Colorado Proud Launches Growing, Evolving and Thriving Colorado Agriculture: Roundtable Series with Key Learnings and Productive Ways to Flourish
To be held seasonally in 2021
DENVER, April 12, 2021 — Colorado Proud, a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is launching a series of online roundtable events, Growing, Evolving and Thriving Colorado Agriculture, for industry professionals and consumers who are craving new ideas and important dialog during this innovative time in agriculture. The seasonal roundtables will focus on Colorado ag’s growth and development after a complex year, featuring a mix of food experts, growers, retailers, business owners and leaders who are applying last year’s learnings – and discomforts – and finding productive ways to flourish.
“The roundtable series will address the vulnerability we are still experiencing after 2020 disruptions, while balancing this year’s expectations with practical takeaways for ‘growing, evolving and thriving,’” said Danielle Trotta, Colorado Proud program manager. “While the pandemic has affected all areas of our lives, and Colorado’s agriculture is no different, we are experiencing new physical, operational and cultural growth. And that’s good news for all of us.”
Growing, Evolving and Thriving Colorado Agriculture will capture the progress and lessons in four honest conversations among Colorado Proud members and panelists who will share their stories, experiences and best practices around agriculture’s evolution. Each roundtable is free for the agriculture industry and general public.
“More than ever, with an even stronger appreciation for community, health and local food, Colorado farmers and ranchers continue to feed consumers’ cravings for locally-sourced foods and products,” added Trotta. “As we continue to grow together, it’s important that we also learn together. The Growing, Evolving and Thriving Colorado Agriculture Roundtable Series will help us do both.”
The first roundtable is scheduled for mid-May, and panelists and details will be announced next week. Additional roundtables will take place throughout the year, using the theme of “growing, evolving and thriving” as a springboard for rotating topics and issues, including the following: small-business strategies, rural and urban collaboration, mental health, food instability, first- and multiple-generation farming, food systems, trends and other relevant subjects. Dates, details and RSVP links will be provided prior to each event.
About Colorado Agriculture
Agriculture is an important economic driver in the state, consistently ranking as one of Colorado’s leading industries and is in the top-10 nationally for production of a variety of agricultural products. With more than 38,900 farms encompassing nearly 32 million acres, agriculture is a vital part of Colorado, supporting more than 195,000 jobs, and contributing more than $47 billion to the state’s economy annually.
About Colorado Proud
Colorado Proud, an award-winning program created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, promotes food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or made in Colorado; provides producers and businesses with tools to succeed; and educates consumers about how essential Colorado agriculture is to our way of life. Since 1999, its story coincides with a growing population that chooses to eat local foods — simultaneously boosting Colorado’s heritage, lifestyle, environment and economy, with agriculture as one of the biggest economic drivers in the state. The Colorado Proud program has more than 3,300 members, including farmers, ranchers, food manufacturers, restaurants, retailers, schools and associations statewide. Additional media materials can be found in the Colorado Proud newsroom, including photos. Follow Colorado Proud on Facebook and Instagram.