Ag forum explores food safety

This year’s Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture will focus on ag security and food safety.

The all-day event will be held on Feb. 23 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St., in Denver. The forum is held in conjunction with the Colorado FFA Foundation’s Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet.
A pre-forum reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion, 400 E. Eighth Ave., Denver.

The forum will cover a variety of topics related to the food system, both globally and in Colorado. Speakers include Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar; Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Craig Beyrouty; Curt Mann of the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute; and Larry Goodridge, food microbiologist and CSU associate professor.

Breakout sessions will cover the Food Systems Advisory Council and Farm to School Task Force; Consumer Communications: Producer to Consumer Messaging; choosing a third-party auditor, and food safety at home.

The annual forum is hosted by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University with support of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Associates and more than 50 organizations, businesses and agencies interested in the future of Colorado agriculture.

The cost to attend is $100 or $45 for students before Jan. 23. After Jan. 23, registration is $120 or $50 for students. To register, visit or call 303-239-4100.

For information on the FFA banquet, visit

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