Colorado Farm Show Schedule |

Colorado Farm Show Schedule

10-11 a.m.Agro-Tech: Special Data Collection and Computer Analysis to Assess Patterns and Enhance Management of Variability

Tim Green and Rob Erskine, USDA-ARS, Ag Systems Research Unit – Ft. Collins, CO

GIS, RTK-GPS, TDR on an ATV, FDR, IRT….what does it all mean? Automated data collection using electronic instruments is readily available for measuring and mapping soil and crop status. Agro-technology is changing American agriculture as we follow the stream of the information era. What can and should be mapped on your farm? What are the current states of science and technology (S&T)? How can farmers and ranchers use current S&T to their benefit? Of all the technology out there, what might give the best return on investment of time and money? There are more questions than answers; but, some things are clear. This session will give examples of what can be mapped (such as grain and forage yield, terrain attributes, and soil moisture) and how maps may be analyzed to quantify variability. The portion of spatial and temporal variability that can be explained can be managed. Audience participation will be encouraged during the discussion.

11 a.m.-noon How to Navigate Market Risks in Volatile Times

Steve Koontz, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics, CSU – Ft. Collins, CO

Steve will be talking about how to look at marketing risk management ideas during volatile times. When you consider inflation, high fuel and fertilizer costs as well as lack of stability in different economies around the world that have an impact on the United States; how do you plan for such unstable conditions?

12-1:15 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1:15-2:15 p.m. Farm Labor Panel Discussion

Frank Gasperini, Jr., Executive Vice President, National Council of Agricultural Employers – Vienna, VA

Olga Ruiz, State Monitor Advocate, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – Denver, CO

Thomas Gonzales, Colorado Depart. of Labor and Employment, Colorado Workforce Services – Denver, CO

This panel will be looking at the labor issues affecting not only Colorado but the entire United States from the viewpoint of agricultural employers as well as agriculture workers. Also included in the round table will be insight on the H-2A Visa program.

2:15-3:15 p.m. Risk Management for a New Era and a New Farm Bill

Bradley Lubben, Ext. Assist. Prof., Policy Spec. & Dir., NC Risk Mgt. Ed. Center, Univ. of Neb. – Lincoln, NE

Higher prices; but, higher market volatility can mean both greater opportunities and greater risks for producers. Coupled with changes in federal farm programs and spending, producers will need to examine changes in the farm income safety net and implications for sound risk management decision-making on the farm. Lubben’s presentation will discuss this new environment and the coming changes in farm policy and set the stage for producers to adapt their risk management decisions and strategies for future success.

9:20-9:30 a.m. Welcome:

Dr. Kevin Pond, Animal Science Dept. Head, CSU – Ft. Collins, CO

9:30-10:30 a.m. Organizing Ranching Systems to Manage Risk

Burke Tiechart, Retired from AgReserves, Inc., General Manager, Operational Vice President, Orem, UT

Producing beef is a complex endeavor. Because of the complexity, it is important to develop systems for genetics, nutrition, breeding and that align with the available land and labor resources. By doing this, much of the risk in these production systems can be minimized. Burke has spent his career in developing management programs in the beef production sector. His experience and insight will be helpful to anyone interested in reducing risks in ranching.

10:30-11:25 a.m. The Economics of Stocking Rate

Tim Steffens, USDA-NRCS Multi-county Rangeland Management Specialist for Southeast Colorado, Springfield, CO

Using gross margin analysis and research-based information on the biological relationship between stocking rates and animal performance, the presentation will illustrate how optimum economic stocking rate is determined by the ratio of variable costs: value of production and is independent of overhead costs. Discussion will include how to estimate optimum stocking rate under “normal” conditions, the relationship between risk and profitability under conditions of differing forage quantity/quality, why overhead costs must be evaluated compared to the total gross margin from the operation that is available to cover overhead expenses, rather than attempting to cover excessive overhead expenses with increased volume that may actually decrease total gross margin for the operation.

