Agriculture & Allied Industries

Fruita and vegetable growers plan conference

Bruce Talbott

Registration is expected to open in December for the annual conference of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA).

The keynote session will address production challenges in the face of drought and climate change.

“With drought that is unprecedented in our lifetimes, agriculture is aware it must quickly find solutions to raise the food needed by growing populations in our country and our world and to do it with less water,” said Bruce Talbott, a Palisade grower who serves as president of the CFVGA. “We hope this session will inspire innovation to address our state’s water shortage.”

The conference is set for Feb. 21 and 22 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster. The CFVGA represents more than 250 members, including growers involved in all sizes and types of production throughout Colorado as well as representatives of allied industries.

Conference participants will choose from a variety of educational sessions covering research and production practices, produce pricing strategies and food safety techniques. Sessions also will address the Ag Labor Rights & Responsibilities Act and workforce resources gleaned from farmworker ergonomic research.

The evening keynote session set for Feb. 21 and titled “Agriculture Climate Resiliency Tools and Policy Opportunities,” will feature A.G. Kawamura, former secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Kawamura is founding co-chairman of Solutions from the Land, a non-profit organization developing collaborations for 21st century agriculture. He serves on multiple boards and committees, including the Southern California Water Coalition, Farm Foundation Board and Western Growers Association Board.

The conference also will include a grower-buyer networking session as well as exhibitors showcasing produce production goods and services.

For more information about the Colorado Fruit  & Vegetable Growers Association conference, visit the website at

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