The Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum is a committee organized annual conference that takes place in Montrose, CO. Each year staff members from our hosting agencies and other interested professionals provide their time, skills and knowledge to plan and execute a two-day conference on the latest and most relevant agricultural and food system issues to the regional community.  The hosting agencies for the 8th annual Western Food & Farm Forum are: Colorado State University Extension, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Engage Colorado, the Shavano Conservation District, and the Valley Food Partnership.

Early Bird Registration will open Friday, November 12th for the 8th annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, January 24th & 25th, 2020. Tap into a wide array of breakout sessions that convey vital, regionally specific agricultural information in areas including maximizing regenerative crop and livestock production, innovative agricultural marketing and management strategies, and specialty crops.

All meals and snacks are sourced locally.


Nicole Masters                                 
Bill Parker
Alejandro Carillo                           
Laura Parker 
Jan Salisbury                                   
Jerry Allen
Jim Parker                                         
MacKenzie Stokes
Rudy Garcia                                     
Dave Dearstyne
Courtland Kelly                               
Todd Queen
Dr. Eric Gallandt                             
Barry Pennell
Julie Zavage                                     
Shawn Gardner
Jessica Washkowiak                       
Jarrett Chambers

Friday Workshops:

Nicole Masters: Turning Your Soil On for Optimal Plant Health and Nutrient Density

Alejandro Carrillo: Greening the Desert and Your Bottom Line:  increase stocking rates, profitability and biodiversity with 6 inches of rain and livestock

Jan Salisbury: Growing Your Farm Family Business: How to attract, develop, and retain your team and customers through coaching

Saturday Conference

15 Saturday breakouts will focus on innovative crop, livestock, specialty crops, marketing and regenerative management practices will help you increase profits, create a sustainable future and lower stress.

Farmer to Farmer Invention Convention returns with cash prizes. Do you have a problem solving technique or innovation that you’d like to show off?  Let us know!

Hot Tamale Roundtables – Join a facilitated interest table for lively dialogue on a variety of topics during lunch.

Networking free chili dinner – Join us Friday night for dinner at 2Rascals Brewery.

Who should attend? The conference is for anyone with an interest in the future of agriculture, including: ranchers, farmers, gardeners, students and ag professionals. Whether you’re looking to improve or innovate your existing practices, the forum has myriad resources and networking opportunities.

What some of our past attendees are saying:

“Great turnout! Representation of youth was awesome! Very professionally presented.”

“Great event, informative and a great opportunity to connect with other farmers.”

“This was a very successful event. The info provided and networking created was extremely valuable.”


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