January 11-12, 2023


January 11th

8:00am-9:00am: Registration and Check-In (Terra Building Atrium)

9:00am-4:00pm: Tours in Northern Colorado (Participants will select on tour, box lunch provided upon departure)

Tour 1

International / National Beef Processing

Beef Feed yard

Food Manufacturer

National Retailer Distribution Facility 

Tour 2

USDA Certified Processor with in state distribution 

Beef Feed yard

Regional Retailer

Food Manufacturer

Tour 3

Custom Exempt Processor


Single location retailer

Online direct to consumer distribution site

Tour 4


Walking tour of the National Western Complex and CSU Spur Campus

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Reception and Dinner at Terra Building at the CSU Spur Campus at the National Western Center

8:00 pm: ILF FELLOWS ONLY: NWSS Rodeo (bus to Fort Collins Hilton following conclusion of rodeo)

January 12th

7:30am: Registration and Coffee

8:00am: Meat Industry Updates

9:00am: The Global Meat Supply Chain: Challenges and Opportunities

10:00am: Break

10:15am: Marketing to a Diverse Consumer Base

11:15am: The Global Significance of a Sustainable Beef Industry

12:00pm: LUNCH

1:00-3:55pm: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session 1 | 1 - 1:55

Concurrent Sessions

Thinking outside of the middle: Maximizing carcass value using non-middle meats

Animal welfare and handling

Planning for the future: Resiliency and succession planning for meat businesses

Understanding meat processing options

Meat quality and yields: Liabilities and Opportunities

Session 2 | 2 - 2:55

Concurrent Sessions


The people problem: Addressing the workforce challenge

Federal support for meat supply chain expansion and diversification

International markets: What’s on the horizon

Exploring new markets: Online and direct to consumer

Session 3 | 3 - 3:55

Concurrent Sessions

Applied innovation in food safety

Navigating building a new facility: Case studies from planning to implementation

Certification programs, labeling, and marketing

Emerging trends in intermediated meat markets

4:00-4:30pm: Curbside consulting. Meet with technical assistance providers to get answers to your specific questions regarding grants, regulations, environmental health, and labeling.

4:30pm: Networking Happy Hour: Colorado Craft Beer

Bringing Policy Down to Earth

World Café: Open forum to identify, discuss and advance key issues and opportunities

Key Factors in Food and Agriculture

Localized solutions to Global Issue: A case study of the San Luis Valley

Next Generation of Food and Agriculture

Voices from the future: Creating a youth-lead vision for Colorado Food Systems

Putting our money where our mouth is: Connecting Supply and Demand for CO ag and food systems

Value Chain Coordination: Growing markets from the ground up

A place for all at the table: New approaches to Nutrition Security

Apple in the Artists Eye: Creative appraoches to understanding our food system

Join us for Happy Hour! 

Happy Hour is brought to you by CSU Fermentation Science and Technology Program and Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe. Details coming soon

Thank you to our ILF Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to our Mountain Meat Sponsors and Partners

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number G325-21-W8612 through the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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