Colorado Proud’s Next Virtual Roundtable “Growing, Evolving and Thriving Colorado Agriculture: Small Businesses” is May 13th – REGISTER ASAP!

Connecting the agriculture industry and small food businesses with important dialog, key learnings and productive ways to flourish


With small businesses especially top of mind during the pandemic pause, a mix of Colorado-based ag panelists will apply last year’s learnings – and discomforts – and discuss experiences, issues and solutions.

  • Danielle Trotta, Colorado Proud Program Manager: Moderator for the panel discussion
  • Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg, Colorado Department of Agriculture:  Strategies to support entrepreneurship, programs, grants, emergency relief
  • Elizabeth Mozer, Founder/CEO, LoCo Food DistributionSupply chain, distribution, production, supply/demand
  • Chef Jason Morse, 5280 CulinaryCommunity engagement/partnerships, online sales, diversification, marketing


The informative Growing, Evolving and Thriving Colorado Agriculture Virtual Roundtable will feature a panel discussion and Q&A about Colorado ag’s physical, operational and cultural growth after a complex year, sharing lessons to help guide ag professionals, small businesses and communities.  Hosted by Colorado Proud, a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the online roundtable is available for media, Colorado Proud members, ag industry professionals and the general public. Questions for panelists can be submitted via “chat” in real time during the Roundtable.


THURSDAY, May 13, from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

“Check-in” will begin starting at 11:45 a.m., with discussion starting promptly at Noon

WHERE:            Online via Zoom – Meeting password and phone number will be provided upon registration


“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,” said Danielle Trotta, Colorado Proud program manager. “The roundtable will address the vulnerability small businesses are experiencing after 2020 disruptions, while balancing this year’s expectations with practical takeaways for ‘growing, evolving and thriving,’” 

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, contributing more than $47 billion to the state’s economy annually. 



An RSVP is required to secure a password and access

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.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.