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Join us in Black Hawk for the 2024 Annual Meeting!

Monday, July 15 - Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Monarch Casino Resort and Spa, Black Hawk, Colorado


This summer, join Colorado Livestock Association members in the charming town of Black Hawk, where the sophistication of premier casinos found in Las Vegas meets the breathtaking beauty and cool crisp air of the Rocky Mountains.

Engage in informative speaker sessions, productive member business meetings, and networking opportunities with key industry leaders at the CLA Annual Meeting.

Roll the dice and join in on all of the excitement this new venue has to offer at this year's 2024 Annual Meeting at Monarch.

Hotel Details

Discounted Rate: $149.00/night **taxes and fees apply, see below.

Deadline: June 28, 2024 at 5:00 pm


Monarch Casino Resort and Spa, 488 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Book a room online or call 303.582.1000 or toll-free 800.723.6500 and mention Colorado Livestock Association for the discounted rate of $149.00, plus a $29.00 resort fee*, per room, per night, plus tax. The discounted room rate will be  honored July 14 – July 18 for family vacation plans, as available.



Early-Bird Registration Deadline: July 8, 2024

Early-Bird Registration Rates

Full Registration – $135

Single Day - Monday, July 15 – $50

Single Day - Tuesday, July 16 – $85


Late Registration Rates – After July 8, 2024

Full Registration – $175

Single Day - Monday, July 15 – $75

Single Day - Tuesday, July 16 – $100

For more info, contact (970) 378-0500 or

Sponsors: Please use your personal complimentary code (coming soon) when registering!

A Top Colorado Destination

Black Hawk is one of Colorado’s most historic and well-known casino gaming cities. Beautiful scenery, luxury accommodations, and great gaming options make it the perfect getaway, whether you’re coming from Denver or beyond.

Black Hawk and the surrounding area also have activities and events for the kids. Check out some of these suggestions to ensure your entire family is entertained when you visit.


Monday, July 15, 2024

12:00 – 7:00  Registration Open
12:00 – 1:30  Board of Directors Meeting

1:30 – 2:00     Species Council Meeting

2:00 – 4:45     Breakout Sessions

2:00 – 2:45 Session A

2:45 – 3:00    Milk and Cookie Break

3:00 – 4:00    Industry Partner Council Meeting

4:00 – 4:45 Session B

3:15 – 5:30    Board & Leadership Headshots

5:30 – 6:30   IPC Table Talk Hosted Happy Hour

6:30 – 9:00   Colorado’s Finest Celebration

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

6:30 – 8:00      Grab & Go Breakfast

8:00 – 10:30    General Session

10:45 – 11:00  Break

11:00 – 11:45  Keynote Speaker

12:00 – 1:30    Past President’s Luncheon

2:00 – 2:30      Ice Cream Social and Send-off

Rachel Gabel

Keynote Speaker


On Shoulders of Giants: The Telling of the Feeding Industry's Stories

Rachel Gabel, Agriculture Journalist, and Author

Tuesday, July 16 at 11:00 AM

Rachel Gabel is a daughter of Colorado's oil and gas industry and a member of the state's 12,000 cattle-raising families. Based in northeastern Colorado on her family's cow-calf operation, she writes exclusively about agriculture and primarily about the protein production sector. She is the rural issues and agriculture columnist for Colorado Politics and the Denver and Colorado Springs Gazettes, a farm broadcaster on Western Ag Network, and the assistant editor of The Fence Post Magazine. She is the author of seven books, including four utilized by Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom to teach young students about the nation's most important industry.

Breakout Speakers

Monday, July 15 at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm Crystal III & IV

BEN LAINE, Senior Dairy Analyst, Terrain Ag: A Service of American Ag Credit

Ben Laine is Terrain’s senior dairy analyst. His previous experience includes work as a dairy analyst for Rabobank, a senior economist covering the dairy industry at CoBank, and a commodity hedging manager and economist at Agri-Mark dairy farmer cooperative. While at Agri-Mark, he developed a tool for dairy producers to manage their milk price risk.

Ben has also developed trading and risk management programs for commercial dairy commodity businesses, produced price forecasts and provided economic outlooks. His research has spanned the dairy supply chain, consumer trends, methane reduction and export markets. Ben earned his MS in resource economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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DAVE WEABER, Animal Protein Analyst, Terrain Ag: A Service of American Ag Credit

Dave Weaber is Terrain’s senior animal protein analyst. Dave’s career analyzing the animal and meat production business has spanned many sectors of the meat supply chain, from primary production, slaughter and processing to the retail grocery and food service sectors. His career’s work has covered the beef, pork and poultry industries.

Dave has experience translating broad market and supply chain trends into actionable strategy for cow-calf and other cattle producers. He has served as a trustee of the Colorado 4-H Youth Fund and on the National Pork Board Retail Advisory Committee. Dave earned his BS and MS in animal science and ruminant nutrition from Colorado State University.

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PAUL BLEIBERG, Executive Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation

Paul Bleiberg currently serves as Executive Vice President, Government Relations at the National Milk Producers Federation. In this capacity, he leads the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts before Congress and works closely with various federal agencies. During his tenure at NMPF, Bleiberg has worked with the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to enact major dairy policy reforms, including in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, 2018 Farm Bill, and multiple COVID response packages.
Prior to joining NMPF in 2016, Bleiberg served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for former Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI), a member of the House Agriculture and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees, during work on the 2014 Farm Bill and the 2012 and 2015 highway bills. Bleiberg is an Upstate New York native and currently resides in Washington, DC.

ETHAN LANE, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Ethan Lane is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Ethan is a 5th generation Arizonan with more than 20 years of experience in natural resources, land use issues, and advocacy on behalf of the cattle industry. Prior to his role as the Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan was the Executive Director for the Public Lands Council and Senior Executive Director of the NCBA Federal Lands portfolio. Before joining PLC and NCBA, Ethan operated a consulting firm where he worked on multiple high profile political campaigns and advised a variety of private companies and industries on regulatory and legislative issues impacting their businesses.
Prior to moving to Washington, Ethan spent ten years helping to grow and manage a large real estate and ranch portfolio Arizona. His diverse background gives him a unique perspective on the challenges producers face on a daily basis.

TREY FORSYTH, Senate Minority Office, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Bio coming soon!



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