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February 2016 Colorado Proud Newsletter
February 2016 Colorado Proud Newsletter
February 5 Farm to School Workshop, Adams County
February 9-11 Rocky Mountain Ag Conference & Trade Show, Monte Vista
February 10 Current Good Manufacturing Practices Training, Fort Collins
February 11 Current Good Manufacturing Practices Training, Fort Collins
February 12 Farm to School Workshop, Pueblo
February 12 Cottage Foods Stakeholder Meeting, Denver
February 16 Marketing Workshop: 10 Ways to Make Your Culinary Biz Look BIG, Denver
February 17 Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference, Denver
February 18 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, Denver
February 19 Exploring Shifts in Rural America, Fort Collins
February 19-20 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference, Albuquerque, NM
February 26 Water for Commodity Production Tour, Pueblo
February 26-29 Rocky Mountain Gift Show, Denver
March 11-13 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, Denver
March 16 Colorado Agriculture Day at the State Capitol, Denver
March 17 Current Good Manufacturing Practices Training, Pueblo
March 17-19 Four States Ag Expo, Cortez
March 18 Current Good Manufacturing Practices Training, Colorado Springs
March 18-20 Denver Home Show
April 1-2 Colorado Farmers’ Market Association Annual Meeting, Gunnison
April 6 Breakfast with the Pros, Broomfield
April 6 Current Good Manufacturing Practices Training, Boulder
April 7 Current Good Manufacturing Practices Training, Boulder
April 20 Regional Heritage & Agritourism Meeting, South Fork
April 21 Regional Heritage & Agritourism Meeting, La Veta
April 26 Regional Heritage & Agritourism Meeting, Akron
April 28 Regional Heritage & Agritourism Meeting, Hayden
April 28-29 Partners in the Outdoors Conference, Keystone
May 23 Rocky Mountain Food Safety Pre-Conference Workshop, Denver
May 24-25 Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference, Denver
August Colorado Proud Month
August 4 Colorado Governor’s Cup Wine Tasting, Denver
Colorado Proud News & Events
Help Establish Colorado Specialty Crop Benchmarks. Have you ever calculated your expenses or profitability by market channel? Your input is needed to establish State benchmarks that will help producers, like you, determine the most profitable market channels. Colorado State University’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University Extension, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture are conducting a study to better understand the impacts of market channel selection on farm/ranch profitability. As part of the research, we request that you fill out a 10 minute survey. The survey can be found here: https://colostateag.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0cwyebwTUBTJA3P
In order to participate, you must be:
- The owner/operator/manager of a farm or ranch within the state of Colorado.
- Utilizing two or more market channels, at least one of which needs to be considered a non-commodity outlet (for example a farmers’ market, Community Supported Agriculture arrangement, roadside stand, on-farm store, sales direct to restaurants, grocers, food hubs, or foodservice providers in institutions such as schools).
Your information will remain confidential as results will be aggregated among respondents. Although there is no direct compensation for this survey, your valuable feedback will support improved knowledge about profitability by market channel, and thus improved data for decision-making. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Becca Jablonski at CSU: 970-491-6133 or Becca.firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks for your time! Funding for this research is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Federal-State Marketing Improvement Grant.
Send Me Your New Product News For Facebook. Each week on the Colorado Proud Facebookpage I feature a new product from one of our members. Please e-mail me the name of your new product, when it became available, a photo of the product, your company name, where people can buy the product, website and your Facebook address.
Grants & Funding
Looking for Grants? Visit www.grants.gov.
Know Your Farmer. Know Your Food. Visit www.usda.gov/knowyourfarmer for information about grants and loans.
Barnraiser. Barnraiser is a crowdfunding site for food and farm projects.
USDA Rural Development Programs. The vision of USDA Rural Development is “a rural America that is a healthy, safe and prosperous place to live and work” and its mission is “to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for all rural Americans.” Rural Development helps communities meet their basic needs by building water and waste water systems, financing decent, affordable housing, supporting electric power and rural businesses, including cooperatives and supporting community development with information and technical assistance. Colorado Rural Development made grants, loans, and loan guarantees for over $406 million in Fiscal Year 2013 for community facilities, rural businesses, renewable energy, housing, and value added agriculture. For information regarding USDA Rural Development’s grant and loan programs, visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/co.
