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.
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.
Some 300 growers, allied industry companies and other produce enthusiasts heard from top notch speakers, attended educational workshops, visited with 48 exhibitors and networked with fellow growers and potential buyers Feb. 25-26 at the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) 5th Annual Conference.
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.
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.
Produce Trends, Threats, Opportunities to be Discussed by CFVGA Annual Conference Keynoter David Magana, RaboBank
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s Fifth Annual Conference will feature David Magana, senior analyst, RaboBank, who on Feb. 26 will discuss trends, threats and opportunities in global and fresh produce markets. The Fifth Annual CFVGA Conference runs Feb. 25-26, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel.