Virtual Ticket

If attending this year’s conference in person is not an option for you, we now have a virtual ticket for sale! We will provide ticket purchasers with Zoom links to attend select Saturday Sessions “live” from the comfort and safety of home.

Please note: This ticket only provides access to SATURDAY SESSIONS; some changes did take place from the original agenda

This ticket provides access to the following sessions on Saturday:

Keynote address: Making Better Decisions in a Time of Change Presented by Roland Kroos

Decision-making is a highly undervalued element of farm or ranch management. The process of making strategic, informed, logical decisions is not as intuitive as one might think yet the process you use to make decisions has a huge impact on the success of your business over time. The presentation will focus on the elements of good decision-making and will help you streamline your operation and management to run a more efficient business over time.

Many people make decisions dealing with a single issue or problem they are currently facing without considering how this decision might affect the whole operation or the long term ramifications.  I will introduce you to a set of questions that will help you make better decisions and help you improve the triple bottom-line.  Decisions that help you improve the social – economic – ecological facets of your operation.

Farm & Food Workforce CooperativesPresented by Dan Hobbs and the RMFU Workforce Center

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union has been working in equity in local and national food systems for over 100 years. Much of this work has been focused on family farmers and consumers, but the same principles of fairness and dignity also apply to farm and food workers. Over the past several years, the RMFU Cooperative Development Center has been developing and ground-testing innovative workforce programs and is on the cusp of creating a new type of worker-owned farm and food labor cooperative. This presentation will share details about the process, principles, and financial viability of labor cooperatives.

Ranching in the Arid West, Presented by Annie Overlin

Experiments with high fungal compost to improve degraded pastures.

Weather Ready Farms and Ranches, Presented by Dr. Lauren Parker

In recent years, the Western Slope has seen record-setting droughts and wildfires. As “weird weather” becomes the new norm, what management tools and resources can help make your farm or ranch more weather-ready and climate-smart?   

New Ag Labor Law, Presented by Eric Yohe

This Presentation will discuss implementation of the SB21-87 and related rules for the benefit of diverse growers including farmers, ranchers,  service providers, and workers.

Ranching with Wolves: Lessons from the Northern Rockies, Presented by Matt Barnes

Gray wolf restoration in western Colorado is a reality, and ranchers will need to understand the risk to livestock as well as proactive strategies to reduce predation risk. Fortunately, there are lessons from the Northern Rockies, where wolf restoration has been ongoing for decades. Data from the states show that wolf predation does occur but at a relatively low level on a state-wide or region-wide basis. However, predation may be locally significant. The best strategies for ranching with wolves are based on “grazing in nature’s image,” including strategic grazing management, low-stress herding, and livestock guardian dogs. Other tools can help keep wolves away from livestock. State wolf policies are most effective when they promote conflict-prevention strategies and respond to conflicts on a case-by-case basis.

Predictive Carbon Mapping and Monitoring, Presented by Dr. Kris Nichols

Measuring and monitoring soil carbon accrual with regenerative agriculture is gaining interest for mitigating climate change while providing additional income for producers to offset some of the risks in regenerating soil. Innovative technology such as remote sensing and artificial intelligence will be combined with soil sampling and analyses to measure changes in soil organic carbon at the field to state to ecoregion levels. The technology is not based on individual practices but rather provides values for practices and tools chosen by the individual producer and allows for direct comparisons at a 30-m resolution.