Trade Shows, Events & Festivals
Rocky Mountain Gift Show. The Rocky Mountain Gift Show, also known as the “Gateway to the West”, is the region’s premier platform for wholesale buying opportunities in the gift, home, jewelry, resort and related industries. The show is February 26-29, 2016 at the Denver Mart and attracts more than 3,000 attendees including store owners, retailers and buyers. For more information visithttp://denvermart.com/upcoming-events/markets-at-the-mart/gift-show/, email@example.com or call (800) 289-6278 x5296.
Other News and Opportunities
Building Local Food Systems. Whether you are a meat processor or farmer, educator or commercial kitchen, having the best information at your disposal is key to working effectively within your food system. SARE’s new topic brief, Building Local and Regional Food Systems, provides an introduction to different facets of local and regional food systems, and directs you to resources that can help stakeholders build robust community food systems.
Greeley Farmers Market Pantry: Sell Your Local Products. The Farmer’s Pantry is a new grocery store in Greeley, CO selling locally produced agricultural products. They are currently looking for more local products to stock their shelves. If you, or someone you know, are interested in selling your products through the Farmer’s Pantry contact Todd Doleshall at (970) 396-2994. For more information about the Farmer’s Pantry visit: https://www.facebook.com/farmerspantrystore/.
Colorado Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees. Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award® honoring agricultural landowners in Colorado who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. It is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and American AgCredit. Applications are due by March 8, 2016. Finalists and recipient will be announced by April. For complete application information, visitwww.leopoldconservationaward.org. Award applicants are judged based on their demonstration of improved resource conditions, innovation, long-term commitment to stewardship, sustained economic viability, community and civic leadership, and multiple use benefits. The Colorado award is sponsored by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assoc., American AgCredit, DuPont Pioneer, The Mosaic Company and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Commercial Kitchen Survey. Thinking of starting a food business in 2016? Are you a current food business that needs access to commercial kitchen space? Do you have extra commercial kitchen space or equipment that you could be monetizing? The Food Corridor, the “Airbnb for commercial kitchens” is piloting in Colorado. To participate, simply fill out their application if you have commercial kitchen space or equipment to rent. If you are looking for space or equipment to produce your goods, fill out the food business application. Fees may apply. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association News. The Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association is pleased to introduce Lorene Bonds of Durango, Colorado as President. Lorene is a fourth generation rancher, whose family homesteaded in southwestern Colorado near the majestic San Juan Mountains in the 1890s, raising Hereford cattle. Her husband Tom’s ranching family settled in the region in the early 1900s. The Bonds continue to pass down their families’ ranching legacies to their three children. They run a 600 head cow/calf Angus and Hereford cross operation on USFS allotments in the San Juan Mountains. CICA is a grassroots driven group that strives to protect and promote private enterprise for cattle growers statewide. Founded in 2005, it is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the cattle industry within local communities, the state of Colorado and the nation. Visit www.coloica.com for more information.
Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. CFVGA’s mission is to improve business conditions for Colorado’s commercial fruit and vegetable growers of all sizes, production practices and marketing channels. Whether you are a grower, an industry that engages with produce growers, or a partner who wants to see Colorado produce continue to benefit the citizens of Colorado, you are invited to join. For more information, visit http://coloradoproduce.org.
Colorado Specialty Food Makers Group. If you make specialty or packaged foods and are open to sharing your experiences with other local food makers, join the Colorado Specialty Food Makers group. This new and growing group meets on the third Wednesday of every month for networking and educational workshops. To learn more or to join, visit www.meetup.com/Colorado-Specialty-Food-Makers or contact Sara Lancaster at email@example.com.
