Mon February 21, 2011

Future of Agriculture Takes Center Stage at Forum This Week

National and state leaders in the agriculture industry will be meeting in Denver this week for the 20th  annual Governor’s Forum on Agriculture.

This year, the theme “today’s vision for tomorrow” will examine the ever-changing face of the agriculture industry in Colorado and beyond.  Among the topics this year will be Colorado’s role in feeding a growing state and world population.  Though it’s a forum on agriculture, officials say the event is not limited to those in the industry.

“One thing that most people don’t realize is agriculture does affect every single person within Colorado,” says Christi Lightcap, Spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. 

Governor John Hickenlooper will give opening remarks at the event.

“We’re looking forward to his presentation and to find out what he has to say to our ag groups that will be there. The new Commission for Agriculture, John Salazar, will also be speaking to attendees,” says Lightcap. 

Speakers will also include Senator Michael Bennet and Colorado State University President Tony Frank. 

Agriculture is one of the top 3 industries in Colorado, generating roughly $16 billion a year in the state.  The 20th annual Governor’s Forum on Agriculture kicks off on Thursday in Denver.  

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