BREAK ($50 door prize)

11:25 a.m.-12 p.m. An Overview of Beef Cattle Markets and Marketing, and How They Affect Profitability

Jim Robb, Director, Livestock Marketing Information Center, Denver, CO

In recent years, the marketplace for agricultural commodities, including beef cattle and feed, has become increasingly volatile and difficult to predict. In addition, any increases in cattle sale prices seem to be matched with rising feed and input prices, making profitability hard to achieve. Jim Robb, Director and Senior Agricultural Economist at the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) in Denver, will provide an overview on beef cattle markets and marketing to help attendees better understand changes that are underway in the beef cattle industry, and how they will likely affect producer profitability.

12-1 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1-1:30 p.m. Animal Disease Traceability and Animal Health Update

Dr. Keith Roehr, Colorado State Veterinarian, Colorado Department of Agriculture – Lakewood, CO

What does the new USDA proposed Animal Disease Traceability rule mean for livestock producers? The Animal Disease Traceability system will provide a foundation to enable improved disease control/eradication, are applicable only to livestock that move interstate, provide flexibility to states to administer and offer low cost alternatives to livestock producers. What questions has this new Traceability system beget for your operation? Livestock Health Update; What disease risks are relevant to Colorado livestock producers?

1:30-1:40 p.m. BREAK ($50 door prize)

1:40-3 p.m. What Was The Best and Worst Decision You Made Affecting Profitability?

Producer Panel: Moderated by Kevin Miller, Croissant Red Angus, Briggsdale, CO

Gary Sheffler, / V Ranch, New Raymer, CO

Jim Sturrock, Lonesome Pines Land & Cattle Co. LLC, Grover, CO

Steve Wooten, Beatty Canyon Ranch, Inc. Kim, CO

Grady Grissum, Rancho Largo Cattle Company, Fowler, CO

Burke Tiechart, Retired from AgReserves, Inc., General Manager, Operational Vice President, Orem, UT

Each producer will discuss the worst and best decisions they made that affected their profitability. After this, it will be opened up for question and answers with the producers.

9-10 a.m. Elbows Off the Table

Marie Hornback, H.M.S. Protocol & Etiquette Training – Windsor, CO

Ever wonder what to do with all those spoons and forks at that “fancy” restaurant? And which glass is yours and what do you do with your napkin if you have to leave the table? Come hear Marie Hornback of HMS Protocol in Windsor and get all these plus lots of other questions answered. Soft skills are becoming increasingly significant not only in corporate America; but, also in the global arena. A survey conducted by two University of Massachusetts economists found that 86% of employers considered them to be among their most important hiring criteria.

10-11 a.m. Creating a Beautiful and Edible Landscape

Robyn Dolgin, Owner, Wild Iris Living, LLC – Ft. Collins, CO

Tired of watering thirsty turf and non-productive trees, shrubs, and flower gardens? Ready to increase the productivity of your landscape and become more self-sufficient using sustainable practices? Then put this informative, not-to-be-missed workshop on your calendar! Join us in learning the basics of how to establish a highly productive edible landscape. Find out which fruiting trees, shrubs, vines, and small fruits to include in your plant selection. Take home cultural requirements along with useful design concepts for a successful transition in making your own backyard an edible oasis.

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Conservation Easements

Ryan Boggs, Executive Director, Legacy Land Trust – Ft. Collins, CO

Ryan will discuss the basics of conserving your land for the future using conservation easements. He will cover important information on tax benefits while still owing the land. You will leave with a strong understanding of what conservation easements are and how they can benefit you.

12-1 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1-2 p.m. Estate Planning

Suzie Germany, Attorney at Law, The Germany Law Firm – Denver, CO

Suzie will discuss basic estate planning and disability planning issues for farmers and ranchers. She will also cover the use of trusts, wills, powers of attorney, special need planning, guardianship, and conservatorship. She will cover business succession planning and navigating difficult family dynamics proactively instead of seeing the family farm/ranch having to be sold due to litigation and/or poor planning. Finally, Suzie will touch on elder financial exploitation and what we she has seen in the farming/ranching communities.

