Colorado Farm Show: Schedule and information for Jan. 26-28 at Island Grove Regional Park |

Colorado Farm Show: Schedule and information for Jan. 26-28 at Island Grove Regional Park

Lawrence Goodridge

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Produce Day

Events Center Room B

9-9:30 a.m.


Robert Sakata, president of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, owner of Sakata Farms in Brighton, Colo.

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association has grown to over 140 members with 25 sponsors in just over one year. At their November retreat, the board set their 2016 priorities. Sakata will provide updates regarding the progress of the CFVGA as it heads into its second year. Come hear how CFVGA will “Grow Resources and Cultivate Success” in 2016.

9:30-10:20 a.m.

What’s New In Vegetable Crop Research for Colorado?

Dr. Mike Bartolo, director of Colorado State University Arkansas Valley Research Station in Rocky Ford, Colo.

Each year, vegetable growers must bring their best in cultural practices and pest control. Improvements that help growers address production concerns are ongoing. The 2015 growing season was a huge challenge due to weather. What will the 2016 growing season throw at growers? Bartolo will share the latest that CSU has to offer in terms of new practices and tools.

10:30-11 a.m.

Federal Policy Perspective for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Dennis Nuxoll, vice president of federal government affairs, Western Growers in Washington D.C.

Produce remains vulnerable to workforce issues and shifting regulatory compliance hurdles for growers. What is the political landscape and how will it affect you? Get the scoop directly on federal issues from Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association partner Western Growers. Nuxoll brings the insights from inside the beltway on issues that affect producer growers, including labor and food safety issues.

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Staying Fresh On the Farm-Farm Food Safety Tools

Dr. Lawrence Goodridge, professor and director of food safety and quality at McGill University in Montreal, Canada

On-farm food safety is a critical risk management element in produce businesses. The industry standard, regulatory landscape and research findings are an emerging landscape. For Colorado fruit and vegetables to hold a strong standing in the marketplace, growers must ensure and communicate effective on-farm food safety practices. Learn the latest news and tools to ensure on-farm food safety for produce.

12-1 p.m.

Lunch break

1-2 p.m.

Labor Compliance and Best Practices for Fruit & Vegetable Growers in Colorado

Dr. Dawn Thilmany, professor of agribusiness and agribusiness extension economist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

Planting, managing and harvesting are dependent on a viable workforce. Growers struggle with finding and retaining qualified workers, complying with H2A and other labor regulatory requirements and planning a business future with such uncertainty around labor. Meanwhile, each season requires many hands on deck to get the job done. How do growers survive with labor challenges? Explore with us the current regulatory landscape and best practices to recruit and retain employees.

2-3 p.m.

Business Development Tools for Produce Growers

Martha Sullins, ag business management specialist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

Wendy White, domestic marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture in Broomfield, Colo.

Businesses don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan. Sullins and White will discuss new research, information and tools that support produce growers’ business planning and management practices. Learn about market channel assessments as a way to analyze returns to key inputs such as labor and transportation and the implications for selecting the most profitable markets. Additionally, they will discuss upcoming training to improve business-to-business practices for managing food safety, insurance and liability, product quality and other buyer requirements in the direct to consumer, retail and wholesale markets.

Beef Day

Events Center Room A

9-9:15 a.m.

Colorado Beef Industry – An Issues and Opportunities Update

Robert Farnam, northeast quarter representative for the Colorado Cattleman’s Association in Johnstown, Colo.

Robert will present a brief update on the various programs that the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association is currently involved with.

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Colorado Agriculture Today

Don Brown, Colorado commissioner of agriculture in Denver

As Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown is tasked with strengthening and advancing Colorado agriculture; promoting a safe, high quality and sustainable food supply; and protecting consumers, the environment and natural resources. Brown will discuss the major issues Colorado cattlemen are facing in 2016 and beyond.

9:45-10:15 a.m.

Veterinary Feed Directives – What? Why? When?

Dr. Del Miles, managing member at Veterinary Research & Consultant Services, LLC in Greeley, Colo.

Dr. Miles will shed light on what cattlemen need to know regarding the FDA’s new Veterinary Feed Directives, the veterinary/client relationship, and the use of feed grade antibiotics.

