Associate Director

Timothy Martin, Irrigation Innovation Consortium at Colorado State University, Executive Director

2:00 pm –
3:00 pm

Ag-to-Urban Water Transfers: What Are the Impacts and What Can be Done?

As urban centers along the Front Range continue to experience unprecedented growth and increasing demands, there are increasing pressures for water to be moved from agriculturally productive areas of the state, creating the potential for impacts to the ag industry, surrounding communities and local economies. This panel of experts will provide historical and forward-looking perspectives on agricultural-to-urban water transfers from informed and diverse viewpoints. The panel discussion will also cover what tools are available to help minimize permanent water transfers and their local impacts, and how farmers, ranchers and municipalities can work together on this front to achieve mutual benefits.

Sean Chambers, City of Greeley, Director of Water and Sewer Utilities

Carmen Farmer, Colorado Open Lands, Northern Colorado Senior Conservation Project Manager

Matt Heimerich, Crowley County Farmer

Moderator: Pat Wells, Northern Water, Water Strategy Specialist

Agronomy: Pawnee Buttes

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10:00 am –
11:00 am

Wheat Stem Sawfly - 2023 Research Updates

Adam Osterholzer has been working with the CSU Wheat Entomology Program since 2020. He heads the annual sawfly survey, solid stem screening process, and several other sawfly projects. The CSU Wheat Entomology Program will be providing an overview about the wheat stem sawfly. Findings from our latest research projects will be discussed, with an emphasis on helping growers combat this pest.

Adam Osterholzer, CSU Wheat Entomology Program: CSU Ft. Collins

11:30 am –
12:30 pm

Exploring Alternative Crops for Dryland Cropping Systems: Camela, Black-eyed Pea, and Hybrid Rye

Sally is the Director of the Crops Testing Program in the Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences. She is responsible for developing and maintaining a strong, innovative, research program in crop production management relevant to the needs of producers in Colorado. Sally will discuss the latest CSU agronomy research results in diverse crops that have potential for success in Colorado along with new production tools.

Sally Jones-Diamond, Colorado State University

1:00 pm –
2:00 pm

Rye: Friend or Foe?

David grew up on a dryland farm and ranch operation near Hugo, CO. This experience started his love of agriculture and specifically dryland agriculture and its challenges. David attended Colorado State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 and Master of Science degree in 2001. Starting as a student in 1991 and continuing through both degrees and full-time employment in 2005 David worked with the Dryland Agroecosystem project with research sites from Sterling to Walsh. Since 2005 David has been at the USDA-ARS Central Great Plains Research Station near Akron, CO, continuing to experiment with dryland systems with projects including, soil reclamation, triticale and rye variety trials, and working with alternative crops including rye, canola, and kernza (intermediate wheatgrass). Rye has often been thought of and treated like a weed in the Great Plains Area for nearly a century. At the Central Great Plains Research Station near Akron, CO we have been examining this ‘new’ crop for our area for the past seven years. New hybrid technology has shown promising yields with no volunteer rye observed in subsequent crops thus far. Yields have averaged approximately 50% higher than winter wheat. Hybrid winter rye thus far seems to be a well adapted crop to our area with minimal, if any, trade offs.

Sally Jones-Diamond, Colorado State University

DAY 2

JANUARY 24

Dairy: Events Center Room A

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10:00 am –
10:30 am

Welcome, Agenda and Dairy MAX Update

Bill brings more than 30 years of experience in dairy processing to Dairy MAX – including 10 years as Vice President of Operations for Sinton Dairy Foods Co. Bill joined Dairy MAX in 2012 and works with the dairy farmers and industry stakeholders in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming.

Bill Keating, Sr. Director of Industry and Image Relations, Dairy MAX

10:30 am –
11:00 am

Colorado's Ag Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs

Dan is the Agriculture Emergency Coordinator for the CDA. In this new position, Frazen will lead the Department’s response to all-hazards incidents that impact agricultural communities and coordinate with other government agencies and stakeholders for all phases of disaster management. He has been a member of the Type 3 Eastern Colorado Incident Management Team (ECIMT) since 2015, and he was assigned to the State of Oregon’s Type 2 Northwest Incident Management Team 6 for the Cameron Peak Fire in 2020. Dan graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University.