9-10 a.m. Techniques for Humane Euthanasia of Cattle

Dr. Jan Shearer, Professor, Dairy Ext. Vet., Iowa State Univ. College of Vet. Medicine – Ames, IA

Dr. Shearer is a believer that dairy farmers share an important responsibility to provide optimum care for their animals. It is a charge they assume willingly as caretakers of that gentle creature recognized as the source of nature’s most nearly perfect food – milk. The US dairy industry’s commitment to assuring the best in animal care and product quality assurance represents an important step forward in the preservation of consumer confidence that farm production practices are consistent and address concerns for animal well-being.

10-11:30 a.m. Foundation for the Future Panel Debate

Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation – Arlington, VA

Jim Dickrell, Editor, Dairy Today, – Monticello, MN

Moderator: Mike Veeman, Veeman & Sons Dairy, & Area Rep for Dairy Farmers of America – Wiggins, CO

Foundation for the Future is a package of proposed dairy policy programs that potentially improves the traditional approach to dairy policy and fosters a more economically-viable and secure future for dairy producers. It serves as a new roadmap for dairy policy by focusing on margin protection, rather than price. Supporters say this strategic shift is essential to a producer’s profit potential, and will help improve equity and stabilize dairy markets. Foundation for the Future continues to be debated across the U.S.


11:30 a.m.-noon The Dairy Checkoff – “A Dairy Network Bringing Value Back To Business”

Cindy Haren, CEO, Western Dairy Association – Thorton, CO

Few businesses in the world can genuinely proclaim producing such a wholesome, nutrient rich, safe, sustainable food that all individuals need on a daily basis. But dairy farmers can. This is a noteworthy achievement few of our competitors and foes can match. The dairy checkoff has a business model that works. It is a comprehensive unified program engaging consumers, food processors, retailers, allied business, academic institutions and health, wellness and science professionals. These relationships have activated new channels for product innovation, public awareness and business growth that are, ultimately, driving sales and demand for dairy consumption. WDA’s work is to not only inform and educate consumers, stakeholders and key influencers, but to give them a “reason to care” and drive them to take action. It is focused on bringing value back to the dairy farmers who fund the Unified Marketing Plan and to the industry and business friends it partners with.

12-1 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1-1:15 p.m. New Faces

Bill Wailes will introduce Eric Brown, agriculture reporter at the Greeley Tribune and Dr. Kevin Pond, Chair of the Animal Sciences Department at Colorado State University


1:15-3:30 p.m. The Agricultural Labor Crisis and the Chances for Immigration Reform: Potential Solutions to Dairy’s Labor Shortages

John Salazar, Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture – Denver, CO

Leon Sequeira, Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP – Washington, DC

Bob Beauprez, Rancher & Former member of Congress from the 7th Congressional District of Colorado

Moderator: Jon Slutsky, La Luna Dairy – Wellington, Colorado.

A comprehensive national survey of the employment practices of America’s dairy farmers found that they rely heavily on foreign-born workers, the loss of which would cripple many farms and create a ripple effect of job losses through the rural economy. The issue of immigration continues to be discussed in Washington and on dairy farms across the U.S. This panel will discuss proposed legislative solutions for the ag labor issues and the prospects for that legislation becoming law. They will also discuss what individual producers can do to influence the process and the outcome.