10:15-11 a.m.

Ranchers’ Decision-Making and Adaptive Grazing Management: A Case Study of the Central Great Plains

Hailey Wilmer, graduate research assistant at Rangeland Social-Ecological Systems Lab at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

This CSU study looks at how ranchers across Eastern Colorado and Southeastern Wyoming make decisions related to grazing, and monitors the elogical outcomes of those decisions. Preliminary results indicate rancher’s perceived benefits of different grazing management approaches, including ecological, economic and cultural benefits.

11-11:45 a.m.

The Lowry Range: A Holistic Approach to Improving Rangelands

Nick Trainor, owner of Trainor Cattle Co. in Watkins, Colo.

William Woolston, district resource specialist at the State Land Board in Eaton, Colo.

Approximately 26,000 acres in size, the Lowry Range is one of the most dynamic properties held in trust by the State Land Board. Nick Trainor, who leases the ranch for grazing, will explain the Holistic Management Plan being used to help achieve the landscape vision developed for the property by the State Land Board. William Woolston will expand on the land board’s ongoing role in the project.

11:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

NRCS Programs for Grazing Lands

Jon Wicke, area resource conservationist programs at Natural Resource Conservation Service in Eaton, Colo.

Wicke will provide a brief update on NRCS programs that are available to provide technical and financial assistance to producers to promote proper management of rangeland and pasture resources.

12-1 p.m.

Lunch break

1-1:45 p.m.

Market Update and Outlook

Jim Robb, senior agricultural economist at Livestock Marketing Information Center in Lakewood, Colo.

Many forces are shaping the cattle and beef industry. This presentation will focus on the major economic drivers underpinning both supply and demand from U.S. cattle numbers to export market trends. Robb will also present a price outlook for calves, yearlings and fed cattle.

1:45-2:30 p.m.

Breeding Cattle in the Genomics Era

Tonya Amen, genetic service director at the American Angus Association/Angus Genetics Inc. in St. Joseph, Mo.

Tonya will review the tools currently available for making selection and breeding decisions.


Breeding Cattle in the Genomics Era – Producer Panel Discussion

Moderator: Joe Kimmel, owner of Kimmel Angus in Stoneham, Colo.

Willie Altenburg, owner of Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch in Fort Collins, Colo.

Larry Croissant, owner of Croissant Red Angus in Briggsdale, Colo.

Steve Fiolkoski, owner of SEGA Gelbvieh in Pierce, Colo.

Tonya Amen, genetic service director at the American Angus Association/Angus Genetics Inc. in St. Joseph, Mo.

Area seedstock producers will discuss use of genomic testing in registered herds and, along with Tonya Amen, will field questions about the role of genomics in commercial cattle production.

Ag Spotlight

Events Center Room C

9-10:30 a.m.

Think Before You Launch

Jessica Freeman, executive director at Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association in Platteville, Colo.

Sam Rogge, president at Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association in Fowler, Colo.

Think Before You Launch is an in depth look at the safety issues that arise when manned and unmanned aircraft share the airspace of 0-400 feet above ground level. Drones will be utilized as a tool in precision agriculture while manned aircraft are frequently working in the same areas performing aerial application services, or crop dusting. Anyone utilizing a drone or hiring the services of a drone operator needs an in depth understanding of current regulations, potential liabilities and best practices to avoid causing an accident and being exposed to liabilities.

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

What’s the Outlook for Agricultural Commodity markets & the Economy?

Stephen Koontz, professor and extension economist at the Department of Ag & Resource Economics, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

Commodity markets have shown considerable volatility for the past 10 years. What is next? More of the same or some sort of return to normal? What will we likely see in the markets for cattle, feed grains, forages, wheat, oilseeds and dairy products? And then, what about the general ecnomy? Energy and currency markets made big moves in 2015. Interest rates are surely next. What are these outlooks, what can a producer expect, and what can a producer do?

12:15-1 p.m.

Lunch break

1-2:30 p.m.