Dairy farmer and WDA board member Shelly Dickinson recently worked with us to make a big donation to Food Bank for Larimer County – learn more about why donating milk is so important and how you can help: http://westerndairyassociation.org/dairy-farmer-shelly-dickinson-gives-back-to-her-community/
Manufactured Food Program
Manufactured Food Program Newsletter. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has a new quarterly newsletter for the Manufactured Food Program, with helpful information to foster understanding and collaboration between the program staff and the community they serve. If you would like to receive this quarterly newsletter, contact Jon Strauss firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Overview. CDPHE’s State Manufactured Foods program exists as a resource for all wholesale firms in Colorado that produce, package or hold food for human consumption. While we regulate firms to protect consumer health and insure that food is prepared and held in a sanitary and hygienic manner, our goal is to offer a regulatory experience that goes beyond conducting inspections and takes more of a collaborative approach. We can provide training, regulatory assistance, educational handouts, signage, labeling guidance, certificates of free sale as well as conducting pre-opening inspections and plan reviews. We also provide information regarding recalls and handle consumer complaints.
Is Registration Mandatory? Manufacturing or processing facilities, repackaging operations and food warehouses are regulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability (CDPHE: DEHS). The Colorado Pure Food and Drug Law found in Title 25 Part 4 of the Colorado Revised Statutes require that anyone who operates a wholesale of food manufacturing establishment in the State of Colorado must register with CDPHE. If you’re operating from a commercial or commissary kitchen that is licensed (RFE) or registered, you still have to register your business with our division. If you have any questions concerning registration, please call (303) 692-3654. All businesses of this type are required to register with CDPHE annually. A registration form can be found here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/DEHS_Form_WhslFood_AppFY2016.pdf. CDPHE’s Wholesale Food website is located at:https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wholesale-food-manufacturing-and-storage. Wholesale/manufacturing facilities are also required to register with the FDA if any of your ingredients, raw materials or packaging is obtained from outside of Colorado and/or if you distribute any of your products through interstate commerce. You can register with FDA here:http://www.access.fda.gov/. New businesses will have to click on “Login/Create Account” to begin. Be sure to save the information you are given at the end of your registration.
Regulatory Guidance: FDA-Food Safety Modernization Act. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed by Congress and signed into law in 2011, refines FDA’s focus. FSMA adds a reportable food registry for adulterated food and creates improved enforcement tools. The FSMA also requires most food manufacturers to create food safety plans. These plans will include preventive controls that firms deem necessary to control food safety hazards. Potential hazards include pathogens and allergens, as well as physical and chemical contaminants. The due date for these plans has not been set and will depend on the size of the food processor. A link to FDA’s FAQs on preventive controls can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/UCM345224.pdf. FDA provides additional information about risk assessment at:http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/RiskSafetyAssessment/.
Regional Development Meetings. Regional heritage and agritourism workshops are designed to provide resources and information about topics that are important to you. Over 20 meetings have already been presented around the state. Topics vary regionally, lunch is included and attendance is free. Another set of meetings are being planned for Spring 2016 so that we can reach even more communities. Dates, locations and presentation topics below:
April 20 – South Fork, Insurance and CHAMP
April 21 – La Veta, Business Plan Development and Retail
April 26 – Akron, PR/Social and Marketing
April 28 – Hayden, Laws and Regulations and PR /Social
For more information visit www.coloradoagritourismassociation.org/?directLink=103. Please RSVP early to elizabeth.o’email@example.com or (303) 892-3893.
Colorado Agritourism Association. The Colorado Agritourism Association is here to serve you. Contact us about your signs, get a membership and get linked in to the newest advocacy group for keeping farming in the family. Visit www.coloradoagritourismassociation.org for more information.
Agritourism Liability Signs Available. House Bill 1280 requires an agritourism business to post a sign with specific language. Signs are available; they are .040 aluminum with radius edges and four fastening holes drilled for your convenience.
Two ways to get signs:
1) Visit www.colorado.com and make sure you have a business listing. You can get a basic listing for free. Six million unique users visited the website last year looking for information while planning their Colorado vacation. Send Kelli the link to your listing and an address to ship the signs to and you will receive two signs for free.
2) Send a mailing address to Kelli Hepler, with the Colorado Agritourism Association, with a check made payable to Colorado Agritourism Association for $18.00 per sign plus $2 per sign shipping and handling. All proceeds will go to support the CHAMP program, http://industry.colorado.com/overview/hag-committee.