1-3 p.m. Colorado Climate Center “State of the Climate” Report

Nolan Doesken, State Climatologist & CoCoRaHS Program Director, CSU-Ft. Collins, CO

Nolan Doesken will review the highlights of 2011 including the huge snowpack this past spring in Colorado’s Northern Mountains, the improvements to water supplies in Northeastern Colorado, the hot summer statewide, and the persisting drought over much of Southern Colorado. He will provide an update on statewide climate monitoring efforts and a description of the new statewide water education program – Water 2012. Finally, the current mid winter weather patterns will be described followed by a look ahead to 2012.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Advanced Equine Reproductive Procedures

Dr. Joe Manning, Veterinary Technical Services Mgr., Merck Animal Health-Weatherford, TX

Dr. Manning will discuss the complete breeding process, estrus cycles, and potential costs associated with the process of artificial insemination. The pros and cons of fresh, cooled, and frozen semen will be outlined along with embryo transfer procedures.Additionally, Dr. Manning will discuss stallion management including semen collection and evaluation procedures. He will also cover mare management, dealing with problem mares, management of mares throughout the pregnancy period and end the day with a discussion about foal care.

12-1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1:30-4 p.m. Surgical Treatment of Selected Joint Diseases

Dr. Josh Zacharias, Equine Surgeon, Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Services-Greeley, CO

Many athletic, breeding, and back-yard horses develop various diseases of their joints. They may develop over time, such as arthritis, or may be suddenly acquired by traumatic injuries. Veterinarians strive to treat issues medically when possible; however, some conditions require surgical treatment. Some of the conditions that may require surgery include osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, bone chips, abnormalities in joint development, traumatic soft tissue injury, infection, and fractures. The most common joint surgery performed is arthroscopy, where a small incision is made to insert a scope that is attached to a camera to visualize the inside of a joint. This minimally invasive surgery can be used to treat most of the listed diseases, however, in some cases, conventional surgery may be required. As a horse-owner, knowing some basics about when a surgery may be indicated and especially when it is not can save time and money by helping you to decide with your veterinarian what is best for your horse.

9-9:45 a.m. Noxious Weed Biology, Identification, and Management for Irrigation Companies & Other Interested Parties

Dr. George Beck, Prof. of Weed Sci., Bio-agriculture Sciences & Pest Mgt., CSU – Ft. Collins, CO

Dr. Beck will present a presentation of noxious weeds and other land weeds that grow along irrigation ditches while discovering the best legal herbicide choices for their control.

9:50-10:35 a.m. Aquatic Weed Identification and Management

Scott Nissen, Weed Science Professor & Extension Specialist, CSU – Ft. Collins, CO

Scott will present a graphic display of the problematic aquatic weeds that reside in irrigation ditches and ponds along with the control options for meeting your needs.

10:40-11:25 a.m. Laws, Regulations, and NPDES

Steve Ryder, CO State Weed Coordinator, CO Dept. of Ag – Lakewood, CO

Steve Blunt, Pesticide Applicator Coordinator, CO Dept. of Ag – Lakewood, CO

Tina Booton, Weed Division Supervisor, Weld County Public Works – Greeley, CO

A round table discussion with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Weld County on state weed laws, county laws, licensing and record keeping requirements along with NPDES regulations.

11:30-12:00 Grass Choices for Irrigation Ditches and Wet Areas

Don Hijar, Owner, Pawnee Buttes Seed Company – Greeley, CO

A conversation on grass species that grow well along irrigation ditches and wet areas that are easy to maintain. Don will discuss what grasses provide competition to weeds, not too tall, handle flooding yet do not use too much water, can tolerate occasional burning and are fairly easy to establish.

12-1 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1-2:30 p.m. Living with Weeds: Home and Landowners

Dr. George Beck, Prof. of Weed Sci., Bio-agriculture Sciences & Pest Mgt., CSU – Ft. Collins, CO

Dr. Beck will present a pictorial presentation on noxious weeds and other land weeds. Focus will be on Canada thistle, must thistle, and bind weed while discovering the best legal herbicide choices for their control. Dr. Beck will discuss management components, designed disturbance, controlled colonization, and controlled species performance. Also discussed will be succession cause, site availability, differential species availability, and differential species performance.

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