01-15-18 Hotel Block for 2018 Governor’s Ag Forum Ends January 31st

Hotel Block for 2018 Governor’s Ag Forum Ends January 31st

January 15, 2018, Denver, Colo. – The hotel room block for the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture is closing on January 31, 2018.
Mention “Colorado Agriculture” for a room rate of $139 per night.  All registrants are responsible for their own hotel reservations.
The Forum will take place at  the Renaissance Denver Hotel, located at 3801 Quebec St. Denver, CO  80207. The phone number for the hotel is (800) 468-3571.
Please follow this link to reserve your hotel room.

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01-15-18 2018 CFVGA Conference an Opportunity for Participants to Meet Prospective Buyers, Learn about Crisis Communication

2018 CFVGA Conference an Opportunity for Participants to Meet
Prospective Buyers, Learn about Crisis Communication
Early Registration Rates Available through Feb. 5
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s (CFVGA) Fourth Annual ConferenceFeb. 19-20, 2018, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, will focus on top-priority topics for Colorado produce growers, including finding prospective new produce buyers and learning about how farms can best handle communication during a crisis. This year’s conference has expanded to a two-day format.
The ever-popular grower-buyer networking session returns and will take place 3-5pm Feb. 19. Kenny Meyer, Wholefoods Market, has participated in past sessions: “Our purchasing team looks forward each year to the CFVGA conference and to the grower buyer networking session.  We are proud to have an extensive selection of quality producer partners throughout Colorado and are always seeking new and long-lasting relationships. Through these networking sessions, we have been introduced to two innovative, passionate, quality-minded, food-safety focused producers who we hope will be part of our family farm partnerships for many years to come.”
Growers also will have the opportunity to learn about crisis preparedness with Diane Mulligan, president, M&C Communication, who will speak on effective crisis communication on Feb. 20 at 9:45am an again at 11am as part of a workshop panel.
“The first step in handling a crisis is not to let it surprise you,” said Mulligan, who will teach attendees to realize potential crisis exposure and how to get in front of the story by engaging media and the consumer. “The consumer tends to pull for the underdog. Helping growers prepare for challenges by telling their story before problems occur can make all the difference in successfully managing a crisis.” Continue reading

01-15-18 Applications Available for the 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Award

Applications Available for the 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Award

DES MOINES, IOWA – Jan. 15, 2018 – The National Pork Board is seeking the next America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM, with applications now open for the annual industry award at americaspigfarmer.com. The award recognizes a U.S. pork producer who demonstrates excellence in raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and in sharing his or her story with the public. The application period is open through March 11.

“This program creates a national platform to connect pig farming with today’s consumers,” said National Pork Board President, Terry O’Neel, Friend, Nebraska. “Identifying a pig farmer who can share the story of pork production allows all pig farmers to continue to raise pigs and underscore their important role in feeding the world.” Continue reading