Featured Sessions

KEY NOTE SPEAKER

Jim Yahn : Manager, North Sterling Irrigation District

When it comes to diminishing water supplies, Jim Yahn knows what he is talking about, especially related to working
with an over-appropriated system, well curtailment, and the impact on a community when wells are shut off. The similarity to circumstances in the San Luis Valley makes what Yahn has to say highly relevant.

Jim Yahn is the manager of the North Sterling and Prewitt Reservoirs, a position that he has held for over 29 years. He is responsible for overseeing the diversion and distribution of water to over 350 farmers. Together the reservoirs are a source of irrigation water for approximately 70,000 acres.

Yahn was appointed by the Governor to the Colorado Water Conservation Board to serve as the South Platte Director in 2016 where he served for five years, including one year as chairperson. Jim has also been a member of the South Platte Basin Roundtable since its inception in 2005, serving as chair from 2009 – 2012. He currently serves as the roundtable’s representative to the Interbasin Compact Committee

Jim is a registered professional engineer, receiving his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State University. Prior to his employment with the North Sterling and Prewitt he worked as a private consulting engineer in Fort Collins for 5 years. He is a native of Colorado growing up on a family ranch, which used water from the North Sterling Reservoir System.

Jim Yahn is our Keynote Speaker, presenting on Wednesday at 1:30pm

CHEF

Chef Jason K. Morse, CEC : Owner of 5280 Culinary, National Spokesperson / BBQ Expert – Ace Hardware Corporation

Chef Jason has spent a lifetime behind the grills and smokers and is now able to interact with consumers daily to help them cook better with some of the best grilling and smoking tools on the market. As the Ace Hardware National Spokesperson and BBQ Expert, Chef Jason is proud to call Ace his culinary home.  Chef Jason helps make grilling fun, tasty and makes it easy to create bbq magic in your own backyard.

Jason is a Certified Executive Chef and member of the American Culinary Federation. Jason has been featured on the Food Network, National and Local Media segments, was a morning show chef for a Denver Radio station and currently produces the Colorado Department of Agriculture monthly recipes for local Colorado media.

Jason has been published in the Colorado Classique Junior League of Denver Cookbook, and various local publications. Chef works with many Colorado Agricultural groups like, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Beef Council, Colorado Pork Producers, Colorado Potatoes, Colorado Wool Growers Association and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Jason works with and supports groups like the Ace Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The Colorado FFA Foundation.

Chef Jason attended Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC and graduated Summa cum laude and was honored with the Apprenti Cuisinier award for Classic French pastry, among other prestigious culinary honors.

Chef Jason Morse is presenting a potato cooking demonstration on Tuesday for Social Hour at 5pm

AG LABOR LAW (Previously SB087)

Dan Waldvogle : Director of External Affairs for Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

Learn the new regulations affecting Ag Labor some including; hand weeding, overtime provisions, shade and water restrictions, access to service providers and arbitration process.

For more information about Ag Labor laws, please visit these websites:

Dan Waldvogle is the Director of External Affairs at the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union where we represent family farming and ranching operations and rural communities across New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. Dan has a ranching background and has also worked in land access and succession programming to ensure the stewardship of our working lands.

POTATO PROFIT VALUE

Tanner Ehmke : CoBank Lead Economist, Dairy and Specialty Crops

In Tanner’s session, he will help producers find economical ways to farm in these current conditions and economy.

Tanner Ehmke is lead economist for dairy and specialty crops in CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange research division, where his focus is on providing market and industry research for the dairy and specialty crops sectors. Prior to joining CoBank in 2015, he marketed seed for his family’s seed company in western Kansas, where his family has farmed since 1885.

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Jeff Tranel : CSU Regional Extension Specialist – Agricultural & Business Management Economist

Jeff will lead farm succession planning sessions on both days to help new and old generations navigate transitioning farm ownership.

