To celebrate the past, the Colorado Farm Bureau is looking toward the future.
To mark the organization’s centennial, the Farm Bureau has been honoring its history with several events that included farmers, ranchers, ag professionals and people who aren’t directly involved with agriculture.
“We promote agriculture and rural communities, and I think we’re in a really good place,” says Taylor Szilagyi, director of policy communications for the Colorado Farm Bureau. “We want to look forward to new opportunities and the continual longstanding tradition of farming and ranching that is sustainable not only in an environmental sense, but for future generations to come. That comes with embracing new ideas and continuing to diversify.”
In May, the organization partnered with the Denver Business Journal to recognize Who’s Who in Agriculture and highlighted agriculturalists throughout the state. They also awarded Sakata Farms owner Robert Sakata with a trailblazer award to highlight his longstanding leadership.
“We had an awesome event and a gala roundtable discussion at the Brown Palace,” Szilagyi says of the May event. “We recognized 41 individuals and families and had a really good mix of a lot of different agricultural commodities and aspects.”
The CFB also works with Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance on the Serving the Same People Initiative, which pairs local insurance agents with county farm bureau boards to help farmers and ranchers succeed and strengthen the organizations.
In addition, the Farm Bureau revamped its Future of Agriculture in Colorado task force, which was originally formed in 2007 and is charged with looking at the major issues facing agriculture in Colorado and how to prepare for the next 100 years.
The task force is made up of Farm Bureau representatives and people who work in international trade, businesspeople, officials from the Museum of Nature
and Science, representatives from Colorado State University and others.
“The task force is one of the coolest things that I’ve ever done,” Szilagyi says, “to see so many heavy hitters come together for the future of agriculture was great.”