Agriculture’s Resilience Focus of Roundtable

Agriculture’s Resilience Focus of Roundtable

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

2020 has brought Colorado farmers and ranchers a pandemic, a drought, and wildfires, in addition to trade wars. The Colorado Department of Agriculture will host a third in a series of online discussions with agriculture professionals who have adapted to food chain disruptions, market disruptions, and health risks associated with food production.

Wendy White, Marketing Specialist with the Colorado Proud program will moderate the panel discussion.

White: It’s going to feature producers from the southern part of the state. Our first one was sort of Front Range, our second one was Western Slope and this one will be on the southern part of Colorado. The theme is really resilience. So what we’ve seen during this difficult time and how we move forward.”

The roundtable on September 29th will include the Executive Director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee to discuss export disruptions and the drought impact on growing.

George Whitten of San Juan Ranch in the San Luis Valley will talk about impacts on beef production and the supply chain.

Max Fields and James Plate of Fields to Plate Produce in Durango will share how they’ve adapted their transportation and distribution, marketing, and social media.

Fourth-generation farmer Michael Hirakata in Rocky Ford will discuss changes to his workforce and roadside markets.

Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg will be part of the discussion as well.

The idea is to provide information for both ag producers and the public. The virtual roundtable is free with a zoom reservation and for that go to

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