Dan Frazen, Colorado Department of Agricultural, Agriculture Emergency Coordinator

11:05 am –
12:00 pm

The Dairy Consumer of the Future

Over the next several decades, the U.S. population will trend older, become more diverse and slow its rate of growth. Ben Laine shares how population trends will affect demand for different types of dairy products, and therefore, dairy components. When dairies discuss generational-type strategies for their farms, how could this dairy consumer information inform decisions being made now? Ben is Terrain’s dairy sector analyst. His previous experience includes work as a dairy analyst for Rabobank, a senior economist covering the dairy industry at CoBank, and a commodity hedging manager and economist at Agri-Mark dairy farmer cooperative. While at Agri-Mark, he developed a tool for dairy producers to manage their milk price risk. Ben has also developed trading and risk management programs for commercial dairy commodity businesses, produced price forecasts and provided economic outlooks. His research has spanned the dairy supply chain, consumer trends, methane reduction and export markets. Ben earned his MS in resource economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Ben Laine, Dairy Analyst, American Ag Credit – Terrain

1:10 pm –
1:30 pm

Colorado Legislative Update

Brock is a partner in Capital Focus L.L.C. Before starting there, he was a full-time employee of Western Dairy Association.

Brock Herzberg, Capital Focus L.L.C.

1:30 pm –
2:10 pm

AgNext’s Research on Dairy System Sustainability: Animal Health and Air Quality

Dr. Manriquez is originally from the south of Chile. After obtaining a DVM degree from the University of Concepción of Chile, he practiced small animal medicine for almost two years. Then came to The U.S. to obtain a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences, where he became passionate about the role animal health plays in food security and in the sustainability of dairy systems. Manriquez’s research focuses on improving the health performance of dairy cattle, including the development of early detection of disease strategies and the integration of epidemiologic, behavioral, metabolic, and microbiome data to understand the impact of productive practices on dairy cattle performance, workers, and the environment. He is also very interested in applying a systematic approach to ensure dairy system sustainability.

Dr. Diego Manriquez Álvarez, Dairy Systems Specialists/Assistant Professor, Colorado State University/Ag Next

2:10 pm –
3:00 pm

Federal Order Reform

Chris will cover the latest developments in the discussions on Federal Order Reform, the 2024 Farm Bill as well as other recent developments in the dairy sector. Chris is responsible for ensuring that NMPF’s members derive value from that membership and that NMPF is effective in engaging other dairy, agricultural and food organizations. This includes overseeing the delivery of outstanding member services while also creating and strengthening relationships between the organization and other stakeholders nationwide. Galen previously served as NMPF’s communications lead from 1997 to 2018.

Chris Galen, Senior Vice President of Member Services and Governance. He also serves as Executive Director of the American Butter Institute

Weeds: Events Center Room B

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9:00 am –
10:00 am

Bare-Ground: Whys and How To

Dr. Beck will discuss the latest research for bare-ground treatments along with when and why these treatments are used in land management. He will also discuss the current herbicide resistance situation.

Dr. George Beck, Technical Service Representative, Alligare

10:00 am –
11:00 am

UAS and Its Uses in Modern Applications

This presentation will provide an overview for utilizing UAS for today’s applications. This will include a look at the current regulatory world, current application based units available to the public, and lastly will walk you through the process of becoming a UAV/UAS applicator.

Dustin Polasek, UAV Chief Pilot, Nutrien Ag Solutions

11:00 am –
12:00 pm

Understanding the Endangered Species Act and PPE needs for Pesticide Applicators

This presentation will cover the Endangered Species Act regulations and how pesticide applicators can comply. Then she will transition into PPE usage including wearing respirators and N95 masks.

Lisa Blecker, Pesticide Safety Educator, Colorado State University

Sara Hirnyck, Pesticide Outreach Specialist, Colorado State University

Colorado Weather Report: Events Center Room B

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1:05 pm –
1:25 pm

What’s New at the National Weather Service

Chad Gimmestad is a Forecaster with the National Weather Service in Boulder and a longtime Greeley resident. His work includes daily weather forecasts and warnings, supporting emergency managers during extreme weather events, and recruiting and training volunteers. Chad has a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Iowa State University and has worked for the NWS for 32 years. Chad will look at recent changes in NWS services and the variety of ways to access NWS/NOAA weather forecasts, warnings, and climate information.

Chad Gimmestad, Lead Forecaster, National Weather Service

1:25 pm –
1:40 pm

Recapping Water Year 2023

They will provide a recap of the Water Year 2023, weather variables, and climatic conditions/rankings.

Alistar Vierod, CoAgMet Field Technician/Data Analyst

1:40 pm –
1:50 pm

What’s New in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network

Peter is a climatologist with the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University. He studies climate change, climate variability, and drought. Peter talks about Colorado’s climate with a wide variety of interested groups around the state. He is also the state coordinator for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network. Peter will talk about what CoCoRaHS is up to in 2024. This presentation will include some fun Colorado weather trivia!