Farm to School Update
Farm to School Workshops. The Colorado Farm to School Task Force and Real Food Colorado (RFCO) launched the Intensive Technical Assistance Workshop (ITA) series in 2013 with a generous grant from the Colorado Health Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation. The Task Force and RFCO brought FTS experts and resources to regions visited in keeping with the Task Force’s mission to support and encourage Colorado Farm to School (FTS) programming. In the final year of its grant funding, the 2016 ITAs are presented as mini-conferences and will visit three regions. The ITAs will offer critical FTS curriculum that supports local food access and procurement by institutional kitchens. ITAs will be held on January 29 at the Montrose County Fairgrounds, February 5 at the Adams County Fairgrounds and February 12 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo. Space is limited, so PRE-REGISTER for one of the upcoming 2016 ITAs. For more information visithttp://coloradofarmtoschool.org/colorado-farm-to-school-task-force/ita-workshops/. Questions? Please contact RFCO at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Colorado Farm to School Task Force email@example.com.
Farm to School Grants. Two producer grant programs are available in 2016. Visithttp://coloradofarmtoschool.org/resourcelibrary/categories/itaworkshopdocs/ for more information. Questions? Please contact RFCO at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Colorado Farm to School Task Force at email@example.com.
Farm to School Webinars. Visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/videos-and-webinars for free webinars from the USDA.
Colorado Farm to School Task Force Facebook Page. Be sure to “Like” the Colorado Farm to School Task Force Facebook page at www.facebook.com/COFTS.
Sign Up For The Colorado Farm to School Newsletter. The Colorado Farm to School Task Force sends a monthly newsletter and occasional updates designed to keep you informed about the latest farm to school activities and resources in Colorado. To receive the newsletter, please visit http://coloradofarmtoschool.org/get-involved/ and subscribe to Colorado Farm to School Updates.
National Farm to School e-mail alerts list. Want to hear right away about important FTS events, funding opportunities, and more? Join their mailing list today!
USDA Farm to School newsletter has a wealth of timely information you don’t want to miss. Sign up for the Farm to School E-letter today.
Workshops, Seminars and Training
Cottage Foods Stakeholder Meetings. In an effort to reach out to new stakeholders and provide an additional informational resource for existing ones, CDPHE has created and implemented a Cottage Food Regulation Development webpage. The webpage provides all Department deliverables generated as a result of the stakeholder meetings, as well as guidance documents and general information, https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/cottage-foods-regulation-development. The next stakeholder meeting is Friday, February 12, 9am-12:30pm, at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
Current Good Manufacturing Practices Training. This free course provides an overview of the current Good Manufacturing Practices as it relates to Colorado Wholesale Food Regulations and the new State Manufactured Foods Program. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is hosting free training sessions on February 10, 12pm-4pm, at the Larimer County CSU Extension Office in Fort Collins; February 11, 9am-1pm, at the Larimer County CSU Extension Office in Fort Collins; March 17, 12pm-4pm at the Pueblo County Health Department; March 18, 9am-1pm, at El Paso County Public Health in Colorado Springs; April 6, 12pm-4pm at Boulder County Public Health; and April 7, 9am-1pm at Boulder County Health. For more information, contact Jon Strauss at (303) 692-3654, firstname.lastname@example.org or Emily Schoblaski at (303) 692-3629,Emily.Schoblaski@state.co.us.
Conference Addresses Challenges for Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers. The second annual Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) Conference will be held February 17, 2016, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. The speaker lineup includes staff from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. In addition, Major General (Ret.) Gary Dylewski, speaking on behalf of Mission: Readiness will deliver the keynote address “Farmers on the Frontline: Fueling our Forces.” The conference will also feature a review of new Food Safety Modernization Act regulations for produce, Justice Greg Hobbs addressing water issues, grower/buyer networking and other hot topics within the areas of labor, nutrition, business development and production/research. The CFVGA membership will elect new board members and vote on other items of business. Registration and additional information is available at http://cfvga.org. The CFVGA is comprised of more than 150 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $300 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 60,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production. For more on the CFVGA, visit http://coloradoproduce.org.
Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture. There’s no shortage of issues discussed among the public, media, lawmakers and industry when it comes to food production, and the 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture will take on many of these critical topics, all while examining the future of ag in the Centennial State. In particular, this event will explore how Colorado can best prepare a next generation of top-notch producers, who will be tasked with feeding a rapidly growing population, and doing so with fewer resources while facing a number of challenges. The 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture – titled “Next Generation Agriculture” – is set for 8 a.m. on February 18, taking place at the Renaissance Denver Hotel (3801 Quebec St). The Forum – hosted by the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program – will cover the future of Colorado’s rural communities, labor availability challenges, succession planning for farmers and ranchers, working in multi-generational workplaces, the changing landscape for women in ag, Colorado’s new cannabis industry, technology, biotechnology, social media and more. For more information visitwww.governorsagforum.com.
Rural Reinvented: Exploring Shifts in Rural America. Friday, February 19, 2:30–4pm, Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason, Fort Collins. Panelists will examine the myths and realities of changes in rural America from demographic, natural resource, agricultural, and economic perspectives. Visithttp://sustainability.colostate.edu/events/rural-reinvented for more information.
Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference. The 2015 Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference will be held May 24-25, 2016, at Johnson & Wales University, 7150 E. Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80220 with preconference workshops scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2016. Established in 1972, the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference has become the premier food safety conference of the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. The conference brings together professionals from the food industry and the food safety community, providing a unique annual opportunity for updates, networking, and new ideas. National and local experts present information and views on current issues, problems, and developments, and conference participants gain an updated, broader view of the field and their role in securing and protecting a safe food supply. Visit www.rmfoodsafety.org for more information.
Food Preservation Classes. CSU Extension offers a variety of food preservation classes, in addition to their Cottage Foods Safety training. Visit http://www.eventbrite.com/o/csu-extension-food-preservation-6622808397 for information, including dates and locations.
Food Safety Training for Cottage Food Vendors. This 3 hour training provides a 3 year certification and meets the food safety training requirement for Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Learn the specifics for operating a food business from a home kitchen. Review the law, permissible foods and ingredient labeling requirements. We will cover basics of food safety-including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transporting produce and sales. Resources for food preparation at altitude and for going further with your business will be shared. For workshop days and locations and more information visit http://csu-ext-food-preservation.eventbrite.com or contact Anne Zander at (303) 678-6238 or email@example.com.
Developing a Safe Food Business Certificate. Planning to start a cottage food business in your home kitchen, rent a commercial kitchen to produce your product, or begin a small-scale food manufacturing facility? It’s an exciting time to be a food entrepreneur, but there are also many regulations and requirements to navigate. Even if you’re thinking something more local, such as selling homemade foods at a farmers market or maybe a holiday fair, this safe food handling certificate is a must for you! CSU’s online curriculum covers two topics a week for eight weeks, and you will learn about many of the necessary food safety practices and regulations needed to start your food company. Click here for more information.
Food Handlers Training Offered. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is offering an online training for food handlers. By taking this training, food handlers will learn the basics of safe food handling in the workplace as they are presented with activities that will allow them to respond to scenarios they may encountered in the workplace. The fee is $10.00 and the training can be accessed at http://www.statefoodsafety.com.
Better Process Control School Available Online. Registrants for the online class must be within the U.S. to be eligible, due to FDA requirements for this online course. The material covered in this course is the same material (16 chapters) that is covered in the in-person course. The course is meant to be taken on demand (there is no start and end date), but it must be completed in 3 months of receiving your login invitation after registering. The cost is $400. Registration is by credit card only. Visithttp://ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/Better_Process_Control_School_Online/ for more information. After you register, a course textbook will be mailed to your registration address so you can study. You will be sent an invitation to log into the site after that, and you’ll have 3 months to complete the exams. E-mail Zann Gates at firstname.lastname@example.org for any procedural and logistics questions, and Dr. Diane Barrett at email@example.com for technical questions.
Workshop Resources. There are a variety of local organizations that host business workshops. Be sure to visit the following sites for great information and event calendars.
Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA): www.arvadaeconomicdevelopment.org
Aurora Business Development Center: www.aurorabdc.com
Colorado Small Business Administration: http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3104
Colorado Small Business Development Center Networks: www.coloradosbdc.org
Denver Metro Small Business Development Center: www.denversbdc.org
Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute: www.rmmfi.org
The Food Processing Center-University of Nebraska, Lincoln, http://fpc.unl.edu/professional_development
New Mexico State University Better Process Control School, http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html