Jeff’s Professional Expertise:

  • Estate Planning and Succession Planning
  • Facilitating Family Communications
  • Management of Federal Income Taxes
  • Business Organizational Structures
  • Financial Analysis – Enterprise Budgeting and Feasibility Analysis
  • Human Resources Management
CSU RESEARCH FARM & EXTENSION

Hear from CSU Research Farm and Extension on what research is being conducted and new staff in the valley. Meet our new pathologist and plant breeder at the research farm.  Hear research from CSU campus faculty. (Many topics covered)

SOIL HEALTH

Gabriella Coughlin and Annie Overlin will both be presenting on Soil Health topics for crops and livestock.  Understand how to incorporate soil health practices into your operation.

LIVESTOCK SESSIONS

We will have a slate of livestock producers discussing nutrition, calving, vaccine protocols, and an entire panel on meat goat production. Featured speakers: Micheal Fisher CSU Extention, Tim Holt CSU Vet, Alpine Vet Clinic, Meat Goat Panel: Kendra Carpenter, Remington & Kendra Durre, and Jordan Neeley

WATER IN THE SLV

Come to the conference for Thursday’s hard hitting conversation about all things water in the SLV.  We will discuss the current state of our aquifer, climate and snowpack.  Presentations will include Hard Truths about Groundwater, Anatomy of an Augmentation Plan, and intro to Master Irrigators course

HANDS-ON DEMOS

Come see exciting hands-on demos such as a Bubbler Package on Pivot Irrigation, How to set up your Combine for grain harvest, and Powder River Livestock Handling Equipment

Conference Agenda

Join is at this year’s Southern Rocky Mountain Ag Conference.

Discuss the latest on potato research, profitability and seeds. Engage in breakout conversations on grazing, family farm estate planning, cattle nutrition, soil health and irrigation. Dive into the current water and drought conditions in the Valley, be part of equipment demonstrations and much more. Hear from CSU Extension specialists, researchers from the CSU San Luis Valley Research Center, and experts from across the region.

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Tuesday – February 1st

Date Time Topic Presenter Title Location
Tuesday – 2/1 8:00-8:10 Welcome, Intro & Survey Larry Brown CUS Area Extension Director & Agent Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 8:10-8:45 Ag Labor Law Update Dan Waldvogle Director of External Affairs, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 8:45-9:15 Legislative Update James Henderson Vice President, Colorado Farm Bureau Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 9:15-10:00 Potato Profit Value Tanner Ehmke Lead Economist, CoBank  Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 10:00- 10:20 * BREAK *
Tuesday – 2/1 10:30-12:00 Family Farm Estate Planning Jeff Tranel & Norm Dalsted Regional Extension Specialist, CSU Extension / PhD, Professor CSU Blue Room
Tuesday – 2/1 10:30-10:50 Input Costs Trevor Geist / Chad Hodgson Colorado Area Manager / Division Marketing Manager, Nutrien Ag Solutions Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 10:30 DEMO: Bubbler Systems Wade Henderson PE, Ski Hi Engineering McMullen Building
Tuesday – 2/1 10:50-11:25 NPC Political Update Mike Wenkel COO, National Potato Council Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 11:25-12:00 Marketing Update John Toaspern Chief Marketing Officer, Potatoes, USA Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 12:00-1:30 * LUNCH *
Tuesday – 2/1 1:30-2:30 Reveille Seed Panel Samuel Essah, Doug Scheuring & Jeff Koym Associate Professor, Texas A&M / Texas A&M Potato Breeding Program Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 1:30 DEMO: Powder River Livestock Equipment Justin Gilmore Monte Vista Coop McMullen Building
Tuesday – 2/1 2:30-3:00 Introducing Dr Jessica Chitwood-Brown, SLVRC New Potato Breeder Dr. Jessica Chitwood- Brown / Zach Czarnecki SLVRC Manager, CSU Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 2:30-3:00 Running on all Cylinders-cultivating being healthy and happy Dan Waldvogle Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Orange Room
Tuesday – 2/1 3:00-3:20 * BREAK *
Tuesday – 2/1 3:30-4:00 Storage and Warehouse Practices to Improve Tuber Quality Sastry Jayanty PhD, Associate Professor, Post Harvest Physiologist, SLV Research Center, CSU Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 3:30-4:00 Soil Health Research Jorge Ibarra Caballero & Jane Stewart PhD / PhD Assoc Prof Ag Biology CSU Orange Room
Tuesday – 2/1 3:30 DEMO: Nutrition by Hubbard Monte Vista Coop McMullen Building
Tuesday – 2/1 4:00-4:30 Historical Perspectives for the Value of Potato Varieties Grown in Colorado Rebecca Hill Research Scientist/Scholar II, Ph.D, CSU Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 4:00-4:30 Colorado Certified Seed Update Andrew Houser PhD, PCS Manager, SLV Research Center Orange Room
Tuesday – 2/1 4:30-5:00 The Risk of Powdery Scab in Potatoes – Increased knowledge on Environmental Factors that encourage disease development Yuan Zeng PhD, Dept of Agricultural Biology, CSU Main Room
Tuesday – 2/1 4:30-5:00 Introduction and Q&A of New Pathologist Mohamed Chikh Ali New Pathologist Orange Room
Tuesday – 2/1 5:00 * SOCIAL HOUR  – Gourmet Cooking (Sponsored by CPAC & Sunflower Bank) Chef Jason K. Morse, CEC Owner of 5280 Culinary, National Spokesperson / BBQ Expert – Ace Hardware Corporation (Sponsored by CPAC & Sunflower Bank) Main Room

