The Ultimate Guide to Agricultural Shows, Events, and Conferences in Colorado 2024

Colorado has an incredibly wide variety of agricultural events happening throughout the year. Some are huge, some are small, and some are in between.

Whether you’re looking to network with fellow farmers or agricultural experts, chat with vendors, or learn new skills and knowledge, there’s bound to be something in this guide for you to enjoy.

We’ll keep this list updated throughout the year and add or update events as soon as we learn about them, so bookmark this page to stay informed!

Know of an interesting agricultural event happening near you that isn’t on this list? Be sure to let us know!

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January 2024

Western Colorado Horticultural Society/VinCO Conference & Trade Show

What?This event is open to anyone interested in the advancement of horticulture. Speaker presentations will cover horticultural topics, and attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with fellow growers.
A trade show will also be present where vendors across several regions will be happy to answer product questions and demonstrate new resources for our area.
When?January 1 – 187.30 am – 11.15 pm
Where?Grand Junction Convention Center, 159 Main Street Grand Junction
How Much?N/A

National Western Livestock Show

What?Dubbed “the Superbowl of livestock shows” this 16-day livestock show hosts over 25 different breeds of cattle and many other livestock species. Featuring livestock exhibitors, cattle shows, specialty breed shows, animal wellness experts, plus the Stockyards Beef Festival, there’s plenty to keep all ages entertained.
When?January 6-21, 2024
How Much?Adults (12+): $17-25Kids (3-11): $4-52 and under: Free* Pricing is dependent on the day of the week

Colorado Farm Show

What?An annual three-day event with around 350 ag-related exhibits, including ag products, services, and machinery. Additionally, over 60 experts will speak during this 30,000-strong event.
When?January 23-25, 2024Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 am to 5 pmThursday: 9 am to 4 pm
Where?Weld County
How Much?Free

YF&R Leadership Conference 2024

What?Aimed at outstanding production agriculture or agribusiness youngsters aged 18-35, the conference aims to expand networking opportunities and create connections among Colorado’s young farmers.
Featuring speakers and sessions on special traditions, unique patterns of speech, and the community dynamics of farming and ranching, the conference will also focus on inspiring the next generation of farmers to lead and innovate.
When?January 26 – 27
Where?Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive, Palisade
How Much?Members: $70Collegiates: $35

Soil Health, Food, and Farm Forum

What?Aimed at those wanting to educate themselves on the future of agriculture. Featuring keynote speakers on improving and innovating farming practices and progressive ideas, the forum provides expert insights and networking opportunities.
When?January 26 – 27
Where?Montrose Pavillion, 1800 Pavilion Dr, Montrose
How Much?In-person: Sold outVirtual: $75

February 2024

Southern Rocky Mountain Agriculture Conference

What?A huge conference for agriculture industry suppliers, equipment makers, producers, and anyone involved in producing food and fiber. See and hear about the latest technologies and developments from seed to harvest, monitoring, equipment & integrated pest management.
Attend guest speaker events and equipment demonstrations, check out the newest farm drone technology, and visit trade stands for expert advice.  
When?February 6 – 87.30 am – 11.30 pm
Where?Ski Hi Complex, 2389-2499 Sherman Avenue Monte Vista
How Much?Full conference: $100.00 Spouse full conference: $60.00 Individual days: $50Spouse individual days: $30

Noxious Weed Management Conference

What?Information and advice on noxious weed management, including weed inventory mapping, targeted weed management, and education.
When?February 8, 2024,8:15 am to 4:00 pm
Where?Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main Street
How Much?$60

Mile High Farmers Annual Producers Summit

What?The Summit is designed to support independent producers and their communities, promote social and racial equity in local agriculture, and build resilient and healthy communities and farms through collaboration and knowledge exchange. 
When?February 9 – 108 am – 4 pm
Where?Convivio Cafe and Chatfield Farms, Denver
How Much?Free

Crop Planning and Record Keeping for Vegetable Farms Workshop

What?Max Kirks explains how to plan for a successful harvest and ways to establish a record-keeping protocol on your farm. You get a hands-on presentation on how to use Excel spreadsheets for financial goal setting and achievement.
The workshop is aimed specifically at growers with some crop-planning experience, but farmers at any experience level will also find it valuable.. 
When?February 159 am – 12.30 pm
Where?Colorado State University Research Center -Rogers Mesa
How Much?Free

2024 Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop

What?Aimed at Colorado’s licensed pesticide applicators, the workshop provides the opportunity to receive the continuing education units required to maintain their license with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
When?February 20 – 217 am – 12 pm
Where?Victory Life Church, 2066 U.S. 6 Fruita
How Much?Commercial applicator: $130Private Applicator: $65Technician: $65

Southwest Ag Summit

What?This three-day event equips growers with up-to-date content that applies to their present cultural and management practices. Industry experts will virtually present on irrigation management, immigration reform, fresh produce safety, crop protection, energy conservation, new cropping technology, and more.  
In addition, you get an opportunity to learn what others are doing in the industry and how to better collaborate.
When?February 20 – 22
Where?Arizona Western College and Colorado River State Historic Park
How Much?$125

Sun Soil Water Ag Summit 2024

What?A series of conferences and summits including:Propel: A Business Pitch ConversationPueblo Food Systems Leadership AwardsSun Soil Water Ag Community Led SummitMakers’ Market and Idea Fair
When?February 23 – 24
Where?Pueblo Community College, 900 West Orman Avenue Pueblo
How Much?Summit: $15Pueblo Food Systems Leadership Awards: $30 

