Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region


The 7-member Colorado State Steering Committee is a key connector between Colorado’s small- to mid-sized food and farm businesses and the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Food Business Center. Members of this committee reach into communities around the state and help provide information, technical assistance, and financial resources to support, grow and ensure sustainable business outcomes for food business entrepreneurs engaged in local and regional food systems. The Colorado state team is co-led by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University.

The Steering Committee is comprised of members that correspond to the four NW and Rocky Mountain Regional Food Business Development Center thematic food system stakeholder groups – infrastructure investment, animal protein, climate smart agriculture supply chains and food entrepreneurship – and the two co-lead state partners – Colorado State University and Colorado Department of Agriculture. All State Steering Committee members represent key stakeholders and sectors, underserved communities, and experts in key subject matters of relevance to our state and the project.

Colorado Leads

Libby Christensen

Colorado State University

Brian Coppom

Colorado Department of Agriculture

Our Team

Luke Larson

Centennial Cuts

Emily Lockard

CSU Extension

Monique Marez

Eptimizo LLC

Audrey Paugh

Colorado Grain Chain

Meredith Rose

Rose West

Janie VanWinkle

VanWinkle Ranch
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