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CFVGA 5th Annual Conference Set for Feb. 25-26, 2019

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 3, 2018

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

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“Deep Dive” Addition, Produce Innovation Technology Pitch to Return

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will hold its fifth annual conference Feb. 25-26, 2019, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, again with the two-day format and Produce Innovation Technology Pitch introduced in 2018.

Added to the line-up for 2019 are deep dives

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Registration Now Open for CFVGA Produce Labor Conference

Dec. 5, Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora, Colo.

For Immediate Release: Oct. 2, 2018

Contacts: Marilyn Bay Drake 303-594-3827 admin@coloradoproduce.org
Adrian Card 303-678-6383 adrian.card@colostate.edu

Registration is now open for the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) first-ever Produce Labor Conference, to be held Dec. 5 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora, Colo. The conference agenda is designed to address the needs and frame solutions for all sizes and types of produce farms. It will take an in-depth look at the current farm labor conditions, review current policies and explore a variety of technology and other solutions to help alleviate the labor shortage.

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CFVGA President Robert Sakata Joins USDA Sec. Perdue for the NYSE Ending Bell

For Immediate Release:  Sept. 26, 2018

Contacts:            Robert Sakata   303-947-3097  rtsakata@aol.com

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

 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in ringing the ending bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  The Brighton, Colo., vegetable farmer was one of a dozen agricultural leaders throughout the nation to have the honor of joining Perdue on the NYSE podium.

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CFVGA Solicits Agricultural Labor Innovation Proposals, Due date:  Oct. 15

For Immediate Release:  Sept. 10, 2018

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

 Two categories of agricultural labor innovation proposals are being solicited by the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) to present at its first-ever Produce Labor Conference, Dec. 5 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora, Colo.

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Produce Growers Meet Gubernatorial Candidate Walker Stapleton

For Immediate Release: Aug. 20, 2018

Contacts: Robert Sakata 303-947-3097 rtsakata@aol.com or Marilyn Bay Drake 303-594-3827

Colorado produce grocers during a meeting Aug. 17 had an opportunity to learn more about how gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton might govern in regard to agricultural issues. To accommodate very busy growers, many of whom are harvesting crops in August, the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) held the meeting electronically, so that growers could log on at their computers or call in.

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Colorado Agriculture Groups Meet Sen. Michael Bennet, Discuss Farm Bill, Labor, Trade

For Immediate Release:  July 14, 2018

Contact: Robert Sakata 303-947-3097  RTSakata@aol.com

BRIGHTON–Sakata Farms was the site where Colorado agriculture groups yesterday met Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., to address their priorities for the next farm bill as well as to ask the senator, who is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to keep pushing for solutions to the acute agricultural labor shortage and the impact of trade tariffs on their current business and future opportunities.

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Colorado Produce Growers Ask USDA Secretary Perdue’s Help on Labor, Trade

For Immediate Release:  May 16, 2018

Contacts:            Robert Sakata  303-947-3097  rtsakata@aol.com
                           Marilyn Bay Drake   303-594-3827  admin@coloradoproduce.org

BRIGHTON, COLO.—Members of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue yesterday afternoon at Sakata Farms to discuss the biggest challenges facing their farms. Also participating in the discussion were Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown.

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Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., Named 2017 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Member of the Year

For Immediate Release:  Mar. 5, 2018
Contact:              Marilyn Bay Drake   303-594-3827  admin@coloradoproduce.org
Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., was named the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s (CFVGA) 2017 Member of the Year Feb. 20 during the association’s fourth annual conference.  Not only was he the first recipient of this award, the award will henceforth be known as CFVGA’s Robert Sakata Member of the Year Award.

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Robotic Innovations Win 2018 CFVGA Tech Pitch

For Immediate Release:  Mar. 2, 2018
Contact:              Marilyn Bay Drake   303-594-3827  admin@coloradoproduce.org
Tortuga AgTech, a robotic harvesting and precision agriculture company from Lakewood, Colo., was the judge’s top pick in the 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

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2018 CFVGA Conference To Culminate with Shark Tank Type Produce Innovation Technology Pitch

For Immediate Release: Dec. 4, 2017
Contact: Marilyn Bay Drake 303-594-3827 admin@coloradoproduce.org
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will hold its fourth annual conference Feb. 19-20, 2018, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, expanding the event to a two-day format and adding a Produce Innovation Technology Pitch, fashioned along the lines of the well-known television series Shark Tank.

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