Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture set for Feb. 18 |

Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture set for Feb. 18

Technology, labor issues and changing rural demographics will be among topics discussed at the 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture.

The forum, which will be at 8 a.m. Feb. 18 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St., will also discuss the future of ag and important topics affecting the industry.

The theme this year is “Next Generation Agriculture.” The event will explore how Colorado can best prepare a next generation of top-notch producers, according to a new release. These producers will be tasked feeding a fast-growing population with less resources and a number of other challenges.

The forum is hosted by the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program and will cover the future of Colorado’s rural communities, labor availability challenges, succession planning for farmers and ranchers, working multi-generational workplaces, the changing landscape for women in ag, Colorado’s cannabis industry, technology, biotechnology, social media and more.

About 24 presenters and panelists are expected to speak at the event, including David Brown, co-director of Cornell University’s Community and Regional Development Institute and international professor of development sociology; Jason Resnick, vice president and general counsel with the Western Growers Association; and Juriana Sperandio, head of organization development with JBS LLC.

“Colorado’s $40 billion ag industry is a top two or three contributor to our state’s economy each year, employs thousands of Colorado residents, has been instrumental in leading us out of the recent recession, and most importantly, helps feed Colorado’s 5 million people. Any conversations focused on supporting this industry and maximizing opportunities for the next generation of producers are absolutely worth having,” said Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper.

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— Staff reports

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