Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture appeared at the Wednesday monthly meeting of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District. She heard a report on Reservoir Quality from LAVWCD Engineer Mike Weber and a report on Rule 10 and relations of Colorado with Kansas from Engineer Jack Goble.

She was interested in learning “what works in your area - on your land.”

Some current projects of her office include dissemination of the Colorado Proud label and integrating local food into the State Fair.

Concerns are integrating hemp as a new industry with a whole other set of variables, the stewardship of water (quality and quantity) and advancing soil health statewide. She sees the problems arising with the climate question and said there is a lot brewing on renewable energy.

The question of how to get more young farmers in the field and how to keep farm families on their farms concerns her, as does the mental health of farmers, who have a higher than average suicide rate and are under a lot of pressure. She sees the crisis hotline as a source of support.

Director Reeves Brown asked her about farm labor. Greenberg said it is being regulated on a federal level. The state is hoping to come out with a policy statement in April.

She is pleased with the expansion of the Broomfield office to include all animal husbandry information at one location.

The Board went into executive session following lunch with the commissioner and other guests.

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