01-26-17 Make plans to attend the Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show in Rocky Ford on Feb 9th

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The Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show is an opportunity to update area farmers, ranchers and business people on pertinent topics that are of interest to them, as well as introduce new and exciting topics. Academic and industry experts will share the latest research and innovation that contribute to the ongoing advancements of the agriculture industry. In addition, industry representatives and innovators will showcase and discuss leading-edge advancements occurring across the country.

This is a not-to-be-missed event! Pre-registration is encouraged due to the capacity limits for the symposium.

A Look at the Agenda

Morning Session:

8:00 – 8:30             Registration (Coffee/Refreshments)

8:30 – 8:40             Welcome/Opening Remarks

8:40 – 9:40             Lease Fallow Arrangements & Success Stories

Jack Goble, P.E.
Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District

Potential John Martin Storage Account

Mike Weber, E.I.T.
Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District

9:40 – 10:05           USDA Updates

Chuck Hanagan
USDA – Farm Service Agency

10:05 – 10:20          Break and Trade Show

10:20 – 11:20          Landscape Scale Management Strategies

Tate Smith
Landscape Counseling & Management
Regenerative Stewardship, LLC

11:20 – 12:20          Ag Markets

Dr. Stephen Koontz
Economist/Commodity Markets
Colorado State University

12:20 – 1:30           Lunch and Trade Show

Afternoon Session:

1:30 – 2:30            Managing Ecosystems with Grazing

Ted Alexander
Ecologist/Rancher
2007 NCBA Region VII Environmental Stewardship Award Winner

2:30 – 2:45            Break and Trade Show

2:45 – 3:45            Economic Analysis of Industrial Hemp

Jeffrey Tranel
Agriculture & Business Management Economist
Colorado State University

 Licensing Procedures for Growing Industrial Hemp

Duane Sinning
Assistant Director Plant Industry
Program Manager for Industrial Hemp
Colorado Department of Agriculture

3:45 – 4:00            Evaluations/Closing

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