Wednesday January 30, 2013 0 commentsFORT COLLINS - Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who served in that role during the last four years, will headline the 2013 Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture, a day-long conference highlighting the critical role of innovation in the future of U.S. agriculture.
The forum, "Cultivating Innovation: Creating Ideas for Our Future," will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Denver Renaissance Hotel and will include a number of presentations and breakout sessions.
Cost to attend is $100 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration is available online at Colorado.gov/ag/forum. Early registration deadline is Feb. 4, after which the cost is $120 per person.
The annual event is co-hosted by Colorado State University and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
Salazar, a former Colorado U.S. senator, is a fifth-generation state resident and rancher in the San Luis Valley. His brother, John, is the Colorado commissioner of agriculture.
Other speakers on the day's agenda include:
- Gov. John Hickenlooper
- Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar
- CSU President Tony Frank
- Michael Raynor, director of Deloitte Consulting and author of "The Innovator's Solution" and "The Innovator's Manifesto"
- Leann Saunders, president of IMI Global Inc. and vice chair of the U.S. Meat Export Foundation
"We are pleased to present speakers who will help us understand the urgent need for innovation in agriculture and will provide us with specific examples that are helping our industry," said Craig Beyrouty, dean of CSU's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Innovation in agriculture has become a top concern as farmers and ranchers are challenged to double food production by 2050 to help feed a world population expected to top more than 9 billion.
Other presentations will focus on land and water issues, food safety rules, and an update on the U.S. Farm Bill.