03-08-17 CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration

CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration

Colorado Livestock Association invites you to attend the 2017 CLA Annual Meeting and Colorado’s Finest Celebration to be held at the Embassy Suites, Loveland, CO on April 5-6, 2017. CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado. The event kicks off on Wednesday evening at the Welcome Reception, followed by Colorado’s Finest Celebration, to showcase Colorado’s livestock industry. Spend the evening tasting the best of Colorado agriculture!

Thursday morning the CLA Annual Membership Meeting will be held to elect leadership and conduct Association business. The featured panel, “The First 77 Days of the Trump Administration,” will shed light on how President Trump’s policies will affect agriculture. Panelists include; Jackie Klippenstein, VP of Industry and Legislative Affairs, Dairy Farmers of America, Colin Woodall, VP of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Michael Formica, Assistant VP, Domestic Affairs & Counsel, National Pork Producers Council. This dynamic panel will be moderated by Thad Lively, Senior VP for Trade Access, with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

The Past Presidents of CLA and the Colorado Cattle Feeder’s Association will be celebrated for their leadership at Thursday’s luncheon. Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown will be presented CLA’s highest honor, the Top Choice Award, for his commendable work on behalf of the industry.

Following lunch, JoAnn Winks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will share her experience as the Assistant Port Director for Trade at the Denver International Airport where her team works to protect America’s agriculture industry and the nation’s food supply from global threats and unknowing smugglers of animal disease.

The afternoon also will feature J.J. Jones, Center for Food Integrity, who will share key insights from their recently released transparency research that each member of the CLA can apply in their individual operations and through the Association.

The pre-registration deadline is March 30th. Attendees will receive a discounted hotel rate of $134.00 if they book before March 22nd. Further information on the schedule, registration and hotel rooms can be found online at www.coloradolivestock.org/events/annual.

Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) was formed in 1998 through a restructuring of the then 43-year-old Colorado Cattle Feeders Association (CCFA). CLA members are cattle and sheep feeders, cow/calf producers, dairy farmers, swine operations, and industry partners. CLA works on behalf of its members in the regulatory and legislative arenas in Colorado. For more information about CLA visit www.coloradolivestock.org