The League of Women Voters of Greeley-Weld County will host a panel Wednesday on the technological and financial issues faced by Colorado agriculture.
The panel, which will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall on the University of Northern Colorado campus, is also being sponsored by the UNC Geography Department and UNC’s Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund.
The League’s Agriculture Update will focus on two issues faced by today’s Colorado’s ag industry:
Technology issues, including genetically modified organisms, herbicides, pesticides, ag water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock and accurate food labeling.
Finance issues, including consolidation in ag industries, crop subsidies and the federal ag regulatory process.
Featured panelists will include local community members who work in the field, as well as people who know the ag business from experience in the Colorado Legislature. The panelists are:
Bill Jerke, former Weld County commissioner and state legislator with a background in agriculture;
Brent Lahman, relationship manager at Rabo AgriFinance in Loveland;
Ray Peterson, rancher from Nunn who serves as president of the Weld County Farmers Union and as a board member of the Weld County Livestock Association;
Luke Runyon, agribusiness reporter for KUNC and Harvest Public Media;
Paul Sater, rancher and farmer with experience in the dairy industry;
Geography students at UNC studying the agriculture industry will also participate.
Following the panel discussion, there will be a question-and-answer session, and light refreshments will be served. Parking will be free in UNC’s north parking lots.
The League of Women Voters of Greeley-Weld County is a nonprofit, nonpartisan volunteer group. The League of Women Voters is conducting a one-year study of the local, state and national business of agriculture.
According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, ag is one of the largest economic sectors in the state, supporting more than 173,000 jobs and generating more than $40 billion of economic activity per year.