Early Days of Hemp R&D in Colorado

John McKay, associate professor of plant evolutionary genomics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

Duane Sinning, program manager of industrial hemp at the Colorado Department of Agriculture in Denver

The 2014 USDA Farm Bill contains language providing for the cultivation of Cannabis for research to study the “growth, cultivations, or marketing of industrial hemp” (defined as cannabis with THC levels below 0.3% by dry weight) in states that allow such cultivation. Additional bills are pending that would remove any remaining restrictions on hemp production and research. For farmers, hemp is a promising new crop to incorporate into their rotations. Once hemp production in Colorado reaches significant acreage, this will provide opportunity for new industry and R&D around end uses including products derived from flower, grain and stalks. McKay will report on research at CSU where we conducted a variety trial of 17 cultivars from Europe and Asia. These trials we grew at two locations spanning the latitude and growing conditions of Colorado. In addition, McKay will present hemp breeding and agronomy research that has been conducted in the private sector, working with New West Genetics to create hemp varieties adapted for large scale production.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Dairy Days

Events Center Room A

9:30-10 a.m.


Cindy French-Haren, CEO of Western Dairy Association in Thorton, Colo.

French-Haren will discuss the latest dairy checkoff accomplishments and research, including consumer concerns that impact food policy and the latest trends in retail and food service. Promoting consumer confidence in dairy is top priority for dairy farmers and the dairy community.

10-11 a.m.

Understanding the Upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive

Dr. Brett Kaysen, dairy productivity specialist at Zoetis in Eaton, Colo.

Jerrod Samber, livestock production specialist at Zoetis in Atwood, Colo.

Kaysen and Samber will discuss the new Food and Drug Administration guidance #209, guidance #213 and Veterinary Feed Directive and how it will affect dairymen, veterinarians and medicated feed additives. They will outline the background and the current status of these guidelines as well as discuss the requirements and the next steps in the implementation process.

11-11:05 a.m.

Travel Voucher Giveaway

11:05 a.m.-12 p.m.

Human Resources Management Strategies for Better Results

Dr. Juan Velez, executive vice president of farm operations at Aurora Organic Dairy in Platteville, Colo.

This session will focus on human resource management practices employed by a local operation to improve performance and promote a positive work environment. Velez will discuss dairy practices that promote employee motivation and greater safety and health behaviors and which in turn have an impact on animal health, productivity and the dairy’s bottom line.

12-1:15 p.m.

Lunch break

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Dairy Forages – What’s New in Genetics and Management

Dr. Bill Mahanna, global nutritional sciences manager at DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa

Mahanna will present an overview of recent genetic and management developments for growing, harvesting and feeding corn, alfalfa and sorghum to high-producing dairy cattle. He will also present results of an informal survey among producers and consulting nutritionists as to the most important forage-related areas where dairy producers should focus attention.

2:30 -2:35 p.m.

Travel Voucher Giveaway

2016 Colorado Weather Report

Events Center Room B

1-3 p.m.

2016 Colorado Weather Update

Nolan Doesken, state climatologist and CoCoRaHS Program Director at Colorado State Univerisy in Fort Collins, Colo.

In the tradition of the Colorado Farm Show, Doesken will begin by reviewing the weather conditions of 2015 that impacted Colorado agriculture. He will summarize the “Miracle May” where we went from very dry to extraordinarily wet, resulting in river flooding, late planting and greatly reduced need for irrigation water in May and June. Then patterns turned dry for the second half of the summer. The year will be compared to weather over the past decade and century. He will address questions like, “Did ‘El Nino’ influence Colorado’s weather patterns in 2015 and will it continue to do so in 2016?” and “What can we anticipate for 2016?” Doesken will also encourage the agricultural community to help track localized precipitation patterns by participating in CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network) at

2016 Partners In Ag

Events Center Room C

10-10:30 a.m.

Innovation in Weather Forecasting

Mike Nelson, chief meteorologist at Channel 7 News in Denver

Short-term weather is to climate as one sports play is to an entire season. Nelson will share some insights about the climate’s impact on Colorado’s weather, the 2016 growing season, and some of the innovative uses of technology to monitor local weather.