Peter Goble, Climatologist at Colorado Climate Center

1:50 pm –
2:05 pm

CoAgMET - Colorado Mesonet Update

Lane Simmons began his role as CoAgMET Manager on May 1, 2023. Prior to accepting this position, Lane worked for CSU’s Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford as site co-manager, manager of the weighing lysimeter project, and as a CoAgMET technician for Southeastern Colorado. Lane will provide a brief update on the CoAgMET weather station network – what’s new with CoAgMET.

Lane Simmons, CoAgMET – Colorado Mesonet Manager

2:05 pm –
2:20 pm

Review of the Extremely Active, Severe Thunderstorm Season

Russ Schumacher is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, and serves as the Colorado State Climatologist and Director of the Colorado Climate Center. He received his M.S. in 2003 and Ph.D. in 2008 in Atmospheric Science at CSU. His research and teaching interests include extreme precipitation, weather prediction, the climatology of precipitation, and Colorado’s weather and climate. In 2021, he received the Clarence Leroy Meisinger early-career research award from the American Meteorological Society. Colorado had a very active year for severe storms in 2023, especially in terms of hail. This presentation will take a look back at some of the most notable events, and the records that were broken during 2023.

Russ Schumacher, Colorado State Climatologist, Colorado Climate Center

2:20 pm –
2:40 pm

Colorado’s Climate - What to Expect this Spring

Becky Bolinger received her B.S. in meteorology from Metro State University of Denver, M.S. in meteorology from Florida State University, and her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. She is now the Assistant State Climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center (within CSU’s department of Atmospheric Science). Her research interests are focused on Colorado’s climate variability, climate extremes, and drought. Becky will discuss what’s typical for Colorado temperature and precipitation patterns in the spring? What are we expecting this spring? What’s happening with El Niño? What should we prepare for as we get to summer?

Becky Bolinger, Assistant State Climatologist, Colorado Climate Center

2:40 pm –
3:00 pm

Drought on the Range - Preparation, Management and Recovery

After graduating from CSU she was hired in 1991 by the (then) Soil Conservation Service as a Range Conservationist in Cheyenne Wells, CO. Her husband, daughter and her moved to Holyoke, CO, in 2002 and she continued her career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Wray, CO. Julie provided range assistance in Lincoln, Kit Carson, Washington and Yuma Counties. During the last two years of her career, she was on special assignment to the Northern Plains Climate Hub as the face and voice of Grass-Cast and with NRCS Headquarters. Julie will highlight some things ranchers/grazers can do to help armor rangelands for drought, what to monitor during drought, and steps to take after drought to help the range prepare for the next one.

Julie Elliott, Retired Rangeland Management Specialist

Partners in Ag: Events Center Room C

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9:30 am –
10:30 am

Farm and Family Disaster Preparedness

Denise Bradshaw is an Emergency Management Coordinator for Weld County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and helps communities update emergency operations plans, develops mitigation projects, plans for disruptions, and educates the community on preparedness actions. Dan Frazen is the Agriculture Emergency Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). He leads CDA’s emergency management programs (preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation), supports local emergency management in rural / ag counties, and covers the Emergency Support Function (ESF) 11 Agriculture and Natural Resources desk at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and in local emergency operations centers across the state. OEM and CDA will be discussing the potential impacts of natural, technological and human caused incidents that could impact the agricultural communities and how to prepare your family and farm or ranch for disasters.

Denise Bradshaw, Weld County Office of Emergency Management

Dan Frazen, Colorado Department of Agriculture

11:30 am –
12:30 pm

No Bull: Words and Herds

Rachel Gabel is a longtime agriculture writer and the assistant editor of The Fence Post Magazine, as well as a farm broadcaster on the Western Ag Network. She writes exclusively about the agriculture industry and primarily about protein production. Gabel is a longtime agriculture writer and is full of stories from behind the articles and books she has penned. Her program combines her take on how ag producers can best reach consumers, but she offers it woven into stories all told with her one-of-a-kind sense of humor. She is frequently praised as a hoot, and she’ll take it.

Rachel Gabel, Assistant Editor of The Fence Post Magazine

1:30 pm –
2:30 pm

Estate Planning Considerations for Farmers and Ranchers

Krystal Woodbury began her legal career in 1998 with Koch Industries, Inc., in the corporate tax and mergers and acquisitions departments. In 1999, she moved into estate, business and tax planning work with regional accounting firm that focused its practice on farm and ranch tax, estate and succession planning. In October of 2008, Krystal founded Woodbury Law Office LLC and in July of 2011, she merged Woodbury Law Office LLC with Highlands Ranch Law Center P.C., now The Law Center P.C. Krystal is a Shareholder of The Law Center P.C., as well as Chief Financial Officer. While farmers and ranchers confront the same problems as any business owner regarding succession planning, wealth preservation and estate taxes, they also face many unique issues. They may have children who want to continue the farming or ranching business and children who do not. Good estate planning can help transfer both the land and the business from generation to generation, while maintaining fairness and equality. This presentation will cover common estate planning mistakes farmers and ranchers make, and components of a well thought out estate plan.

