GREELEY, Colo. — Colorado farmers and ranchers sat down to talk with the media last week in Colorado Springs about the importance of agriculture in our state, and hear from boots-on-the-ground experts. The lunch panel was part of a series of events held during August for Colorado Proud Month, which were hosted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture with support from other industry partners.
Among the panelists was Jeff Self — a Springfield, Colo., farmer who serves as the vice president of the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA). Jeff represents the third generation of his family to farm in the Springfield area, where he grows field corn, wheat, dry beans and sunflowers with his 21-year-old son, Justin.
Other panelists included Michael Hirakata with Hirakata Farms; Mary Miller with the Triple M Bar Ranch; Sara Genova DiSanti with DiSanti Farms, and Amber Strohauer of Strohauer Farms. The panel was moderated by Colorado Department of Agriculture Marketing Specialist Wendy White.
Among other topics, Jeff and the other panelists discussed their experiences working on multi-generation family operations; technological changes that have shaped the industry over the years; changes they’ve seen in Colorado consumers; the roles that various commodities play in our state’s industry and their impact on our economy; and the challenges facing farmers and ranchers today.
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