Mark Calendars for 2001 Colorado Agricultural Outlook Forum

Will e-commerce change the way Americans get food? What new, innovative products will affect Colorado’s agriculture? The answers to these questions and information about new technologies will be revealed at the 2001 Colorado Agricultural Outlook Forum. The forum, sponsored by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado Agriculture Leadership Associates, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Denver.

The focus of this year’s forum is Capitalize on Changing Technology and Policy, which will include presentations by economic, research and policy leaders in agriculture. Phil Burgess, past president of the Center for the New West, will discuss e-commerce and its impact on agriculture and rural Colorado. Steven Sonka, a University of Illinois agriculture management professor will speak about new technologies in agriculture. Barry Flinchbaugh, chairman of the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture and an agricultural economist at Kansas State University, along with Dr. Mark Edelman, Iowa State University Cooperative Extension public policy economist, will explain new agriculture policy for the 21st century.

Afternoon break-out sessions will focus on applications of e-commerce, applying new technology, the changing culture of agriculture, the conflicts and opportunities of agriculture and growth, and innovative business opportunities.

The forum registration fee is $90 before Feb. 1 and $100 thereafter. For more information or a registration form, contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture at 800-886-7683.