SPEAKERS

January 11-12, 2023

Maggie Baldwin

State Veterinarian - Colorado Department of Agriculture

State Veterinarian - Colorado Department of Agriculture

Dr. Maggie Baldwin is the State Veterinarian and Director of the Animal Health Division at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. She has been with CDA since January 2017 holding several positions working on livestock emergency management, disease case management, and public outreach. Prior to joining CDA, Maggie worked for USDA as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian with FSIS and then as a Veterinary Medical Officer with APHIS during the 2014-2015 HPAI outbreak. Maggie is originally from west central Minnesota. She received her bachelor's degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota.

Tommy Casados

Owner/CEO - C4 Enterprises, Inc./C4 Farms

Owner/CEO - C4 Enterprises, Inc./C4 Farms

Tommy was raised on his family’s cow/calf and irrigated perennial hay operation in Tierra Amarilla, NM. A small town in north central New Mexico, about 20 miles from the Colorado border. After high school Tommy attended New Mexico State University where he studied rangeland science and upon graduation went to work for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. During his tenure at USDA-NRCS, Tommy and his wife Jessica started their own cattle operation, C4 Farms, that spurred on direct marketing grass fed beef through farmer’s markets and eventually into e-commerce.

Dan Halstrom

President and CEO - U.S. Meat Export Federation

President and CEO - U.S. Meat Export Federation

Dan was named President and CEO of USMEF in 2018. He originally joined USMEF in 2010 as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, and was responsible for global marketing, including the coordination of programs in 19 regions around the world promoting U.S. beef, pork, and lamb. In addition, he oversaw industry relations and membership activities for USMEF and their 9 sectors of membership. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Dan was born and raised near Cherokee, Iowa on a 1,000-acre grain farm, which included a 3,000-head cattle backgrounding operation.

Beth LaShell

Director, Old Fort at Hesperus - Fort Lewis College

Director, Old Fort at Hesperus - Fort Lewis College

As Director of Old Fort at Hesperus for Fort Lewis College, Beth oversees day to day operations including FLC and community uses, research and farmer training on the 6,300 acre property which was the original site of FLC. She received an Animal Science degree from The Ohio State University, and MS in Animal Breeding and Genetics at CSU with Dr. Jim Brinks. The Old Fort has 120 mother cows and produce replacements using PAP tested AI bulls. Red Angus calves are sold at weaning; Murray Greys are marketed as grass fed beef and Herefords are fed at CO feedyard.

Michele Meyer

Executive Director - Community Agriculture Alliance

Executive Director - Community Agriculture Alliance

Michele has worked at Community Agriculture Alliance since 2010 and assumed the Executive Director role in 2018. She brings over 25 years of professional fund raising, marketing, and nonprofit management experience to the CAA. Michele believes deeply in the value of agriculture and its critical importance to the Yampa Valley, working to honor the past, support the present, and build for the future of agriculture. Her passion for local food has led the CAA Market program growth and she continues to work to build a resilient local food system in NW Colorado.

Sara Place

Associate Professor - Colorado State University

Associate Professor - Colorado State University

Dr. Sara Place is an expert in livestock systems sustainability with over a decade of experience in academia, industry associations, and private industry. Most recently, Sara has been the Chief Sustainability Officer at Elanco Animal Health where she provided technical expertise on sustainability issues. Prior to Elanco, she was the senior director for sustainable beef production research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and an assistant professor in sustainable beef cattle systems at Oklahoma State University. She received her PhD in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis, and a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University.

Kathryn Quanbeck

Director of Sales - West - Force of Nature
 

Director of Sales - West - Force of Nature

Kathryn Quanbeck is currently the Director of Sales - West for Force of Nature, a regenerative meat business. Her career has been focused on getting local and sustainable meat to market, working on issues like aggregation, processing, distribution and sales. She is on the Advisory Board of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) and has a masters degree in Agricultural Economics from UC - Davis.

Email Libby Christensen at libby.christensen@colostate.edu with questions about the event.

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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.

Marco Antonio Abarca

CEO - Ready Foods Inc
 

CEO - Ready Foods Inc

Marco grew up in Denver and graduated from Regis Jesuit High School. After attending Yale College and Stanford Law School, he spent four years working with the Migrant Farmworker Project of California Rural Legal Assistance. Marco returned to Denver in 1992 and began working in his family's Mexican food business. In the nearly thirty years he has been with Ready Foods, Marco has transformed the company into a medium sized soup and sauce company. This year, Marco and his wife Cathy have become empty nesters. They are looking forward to finally tackling their large stack of unread books.

Christine Arbogast

President - Kogovsek & Associates, Inc.
 

President - Kogovsek & Associates, Inc.

Christine Arbogast is a native Coloradan, whose career began as a journalist and developed into advocacy on Western natural resource issues after six years on the staff of the late Congressman Ray Kogovsek from 1979-84. She represents multiple water districts, whose interests include sufficient water supplies for domestic, agricultural and industrial use. She also works on public lands issues, including wildfire and watershed health, In addition she represents Colorado's two Ute Indian tribes. Most of her work is at the federal level, but when state and federal issues interface, she works with state resource agencies as well.

Flora Archuleta

Executive Director - San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center

Executive Director - San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center

Flora Archuleta is a San Luis Valley native, who has worked in the non-profit sector for the past thirty-five years. She has been employed as the Executive Director with the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center for the past twenty years and is recognized as an Accredited Representative with the Department of Justice.

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