Thursday, September 11, 2014

Proposition 105 Final - Healthy Democracy |Expert Panel 3 Panelists and Bios

Proposition 105 Final - Healthy Democracy | Healthy Democracy:


Alan Lewis

Mr. Lewis directs Government Affairs and Food and Agriculture Policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 60-year-old health food chain operating over 85 stores in fifteen western states. He is active in many trade organizations and sits on the Boulder County Food and Agriculture Policy Council. His focus is on communicating with local and federal policy makers using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive. He has lived for extended periods in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed a keen appreciation for the variables of agriculture production and food systems within different geographic, cultural and economic contexts.

Mike Callicrate

Mike Callicrate is an independent cattle producer and business entrepreneur. He serves as an outspoken leader in addressing the rural, social and cultural impacts of current economic trends. A native of Evergreen, Colorado, he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Colorado State University and began farming and ranching. Since the mid-1990s, Mike has been actively involved in social and political efforts to improve the welfare of family farms and to restore effective publicly-regulated markets. He was a founding member of several farm advocacy groups including the Organization for Competitive Markets, R-CALF and the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association.In recognition of his efforts, he has received the first ever Legacy Award from the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association; and the Carl L. King Distinguished Service Award from the American Corn Growers Association. Mike has been an advisor for the films Food Inc. and FRESH, and is cited in several books including The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation.


Paul Schlagel

Paul Schlagel is a third generation Colorado farmer, growing up on his family’s farm in Longmont, Colorado. Paul’s family has produced sugar beets in Colorado for over 100 years. Paul has been farming the east side of Longmont since the mid-1960’s, currently farming with his wife and son. Paul’s primary crops consist of sugar beets, malt barley, corn and alfalfa. Paul is passionate about the move of farming to a more eco-friendly process by using less herbicides and more soil and water conservation techniques. Paul serves on the national board of American Sugarbeet Growers, as well as local boards of Colorado Sugarbeet Growers, Left Hand Water District, and FAIR (Farmers Alliance for Integrated Resources). Paul has also been a member of Colorado Farm Bureau since the mid 1970’s. In 2005, Paul received the recognition of Cooperator of the Year by NRCS.

Holli Riebel

Holli Riebel is currently the COO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. She was also the president and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association from 2010-2012. Holli has worked in economic development for over 22 years, including as Vice President of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation from 2003 thru 2010. Holli also led the creation of the National Climate and Prosperity Project with the City and County of Denver.

Before working at the Metro Denver EDC, she was Vice President of the Jefferson Economic Council for seven years, a countywide economic development organization. She worked under Governor Roy Romer as the Front Range Business Development Representative for the Colorado Office of Economic Development.Holli received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Colorado. She was awarded the Economic Developer of the Year by the Economic Development Council of Colorado in 2008.

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