The Four States Ag Expo hosts a variety of educational seminars, certification classes, information sessions and more in our Ag Summit. Each year we focus on hot topics that are affecting our area and surrounding areas. Such as drought, weed management & new laws. Also provided are new techniques to both small and large farmers & Ranchers, by helping them to understand, land & crop management, marketing, and livestock skills.

 

Please see full schedule for times and details on each topic.

Commissioner Don Brown: Speaking on Colorado and Federal Agriculture issues Q&A.
Private Pesticide Applicator License Renewal
Farm Safe USA
Ryan D. Rhoades, Ph.D.                                                                                       A Systems Approach to Ranching: Finding Leverage to Mitigate Drought (Presented by: Ryan Rhoades- CSU Assistant Professor/Beef Extension Specialist)
o   Will include discussion around incorporating stockers, a small feeding operation, and alternative income source.
   Ryan D. Rhoades, Ph.D.                                                         Understanding and Utilizing EPD’s to Make Genetic Change (Presented by: Beth Krehbiel- Ph.D. Candidate CSU Beef Management Systems)
o   Will include discussion around environmental constraints (i.e. fit cows to resource base).
Beef Quality Assurance

Key note Speaker, Bill Bullard: “The State of the US Cattle Industry”

Biography of Bill Bullard

Bill Bullard is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) and has held this position since 2001. R-CALF USA is the largest national cattle-producer organization in the U.S. that exclusively represents the live cattle segment of the United States’ multi-segmented beef supply chain. R-CALF USA’s voluntary membership consists of thousands of U.S. cow/calf producers, backgrounders, stockers and feeders who are located in 46 states. R-CALF USA represents its members on issues concerning international trade and marketing and its purposes include representing its members’ interests before Congress, agencies of the federal government, and in court.  

Bullard has testified on behalf of R-CALF USA members before Congress and executive branch agencies, has managed numerous lawsuits on behalf of the organization, and is the organization’s registered lobbyist.  

Bullard is a former owner/operator of a South Dakota cow/calf ranching operation. He gained government experience by serving over five years as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, a state agency that regulates grain elevators, electricity, natural gas and telecommunications. He has a B.S. in Political Science from Black Hills State University in South Dakota and completed a year of graduate studies at the University of South Dakota.

Bullard and his wife Jeanne reside in Billings, Montana, and have three children & 4 grandchildren. 
Farmers for America: “The Four Corners Farmers and Ranchers Coalition presents “Farmers for America”. At the center of the film are the farmers, young and old, who provide the spirit and energy to bring urban and rural America together over what both share in common: our food. These farmers reflect nothing less than the face of America. With the average age of today’s farmer at 60, and rural America losing population as the cost of land and equipment soars, this film reveals the people waiting to take their place, the practices they’re championing and the obstacles they must overcome. “
Water Law 101