EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY OR FEBRUARY 2014
Technical workshop for experienced and new farmers interested in organic production.
We invite experienced as well as new farmers to attend this workshop which will provide an overview of the opportunities, realities and challenges of running a certified organic operation:
- Agency representatives will provide information and resources that can assist in transitioning to organic
- Industry representatives will discuss what products they seek from local producers
- Area producers who run certified organic farms will provide operational insights surrounding the transition and certification process.
8:30 Registration and Coffee
9:10 USDA "Is Organic an Option for Me?" Program
Mark Lipson- Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor, USDA-OSEC-MRP
10:10 Break/Trade Show Area (Matching Buyers with Producers)
10:30 Colorado Perspectives on the Organic Market
Dawn Thilmany McFadden- Professor of Agribusiness & Agribusiness
Extension Economist with Colorado State University
11:15 Agency Resources: What resources are available to help support your organic efforts?
Colorado Dept. of Agriculture, Parks and Open Space, Farm Service Agency
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado State University Extension
12:15 Catered Lunch
Tables divided by crop (small grains, vegetables, corn, hay, livestock)
1:30 Panel Discussion: "Starting or Transitioning to Organic - What You Need to Know"
Organic Growers (4 or 5 people)
2:30 Break/Trade Show Area
2:45 Panel Discussion: "Where to Sell Your Organic Products"
Organic Buyers (4 or 5 people)
3:45 Closing Remarks/Evaluations
4:00 Social Hour/ Networking (Local Restaurant/Brewery TBD)