Water Accounting System & Production Forecasting Win 2019 CFVGA Tech Pitch

SWIIM, a water accounting system with its on-farm grower dashboard, was the judge’s top pick at the Second Annual Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s (CFVGA) Tech Pitch. The competition, which featured four of the best applicants from a field of highly qualified companies, was the culminating event Feb. 26 at CFVGA’s Fifth Annual Conference, attended by some 300 growers, allied industries and other produce enthusiasts. Coming in first by audience vote was GeoVisual, a production forecasting technology aimed at helping farmers know how much produce they have in each field. Both companies are Colorado-based.

CFVGA Offers Food Safety Training Opportunities to Fulfill FSMA Requirements

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) has partnered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to provide Produce Safety Alliance courses that satisfy the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirement. Two grower training opportunities remain prior to growing season, April 4 in Colorado Springs and April 9 in Greeley.

Dr. Michael Bartolo, Rocky Ford, Colo., Named 2018 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Robert Sakata Member of the Year

Dr. Michael Bartolo, director of the Colorado State University Arkansas Valley Research Center, Rocky Ford, Colo., has been selected the 2018 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s (CFVGA) Robert Sakata Member of the Year. He will be honored Feb. 26 at an awards luncheon that is part of the association’s fifth annual conference at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton.

Farm Bill, Trade Among Topics at CFVGA 5th Annual Conference Tech Pitch Finalists Announced

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is pleased to have keynoter Dr. Stephanie Mercier bring attendees the latest developments on agricultural trade and unpack elements of the 2018 farm bill impacting produce growers during its fifth annual conference. Her address will be in the morning of the second day of the conference on Feb. 26, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. Mercier is a senior fellow at the Farm Journal Foundation, who served from 1997 to 2011 as chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Democratic staff. Prior to this she was team leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Trade Policy and Programs within the Economic Research Service.