Managing crops for healthier soils Workshop

What?An informative workshop series on different land conservation practices. This specific session will focus on how to use crops and residue management to improve soil health. Discover the principles and practices of crop rotation and cover crops, residue management, and till and no-till practices.
When?February 27 1 pm – 3.30 pm
Where?Island Grove Bunkhouse, 607 N. 15th Ave, Greeley
How Much?$15

Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference

What?A big event featuring plenty of educational sessions and keynote speakers from industry experts. Multiple networking opportunities will be available as will a large exhibitor section. You can also look forward to grower-buyer sessions from local farmers.
When?February 27 – 28
Where?10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster
How Much?Member one day: $140/$165Non-member one day: $175/$200Member two days: $195/$225Non-member two days: $235/$260

March 2024

2024 AgriSummit Conference

What?A three-day event aimed at producers, beginner producers, and landowners. Join a next-gen farmer networking event, an agritourism tour, and a full-day conference focusing on production, agritourism, and community interest topics. Make sure you don’t miss the seed swap event, at the community open house.
When?March 6 – 8
How Much?Summit: TBCCommunity open house: Suggested $5 donation

CFMA Annual Conference

What?A two-and-a-half-day event filled with farm tours, industry updates and networking sessions, training, workshops, and more. And, of course, plenty of food and drink thrown in for good measure.
When?March 8 – 10
Friday 8th: 9 am – 4:30 pmSaturday 9th: 8 am – 6 pmSunday 10th: 9 am – 12 pm
Where?Palisade Community Center – 120 West 8th Street, Palisade
How Much?TBC

Ranch and Small Acreage Emergency Planning Training

What?A four-hour course teaching you livestock emergency planning. Learn hands-on CPR, stop the bleed, and how to make an emergency plan for your livestock.
When?March 19 10 am – 2 pm
Where?Gunnison County Fairgrounds, South Spruce Street, Gunnison
How Much?Free

Four States Ag Expo

What?Come and celebrate all things agricultural. Featuring a wide variety of agricultural vendors, summit educational sessions, live demos, and a whole host of entertainment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy or learn.
When?March 22 – 23
Where?Montezuma County Fairgrounds
How Much?TBC

April 2024

Mushroom Cultivation: Two-day Workshop for Mushroom Farming

What?A two-day workshop on mushroom cultivation aimed at beginners as well as experienced farmers.
Gain hands-on experience and learn mushroom cultivation from start to finish. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to start your own mushroom farm or improve your existing cultivation practices.
When?April 27 · 8 am – April 28 · 3.30 pm
Where?2555 North State Highway 67 Sedalia
How Much?$1,200

June 2024

Annual Eagle Lake Rice Field Day

What?An evening event, including dinner and rice research updates. The agenda for 2023 covered specialty rice breeding, plant physiology, nutrient management, and insect, weed, and disease management.
There is no website for the event but you are invited to contact the David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station at 979-234-3578 or the AgriLife Extension office in Colorado County at 979-732-2082 for further information on how to attend.
When?June, 2024: Exact dates TBC
Where?Eagle Lake Community Center
How Much?Free

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention

What?The nation’s oldest Cattlemen’s Association brings this three-day event for its members. Attended by over 500 people, prepare to network with your fellow cattlemen and listen to industry experts.
When?June 24 – 26
Where?Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs
How Much?TBC

September 2024

San Luis Valley Potato Festival

What?An annual celebration for all things potato! A fun day out for farmers, families, and anyone who loves the humble potato.
When?September: Exact date TBC
Where?Monte Vista
How Much?TBC

October 2024

Sustaining Colorado Watersheds (SCW) Conference

What?Join community members, scientists, ecologists, water managers, educators, community leaders, young professionals, policymakers, and regulators to share knowledge, network, and discuss current issues facing Colorado’s watersheds.
When?October 7 – 10
Where?The Westin, Avon
How Much?TBC

Regenerative Food Investments Forum

What?A two-day event that gathers investors, capital activators, and critical stakeholders in the same space. Listen and learn from the leaders in investing and regeneration. 
Meet existing and new connections to advance your goals in giving or receiving agricultural investment and building resilient food systems.
When?October 9-10, 2024
How Much?TBC

Dates TBC

This is a list of upcoming events that we know are definitely happening but are yet to have a date confirmed. As soon as more information is released, we’ll move them to the calendar list.

Range Beef Cow Symposium

What?This bi-annual event features a range of nationally and internationally known speakers. Each delivers current and vital information on beef cattle management strategies. 
This ranges from consumer drivers of sustainability to feeder calf marketing. Expect to see discussion panels on trending issues and opportunities in the beef cattle industry and much more.
Where?The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland
How Much?(2023 prices)
Full Symposium Participant Pass (In-Person) = $115Hybrid Symposium Participant Pass (Virtual) = $115Student Symposium Pass (In-Person) = $55Additional Guest Symposium Pass (In-Person) = $75

Annual Soil Revolution Conference

What?The annual conference focuses on soil health and addressing soil issues, such as water scarcity and instability. Aimed at farmers and ranchers at all scales, this event aims to educate and improve farming conditions for all.
Where?Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder
How Much?TBC

Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Produce Labor Conference 2024

What?A day focusing on industry updates, opportunities, information, and advice on agricultural produce labor. A small exhibitor section will also be present.
Where?Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St
How Much?(2023 prices)
Members: $50Non-members: $70

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