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Do you have an interest in certified organic food? Have you wondered how a food product is certified or what the everyday consumer is looking for? Are you interested in finding out more information on producing certified organic products on your farm? This workshop will answer many of your questions and provide many great resources. Experienced and new farmers as well as interested community members are invited to attend. This workshop will provide an overview of the opportunities, realities and challenges of running a certified organic operation as well as discuss the larger economic landscape of agriculture in Colorado and how organic fits into Boulder County’s agriculture industry. Agency representatives will provide information and resources that can assist in transition to certified organic production. Come and spend the day learning from industry experts about organic production and how it fits into the Boulder County agriculture picture. FREE for everyone, lunch included. Registration required. Limited spaces so please reserve your spot today.
9:30 Registration and Coffee
10:10 The Value Chain of Colorado Agriculture
Greg Graff- Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Office of Engagement, Colorado State University
Kathay Rennels – Assistant Vice President of Community and Economic Development, Colorado State University
Brought to you by the Boulder County Food and Ag Policy Council
11:05 Colorado Perspectives on the Organic Market
Dawn Thilmany McFadden- Professor of Agribusiness & Agribusiness
Extension Economist with Colorado State University
12:00 Free Catered Lunch
12:45 USDA “Is Organic an Option for Me?” Program
Mark Lipson- Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor,
1:40 What are local buyers looking for?
Speakers TBD- Local buyers discuss what they are looking to purchase from
2:00 CDA Organic Program
Amy Stafford- Organic Program Coordinator with Colorado Dept. of
2:50 Closing Remarks/Evaluations
3:00- Social Hour/ Networking