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2021 Weather and Water Outlook to Close CFVGA 7th Annual Conference

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 9, 2021

Contact:             Robert Sakata 303-947-3097 or rtsakata@sakatafarms.com

Marilyn Bay Drake   303-594-3827  admin@coloradoproduce.org


2021 Weather and Water Outlook to Close CFVGA 7th Annual Conference

Registration just $25 for members, $35 for non-members


Three weather and water experts will provide participants with the latest information and monitoring tools during the closing session of Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s (CFVGA) 7th Annual Conference Feb. 18, beginning at 3:05pm. Following the presentations will be a live webinar Q&A session.


Panelists will include:

  • Russ Schumacher, Colorado climatologist, will present data on the statewide drought that developed across Colorado in 2020 and will provide the latest weather outlook.
  • Tracy Kosloff, deputy state engineer will provide the latest information about the state’s water supplies.
  • Laurna Kaatz, Denver Water climate program director, will talk about a new tool called aerial snow observatory.


Moderating the panel and the Q&A session that follows will be CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton.


“Consistent access to irrigation water is vital to the Colorado produce industry,” said Sakata, who also chairs the CFVGA Water Committee. “More demand for water, coupled with a severe drought last year make getting timely information crucial as we plan for the upcoming growing season.”


The CFVGA conference will include a robust virtual exhibitor hall and the ever-popular Grower-Buyer Networking Session. Attendees also can choose from 13 different breakout sessions with topics including farm labor, Covid era food system adaptations, consumer behavior changes during Covid, production research, online produce sales platforms and multiple food safety educational options. To learn more and register: https://coloradoproduce.org   For more information, contact CFVGA at admin@coloradoproduce.org or 303.594.3827.


“An advantage to the virtual format is that registered conference participants can participate from their homes, and they can go back and watch content that was offered simultaneously, since they will have access to the conference website through the end of August,” ,” said Adrian Card, CFVGA Founding Board member and chair of the conference committee.


The CFVGA is comprised of more than 250 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $485 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 90,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production.



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