2017 Boulder County Ag Forum – February 8, 2017
Plaza Conference Center
1850 Industrial Cir
Registration opens January 1, 2017 by invitation
“BC Ag Then and Now: Explorations in Poetry and Weather”
Join us for a night of reflection. Hear stories of Boulder County agriculture from Zeb Dennis, cowboy poet, and through stories of weather from state climatologist, Nolan Doesken.
About the 2017 Boulder County Ag Forum
The Boulder County Agriculture Forum is an educational, networking, and community building event that fosters community development for the success of all sectors in Boulder County agriculture while respecting the diverse needs of all producers.
|5:00 – 6:00||Social Hour||Cash bar and snacks with live music from The Stanleytones|
|6:00 – 7:00||Dinner|
|7:00 – 8:00||Program|
|8:00 – 9:00||Door Prizes and Social||Live music from The Stanleytones|
Our evening program will feature Zeb Dennis, cowboy poet, and Nolan Doesken, State Climatologist. Zeb will share poems related to agriculture in Boulder County and Nolan will engage you with a “Weather Quiz Show”, featuring content with Boulder County weather.
The Stanleytones will play before dinner and after the program.
Zeb Dennis feeds his horses at his Longmont pasture. Dennis, who calls himself a cowboy poet, realized his childhood dream in 1993 when he left his job at IBM for the ranch life. ‘You know, folks, whether you’ve cowboyed or ridden a horse at all, you just sit back and relax like we were around a campfire,” Dennis said. Nineteenth century buckaroos first spun their yarns around that circle of light and heat to entertain and often teach a lesson. The lifestyle’s harshest realities — say, throwing hay during subzero cold snaps to mercy killing sick or injured animals — typically feed the most romantic cowboy verse.
Nolan Doesken is the State Climatologist for Colorado at the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University. After obtaining degrees from the Univ. of Michigan and Univ. of Illinois in the 1970s, Nolan began his work as a climatologist at CSU in 1977 and was appointed State Climatologist in 2006. He is fascinated with climate monitoring and long-term climate trends, but pays particularly close attention to precipitation including floods and drought. Nolan presented at the 2014 BC Ag Forum explaining how and why the flooding occurred.