Agriculture Task Force | 2018 Spring Meeting

Denver | May 10-12, 2018

Photo of the Denver skylineNCSL's Agriculture Task Force held its Spring Meeting in Denver, Colorado on May 10-12, 2018, as part of NCSL's Spring Executive Committee Meeting. The Task Force helps develop NCSL policy options to address critical agriculture and rural development issues facing the states and serves as a conduit for state legislative communication with the federal government. 

The meeting brought together task force members and agriculture-focused legislators to discuss pressing state-federal agriculture policy issues. Participants will made visits to a brewery and an indoor cannabis grow facility. The final agenda can be found here.  

Thursday, May 11, 2018

Welcome Dinner

Task Force members were joined by special guest, Colorado Agriculture Commissioner, Don Brown. They had an opportunity to discuss the state of Colorado's agriculture, along with current and future activities. 

Friday, May 12, 2018

Terrapin Care Station

Participants visited Terrapin Care Station in Aurora, where they learned about the regulatory structure for both medical and recreational cannabis facilities and use in Colorado, and had an opportunity to tour the growing operation, the production facility, and a dispensary. 

Dry Dock Brewey

One of the first micro-breweries in Aurora, the groups recieved an informational session and a tour of the facility, focusing on Colorado regulations, how the brewery conducts its operations with farmers from hop acquisition to the distribution of spent grain, and production to sales. 

Saturday, May 12

Legislators heard from a number of policy experts on several different issues impacting agriculture. The first session was a working group to provide the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee with a recommendation for its 2018 Summit Business Meeting on its Animal Agriculture Policy. 

Trade, Tarrifs & The Ag Economy | Dr. Chad Hart, Iowa State University | Presentation

Colorado Lessons: The Intersection of Regulation, Production, and Markets of Industrial Hemp | Hunter Buffington, Colorado Hemp Industries Assocition, Wendy Mosher, New West Gneetics, and Duane Sinning, Colorado Department of Agriculture | Presentation