Krystal Woodbury, The Law Center P.C.

Small Animal: Pawnee Buttes

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10:00 am –
11:00 am

On Farm Biosecurity Best Practices

Discussion of on-farm biosecurity best practices for small animal producers. Will cover topics related to the principles of biosecurity and developing biosecurity plans that work best for your farm and business.

Jennifer Martin, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Colorado State University

11:00 am –
12:00 pm

Understanding Land Use Rights on your Farm

Kristin Ramey has owned Long Shadow Farm in Berthoud for over 15 years. They raise lamb, pork, beef, chicken, turkey, duck and quail on their small acreage farm. Kristin is also a member of the Larimer County Agricultural Advisory board, board member for her local ditch, the Dry Creek Lateral Ditch company, and officer of the Larimer County Farmer’s alliance. She works hard to seek ways for farms to be protected and accessible to new and seasoned farmers. She will discuss the different laws and regulations that impact how small farms and homesteads can operate.

Kristin Ramey, Long Shadow Farms

1:00 pm –
2:00 pm

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Backyard Flocks

Avian influenza is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect all birds, including poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, guinea fowl and quail) and domestic and wild waterfowl. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus strains are extremely infectious, often fatal to chickens and turkeys, and can spread rapidly from flock-to-flock. Come learn from CSU about HPAI and how to protect your flocks from contracting the disease.

Avian Health Department, Colorado State University

USDA Conservation Service: Pawnee Buttes

2:00 pm –
3:00 pm

Farm Bill Conservation Programs

Will has been a conservationist with USDA – NRCS since 2010 in the Greeley Field Office. Last year he became the Resource Team Lead, now covering most of Weld and Larimer Counties with a team of over 12 soil and range conservationists, foresters, and engineering technicians. He will give a short presentation followed by Q&A about Conservation Assistance Programs offered by NRCS.

William Owsley, USDA-NRCS, Resource Team Lead

2:00 pm –
3:00 pm

Farm Bill Conservation Programs

Will has been a conservationist with USDA – NRCS since 2010 in the Greeley Field Office. Last year he became the Resource Team Lead, now covering most of Weld and Larimer Counties with a team of over 12 soil and range conservationists, foresters, and engineering technicians. He will give a short presentation followed by Q&A about Conservation Assistance Programs offered by NRCS.

William Owsley, USDA-NRCS, Resource Team Lead

DAY 3

JANUARY 25

Ag Outlook Forum: Events Center Room A

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9:00 am –
11:00 am

Ag Commodity Outlook

Dr. Stephen Koontz is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. He works in the areas of commodity marketing, risk management, market price analysis, and agribusiness industrial organization. The outlook for 2024 is very strong for livestock, more modest for grain crops, and somewhere in between for hay markets. Persistent drought in the southern plains has caused considerable cowherd liquidation over the past years. The prospects for rebuilding will create a strong cattle and beef market for the next several years. Grain crops have retreated from their highs in 2022 but in part to weather and uncertainty in the important region around Ukraine. Drought and uncertainty remain a concern and should impact farm planning going forward. Regional forage demand remains very strong and will create opportunities for the coming year. Finally, the macroeconomic outlook has been persistently strong. Will it continue and what are the headwinds? An assessment of the commodity markets will be offered, as well as macroeconomy, and practical strategies for price risk management and forward pricing will be discussed.

Dr. Stephen Koontz, Professor in Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University

11:00 am –
12:00 pm

Making Your 2024 ARC/PLC Decisions

Dr. Brent Young serves as an Agricultural Business Management Economist with Colorado State University Extension. Brent strives help farmers and ranchers manage risk through the development, delivery and evaluation of non-credit educational programming. Farmers and Ranchers in Colorado manage in excess of 4 million FSA base acres that are subject to Title 1 programs and as part of the USDA “safety net”. The decisions made regarding these programs are crucial income source for many producers. In this session we will explore the payment outlook in 2024 for ARC-CO/PLC for the major program crops in Colorado and assist growers in preparing for the March 15, 2024 enrollment deadline.

