Colorado commissioner of agriculture to host meet and greet during his first visit to northwest Colorado |

Colorado commissioner of agriculture to host meet and greet during his first visit to northwest Colorado

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What: Meet and greet with Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 17

Where: Colorado Mountain College auditorium, 1330 Bob Adams Dr., Steamboat Springs

— In the middle of committee meetings, technology seminars and innovation workshops, participants in this week’s Protein Producer Summit and members of the public will get a chance to meet Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown during his first visit to Northwest Colorado.

Routt County CattleWomen, Routt County Farm Bureau and Community Agriculture Alliance have sponsored a meet and greet with Brown at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus auditorium in Steamboat Springs to discuss the challenges, concerns and joys of ranching and farming in northwest Colorado.

“This gives me a wonderful opportunity to talk to people of the protein industry here in northwest Colorado about the issues they’re having that I can address on a regional, state and federal level,” Brown said. “Along with the convention here, it [the meet and greet] will help the industry here speak with a more unified voice, which we need since the agriculture is only about 2 percent of the population.”

Brown, a third generation farmer from Yuma County in eastern Colorado, was appointed to his position Jan. 1.

As commissioner of agriculture, Brown leads the department’s daily operations, direct its 300 employees and oversee the agency’s seven divisions — animal health; brand inspection; Colorado State Fair; conservation services; inspection and consumer services; markets; and plant industry.

The sponsors agree that the meet and greet is crucial for the future success and productivity of agriculture in Routt County.

“He is our strongest and most important ambassador for the beef industry,” Colorado CattleWomen treasurer Adonna Allen said. “The meet and greet will allow us to have a dialogue back and forth. Most of us don’t get an opportunity to see him, speak or talk to him face to face. That’s a big deal for us.”

“Agriculture is still crucial to Routt County’s economy and heritage, and Commissioner Brown oversees a lot of it,” Community Agriculture Alliance Executive Director Marsha Daughenbaugh. “He is a person of authority that citizens can go to [on Wednesday] to express concerns or ask questions about things on a state and national level.”

Brown’s appearance is one of many events this week catering to members of the northwest Colorado protein industry during the Protein Producer Summit.

The events include committee meetings, guest speakers and a spin-off of the television show “Shark Tank,” during which three innovators will present their proposals regarding innovation and technology in the protein industry to the audience and a panel of judges.

“This summit gives members of the organizations involved an opportunity to work together to accomplish greater goals within our industry,” Allen said. “We can raise our concerns as a united voice.”

Brown will attend many of the summit activities.

“This summit is a chance for people to have a voice in communicating to the consumer, the state government and the federal government as the protein producers of northwest Colorado,” Brown said. “It is more effective to explain food safety or food production to those not involved in the agriculture industry if we’re all one voice.”

For more information on the summit, visit

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