Technology and the Future of Family Farms in Western Colorado
Colorado’s West Slope agriculture is one-of-a-kind. The food grown for people across the state and the nation is tended not by large corporate entities, but by small, multi-generational family farms and ranches. These local operations provide an economic backbone for communities across the Western Slope, but in a hotter, drier climate, they face staggering challenges. Water With Your Lunch: NextGen Ag continues the River District’s popular lunchtime webinar series with a panel of local farmers, ranchers, and scientists speaking to the integration of new technologies to enhance water use efficiency and how agricultural innovation may secure a future for the next generation.
Alongside a discussion of current and developing solutions, the panel discusses how certain efficiency upgrades can affect return flows and water management, as well as agricultural infrastructure investments and collaborative solutions for funding the future of agriculture on the Western Slope.
Panelists Include: – Dr. Perry Cabot, Research Scientist and Extension Specialist, Colorado Water Institute, CSU Extension and CSU Agricultural Experiment Station, Mesa County – Paul Bruchez, Owner and Operator, Reeder Creek Ranch, Grand County – Dave “DK” Kanzer, Director of Science and Interstate Matters, Colorado River District – Dan Keppen, Executive Director, Family Farm Alliance -Marielle Cowdin, Director of Public Relations, Colorado River District (moderator)