Second annual joint convention between CO's premier livestock groups a success!

Jun 21, 2013
by WLJ

Over 500 attendees traveled to beautiful Breckenridge, CO, to the “Growing for Our Future” Joint Convention to hear informative and thought-provoking presentations from experts across several industries, and to mingle with some of the most influential livestock producers in the state of Colorado.

The joint day, Tuesday, June 18, began with a light-hearted, thoughtprovoking talk by Damian Mason titled “Humor for the Heart of Ag.” Before lunch, attendees heard an enlightening presentation from Andy Gottschalk about the new world economy and growth opportunities for U.S. agriculture in the coming years.

The afternoon breakout speaker sessions brought many mindful ideas that will have producers ruminating for quite some time.

Not only did they hear from these speakers, but they also had the opportunity to attend the following presentations:

Creating a business culture for societal expectations

In this breakout session, attendees listened to informative presentations from Dr. Chris Ashworth, dairy technical consultant for Elanco Animal Health, and Dr. Tom Parks, chairman of the Humane Society of the United States’ Agriculture Advisory Council for Colorado. The session was moderated by Jim Miller, former deputy commissioner of Agriculture.

Sustainability— The Triple Bottom Line

Dr. Tom Field from the University of Nebraska, Department of Animal Sciences, spoke about the Triple Bottom Line: Economy, Environment, and Society as it relates to livestock production and meeting the challenges in the future!

Balancing family expectations with business needs

Former director and general manager of the Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, Rick LaPlante, discussed balancing family dynamics while transforming “Family Operations into Agricultural Businesses,” from his perspective as a professional advisor.

On behalf of the represented organizations, including members and staff, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for all of the support we received from the sponsors of this year’s convention. Sponsors are the foundation of a successful event, so we are truly grateful for their support.

Mark your calendar for the 2014 Joint Convention in Colorado Springs, CO, at the Marriott Hotel on June 16-18! — WLJ