DABE November Luncheon
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Doors Open at 11:45
New CU Business School Building
(Room BUSB 3007)1475 Lawrence Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
Metered Street Parking is available ($1 an hour)
Drought and its Impact on Colorado Agriculture
Ron Carleton – Deputy Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture
Drought conditions have been persisting throughout the US and in most of Colorado for the past few years. Drought conditions were first appeared in southern Colorado in 2011 and spread through the entire state in 2012. Reservoirs and rivers have run below average and feed prices have increased. This has had a significant impact on Colorado farmers and livestock producers. The Colorado Department of Agriculture will help to quantify the impact of Colorado’s drought and can share insights into whether the heavy rains in September have significantly improved conditions for Agriculture in Colorado.
Ron Carleton, of Fort Collins, assumed his role as deputy commissioner in June 2012. In that time, he has focused much of his efforts on Colorado’s drought, farm bill policies, industrial hemp, and the Colorado State Fair. Carleton served on the Governor’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, and is currently the Chair of the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council.
Additional duties for the deputy commissioner includes coordinating policy development and implementation, oversee the management of the Department’s divisions, and assisting the Commissioner in achieving the Department goals.
Carleton, who worked for over thirty years in the US Congress, comes to the Colorado Department of Agriculture with considerable experience in agricultural policy. As a legislative assistant and legislative director, he covered not only agricultural issues, but also energy, environment, water, and land management issues. Most recently, as Chief of Staff to then Colorado Congressman John Salazar, Carleton helped develop and guide agriculture policy, assisting with work on the House Agriculture Committee and the 2008 Farm Bill.
A resident of Fort Collins, Carleton holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston, a masters’ degree in international trade policy from the American University, and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law. In addition to his work in Congress, Carleton was also an Adjunct Professor with the School of Business at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, teaching classes on Public Policy and Administrative Law. He is a member of the Virginia bar.
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Boxed lunches from Udi’s will be served.