Dr. Brent Young, Agriculture Business Management Economist, Colorado State University

Ag Education: Events Center B and C

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1:00 pm –
2:00 pm

Cultivating Advocates

Rachel Gabel is a longtime agriculture writer and the assistant editor of The Fence Post Magazine, as well as a farm broadcaster on the Western Ag Network. She writes exclusively about the agriculture industry and primarily about protein production. Gabel is a longtime agriculture writer and is full of stories from behind the articles and books she has penned. Rachel will speak about simple rules to guide beginning advocates for the agriculture industry and tips to identify opportunities to speak up. She will also share stories about her work, including the times she learned the hard way. Perfect for educators and anyone who wants to leave agriculture in good hands.

Rachel Gabel, Assistant Editor of The Fence Post Magazine

2:00 pm –
3:00 pm

The Successes and Pitfalls of Social Media

Tami is a fourth generation Weld County, Colorado rancher. Tami grew up showing cattle and livestock judging in both Weld County 4-H and Colorado FFA. She graduated from Northeastern Junior College with an associate’s degree in agricultural communications and from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in advertising media and public relations. Upon graduation, she went to work for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and in 2004, went to work for the Colorado Beef Council as the Director of Marketing, until taking her current position with the Colorado FFA Foundation in 2022. Social Media. Love it or hate it, it’s a part of our world! Use social media to you chapter’s benefit to engage your community, promote your events and show the successes of your members…without falling into the trap of pitfalls that social media can lure you into.

Tami Arnold, Event and Program Coordinator, Colorado FFA Foundation

3:00 pm –
4:00 pm

Bridging the Plate: Exploring the Intersection of Beef Production and Human Health

Emma Mortensen has a unique combination of experience and passions that have led her to pursue a career in agriculture and human nutrition. Born and raised on a fifth-generation farm and ranch in Northeastern Colorado, Emma first developed interests at the intersection of food production and human health at a young age. Growing up, Emma was very involved with crop and livestock production on her family’s operation. Having a hand in food production is something Emma never takes for granted, and those experiences are some of her greatest assets as a Registered Dietitian. There are numerous factors impacting consumer’s food purchasing decisions, including production practice, nutritional benefits and environmental impact. In this session, learn about the intersections of beef production, meat processing and the human health benefits of including beef in a healthy dietary pattern. Furthermore, hear about the unique opportunity for you and your students to “bridge the plate” with unique educational and career opportunities at the crossroads of beef production and human health.

Emma Mortensen, Grounded Nutrition Consulting

Equine: Pawnee Buttes

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9:30 am –
10:30 am

Horse Acupuncture

Kelly Anders, originally from Washington state, has always had a passion for working with horses. She completed a Bachelor’s in Animal Science at Washington State University and went on to earn her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. She now lives with her fiancé on his family dairy farm and is a Large Animal General Practitioner in Greeley. As a certified acupuncturist, she will be discussing the science behind acupuncture, how, when and why we might use it.

Kelly Anders, Large Animal General Practitioner

10:30 am –
11:30 am

Take the Guesswork Out of Feeding Your Horse!

Dr. Devan Catalano is CSU’s Equine Extension Specialist. In addition to her Extension efforts, Devan conducts research on nutrition and forage management, and coordinates the CSU Legends of Ranching program. Devan received her BS in Equine Science from Colorado State University and her MS and PhD from the University of Minnesota. Prior to returning to CSU, Devan was the nutritionist for a horse and livestock feed company in North Dakota. Come learn the basics of feeding horses, how to select the right commercial product, and how to manage different types of horses. We’ll bust some common myths about ingredients, figure out how to find accurate information on the internet, and give you peace of mind in making feeding decisions for your whole barn!

Dr. Devan Catalano, Equine Extension Specialist, Colorado State University

1:00 pm –
2:00 pm

From a Judge’s Perspective: Ranch Horse Do’s and Don'ts

Margo has won 9 World Championship Titles and has shown and trained many horses to Superior Event Titles in Halter, Western Pleasure, Western Riding and Reining as well as several AQHA Championships. She has also taken numerous horses to Top Ten placings at AQHA World Shows and the Quarter Horse Congress including a Reserve Champion title. Margo is an AQHA National Director for the State of Colorado. She now serves on the AQHA Show Committee and was previously on the Processional Horseman’s Committee. She was also a previous member of the World Conformation Horse Association Board of Directors. She has judged a total of 22 World Championship Shows, as well as the Arabian Nationals and The Canadian Nationals. She holds seven judging cards and has judged over 900 shows. Come have a chance to hear from Margo’s perspective the Do’s and Don’ts of the Ranch Horse division and how to improve those scores to receive +’s instead of -’s.

Margo Ball, Certified Judge