Wednesday – February 2nd

Date Time Topic Presenter Title Location
Wednesday – 2/2 8:00-8:10 Welcome, Survey Larry Brown CSU Area Extension Director & Agent Main Room
Wednesday – 2/2 8:10-8:45 Soil Health Connection to Water Conservation Gabriella Coughlin Middle Rio Grande Conservation District in New Mexico, Agronomist/Agroecologist Main Room
Wednesday – 2/2 8:10-10:00 Grazing Management in Drought – Soil Health for Pasture Systems Annie Overlin Regional Extension Range Specialist, CSU Extension Orange Room
Wednesday – 2/2 8:45-9:10 Current Insurance Programs Chayito Espinoza Mountain West Insurance Main Room
Wednesday – 2/2 9:00 DEMO: Soil Moisture Sensors Patrick O’Neill Soil Health Services McMullen Building
Wednesday – 2/2 9:10-10:00 Drought Tolerant Alfalfa Varieties Ian Ray PhD, Professor of Agronomy-New Mexico State University Main Room
Wednesday – 2/2 9:30-10:00 * BREAK for Orange Room*
Wednesday – 2/2 10:00-10:30 * BREAK * Diamond Sponsor Yara
Wednesday – 2/2 10:30- 11:30 Third Trimester Nutrition for Cattle Michael Fisher Interim Extension Co-Regional Director, CSU Orange Room
Wednesday – 2/2 10:30-12:00 Family Farm Estate Planning Jeff Tranel & Norm Dalsted, Professor Regional Extension Specialist/ PhD, Professor CSU Extension Blue Room
Wednesday – 2/2 10:30- 11:15 Alfalfa Deficit Irrigation Perry Cabot Water Resources Specialist – Western Region, Western Colorado Research Center, CSU Extension Main Room
Wednesday – 2/2 10:30 DEMO: Combine Calibration for Grain Harvest US Tractor & Harvest McMullen Building
Wednesday – 2/2 11:15- 12:00 CSU Extension Roll out, Recognition of Stakeholders & Friends of Ski Hi- Kathy Woods and Karla Shriver Larry Brown / Zach Czarnecki CSU Area Director / SLVRC Manager, CSU Main Room
Wednesday – 2/2 12:00-1:30 * LUNCH *
Wednesday – 2/2 1:30-2:30 Keynote Speaker Jim Yahn Manager, North Sterling Irrigation District Main Room
Wednesday – 2/2 2:30- 3:00 What are PAP EPD’s and How to use them Tim Holt / Curtis Crawford DVM, Clinical Sciences / DVM, Alpine Veterinary Clinic Orange Room
Wednesday – 2/2 2:30- 3:00 Producer Input for $20,000 Investment in SLV Value Added Ag Becca Jablonski PhD, Asst. Prof. Ag and Resources Economics Main Room (will continue at 5pm in Blue Room)
Wednesday – 2/2 3:00-3:20 * BREAK * Diamond Sponsor Advantage Hay Products Main Room
Wednesday – 2/2 3:30-5:00 Meat Goat Panel Kendra Carpenter / Remington Durre / Jordan Neeley Main Room
Wednesday – 2/2 3:30- 4:30 Ag Adventures Kids Kamp Morgan Young 4-H Youth Development and Coordinators Green Room
Wednesday – 2/2 3:30- 4:30 Calving, Neonatal Nutrition & Care Tim Holt & Curtis Crawford DVM, Clinical Sciences, CSU/ DVM, Alpine Veterinary Clinic Orange Room
Wednesday – 2/2 4:30- 5:00 Demo: “Nose Knows Scouting” Potato Virus Y Detection Using Trained Dog Andrea Parish & Andrew Houser McMullen Building
Wednesday – 2/2 5:00 * SOCIAL HOUR * with Ag Adventures Kids Kamp by CSU Extension in Green Room
Wednesday – 2/2 5:00 Continuation of Producer Input Becca Jablonski PhD, Asst. Prof. Ag and Resources Economics Blue Room