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

Panel Discussion – Innovations in Precision Farming

Moderator: Dr. Raj Khosla, professor of precision agriculuture at Colorado State University’s College of Ag Science in Fort Collins, Colo.

Steve Sveum, vice president of sales and marketing at AgSense in Huron, S.D.

Tom McKinnon, founder and chief technical offiver of Agribotix in Boulder, Colo.

Jeff Brown, vice president of roaming and data services at Viaero Wireless in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Technology gives today’s farmer the ability to monitor field conditions and inputs at the square foot level or smaller. Real-time connectivity in the field allows the ag operator to leverage that data with information from other sources to take outputs to the next level. Solution providers will share how they are combining technology and connectivity to give farmers greater control in their day-to-day operations.

12-12:45 p.m.

Lunch break

12:45-1 p.m.

Don Brown – Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture

1-2 p.m.

Panel Discussion – Big Bad Farm Data

Chad Godsey, owner of Godsey Precision Ag in Eckley, Colo.

Margaret Maizel, president of Visual Farms in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Scott Luallin, systems architect at Intrado in Longmont, Colo.

Kumar Navulur, senior director, strategic solutions development at Digital Globe in Longmont, Colo.

Farmers rely on data from their operations to make quick and informed decisions. The amount of data from your operation is increasing exponentially. How do you make the most of your data? What resources exist to help you manage and make sense of it? Who owns the data generated through your operation? Can it be monetized?

2:15-3:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion – The Price of Innovation in Precision Farming

Moderator: James Pritchett, executive associate dean of Colorado State University’s College of Ag Sciences in Fort Collins, Colo.

Shawn Osthoff, president at Bank of Colorado inFt. Collins, Colo.

Chris Dollerschell, senior loan officer at Premier Farm Credit in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Kari Linker-Nation, executive director at Morgan County Economic Development in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Today’s farmer utilizes more technology than ever before and it comes with both a price and a benefit. How will today’s innovative technology solutions impact the agricultural economy? What return-on-investment should someone look for to justify the cost of precision farming and other agriculture technology solutions? Do traditional sources of financing support investment in innovative agricultural technology solutions?

Thursday, Jan. 28

2016 Partners In Ag

Events Center Room B & C

10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Believing In What You Can’t See

Landan Schaffert, motivational speaker from Otis, Colo.

Landan Schaffert is a motivational speaker with a passion for instilling in others a belief in their potential to achieve greatness. Schaffert, who has been legally blind since birth, shares stories of his unique life experiences to bring laughter, reflection and motivation to his audiences.

Schaffert grew up on his family’s farm and ranch operation near the small town of Otis, where he developed a love for agriculture. His family primarily grows irrigated corn and dryland wheat, and they raise Angus cattle. In 2008, as a senior in high school, Schaffert served as the student body president. That same year, he received the full-ride Boettcher Scholarship — the most prestigious merit-based scholarship and academic award in Colorado.

Having been a very passionate member of FFA since ninth grade, Schaffert sought to continue serving FFA members after his first year of college. In 2009, he was elected as a state officer and took a year-long leave of absence from college to travel across Colorado speaking about agriculture and facilitating leadership activities for FFA members. Then, in 2010, after a rigorous week-long interview, he was elected National FFA Secretary as one of the six national officers from across the U.S. to serve more than half a million FFA members. As the National FFA Secretary, Schaffert took another year off from college and traveled an estimated 120,000 miles, visited most of the country and Japan, and spoke to approximately 100,000 people in public speeches, leadership workshops, stakeholder meetings and many other venues.

Since then, he has been highly involved in politics, interning for U.S. Senator Cory Gardner and then State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg. In addition to his studies and work in politics, Schaffert launched a motivational speaking business in which he continues to travel and speak to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from how to achieve greatness in the face of adversity to how to practice brotherhood with everyone, not just blood relatives, to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Schaffert graduated summa cum laude this year from Colorado State University with a double major in political science and agriculture business. He was named one of the nine Shining Stars of CSU’s class of 2015. This fall, Schaffert will teach science, algebra and public speaking in Otis and continue his speaking career. One day, he hopes to run for Congress and enter public service to help ensure a bright and prosperous future for our nation. ❖

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