Governor’s Forum on Agriculture to Look at Research Initiatives

State and national leaders in the field of agriculture, including Gov. Bill Ritter, Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp, Colorado State University President Tony Frank and CSU Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences Craig Beyrouty, will speak at the annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture on Thursday, Feb. 18 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St.

The forum themed, “Energizing Colorado Agriculture through Strategic Research,” will begin at 8 a.m. with opening remarks by Gov. Ritter and Commissioner Stulp.

Colorado State University President Frank will discuss the many ways that CSU connects with farmers and ranchers across the state. Colorado State is involved in a variety of interests from wheat research to livestock production including emerging markets, such as organics. Colorado State researchers are helping to answer questions surrounding food availability, food affordability and food safety.

CSU College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Beyrouty will detail some of the emerging and strategic research initiatives that are being developed hand-in-hand with the agricultural industry in the state. 

There will also be featured national speakers and a series of breakout sessions highlighting crop research, livestock research, organics on the small acreage farm and crops for health. 

A pre-forum reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion.

Deadline for early registration is Feb. 8. The cost is $100 or $45 for students. After Feb. 8, registration is $120 or $50 for students. To register, visit or call (303) 239-4100.

The Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture is hosted by Gov. Ritter, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University with the support of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Associates and more than 50 organizations, businesses and agencies interested in the future of Colorado agriculture.