Governor's ag forum to highlight innovation
The public event will run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Denver Renaissance Hotel and will include a number of talks and breakout sessions. The Colorado Department of Agriculture and CSU co-host the forum annually.
A renewed national commitment to agricultural innovation is essential to meeting U.S. and global food and security needs, according to a December report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
"Innovation is a key to our future in agriculture as we consider the challenges ahead," said Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar. "All of us, from producers to policy-makers, play a part in advancing innovation."
Calls for agricultural innovation come as farmers and ranchers are challenged to double food production by 2050 in order to feed a world population expected to top 9 billion people, while also conserving environmental resources and improving food safety.
Speakers during the morning session of the forum include:
• Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper;
• Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar;
• CSU President Tony Frank;
• Ajay Menon, Colorado's chief innovation officer and dean of the CSU College of Business;
• Michael Raynor, director of Deloitte Consulting;
• Leann Saunders, president of IMI Global, Inc.
The forum costs $100 per person, including continental breakfast and lunch. The deadline to register is Feb. 4 and is available online at colorado.gov/ag/forum.
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