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operates a large irrigated cow-calf and feeder cattle operation in northeast Colorado and led the charge to stop a water policy that would have severely curtailed
agriculture in the region.
with his wife, Kelli, Joe is an exemplary producer, focused on using technology
and innovation to become the most efficient producer he can. They follow
exacting business practices learned at the many financial and production
management seminars they’ve attended, seeking each year to improve their
knowledge and their operation. Through such discipline, when their crops are
harvested, they know exactly what it cost to produce each bushel; when their
calves are weaned, they can tell you exactly what it cost to produce that calf.
Such information is essential to developing a sound marketing plan as well as
planning for the next production cycle. He is quick to share his knowledge with
other producers, helping them to improve their own operations.
inspiration is to communicate and teach young farmers the industry of
agriculture,” says Joe. “I appreciate working with people and sharing what I
have experienced. I enjoy starting new projects whether farm, business or
4,000 irrigation wells in eastern and northeastern Colorado were in imminent danger
of being shut down due to the Republican River Water Basin compact with Kansas,
Joe formed and
led the Colorado Agricultural Preservation Association (CAPA) with funding
from area farmers and ranchers. CAPA hired water experts and developed an alternate solution to shutting down the irrigation wells, essential for
agricultural production in the area: the Republican River Compact Compliance
Pipeline. Through his leadership of CAPA, Joe has also been leading the effort
along with the Republican River Water Conservation District to reduce
irrigation water consumption.
like to challenge the younger generation in achieving improvements of
efficiencies in water and productivity,” he says. “Agriculture is at a time of
historic change. We are looking at a technology explosion, and this is a time
of networking and partnerships to create working environments.”
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