Thursday – February 3rd

Date Time Topic Presenter Title Location
Thursday – 2/3 8:00-8:10 Welcome, Survey Marisa Fricke Program Manager Subdistrict 1 Main Room
Thursday – 2/3 8:10-9:00 Water Conditions Update Craig Cotten Division Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources Main Room
Thursday – 2/3 9:00-10:00 The Hard Truths of Groundwater Marisa Fricke / Amber Pacheco / Chris Ivers / Clinton Phillips Program Manager Subdistrict 1 / Program Manager Subdistrict 2,3, & 6 / Program Manager – Subdistrict 4 & 5 / PhD, Davis Engineering Main Room
Thursday – 2/3 10:00-10:20 * BREAK * Diamond Sponsor
Thursday – 2/3 10:30-12:00 Anatomy of Augmentation Heather Dutton / Marisa Fricke / Nathan Coombs / Jim Yahn Manager, SLV Water Conservation District / Program Manager Subdistrict 1 / Manager CWCD / Manager, North Sterling Irrigation District Main Room
Thursday – 2/3 12:00-12:15 Intro to Master Irrigators Main Room
Thursday – 2/3 12:15:-1:30 * LUNCH *
Thursday – 2/3 1:30 Commercial Applicators & Private Applicator Continuing Education 7-Core Credits Don Henderson DP Ag Services Orange Room (Register at door)

DEMOS

Date Time Topic Presenter Title Location
Tuesday – 2/1 10:30 Demo: Bubbler Systems Wade Henderson P.E., Ski Hi Engineering McMullen Building
Tuesday – 2/1 1:30 Demo: Powder River Livestock Equipment Justin Gilmore Monte Vista Coop McMullen Building
Tuesday – 2/1 3:30 Demo: Nutrition by Hubbard Monte Vista Coop McMullen Building
Wednesday – 2/2 9:00 Demo: Soil Moisture Sensors Patrick O’Neill Soil Health Services McMullen Building
Wednesday – 2/2 10:30 Combine Calibration for Grain Harvest US Tractor & Harvest McMullen Building
Wednesday – 2/2 4:00 “Nose Knows Scouting” Potato Virus Y Detection Using Trained Dog Andrea Parish & Andrew Houser McMullen Building

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