Paul Schlagel

Owner, Schlagel Farms

Paul Schlagel grew up on his family’s farm in Longmont, Colorado. His family moved to the east side of Longmont in the mid 1960’s and this farm is where Paul lives and farms to date with his wife, Vicki and son, Scott and his family. Paul is a fourth-generation farmer and his son; Scott is a fifth-generation farmer. Paul’s family has produced sugarbeets in Colorado for over 100 years. He currently farms 1500 irrigated acres in Western Weld County and Eastern Boulder County. Paul’s primary crops consist of sugarbeets, malt barley, corn and alfalfa. Paul is passionate about the move of farming to a more eco-friendly process by using less herbicides and reduced tillage. Paul is truly an innovator when it comes to conservation, by developing some of his own equipment to improve his crop and residue management. He often designs and builds his own irrigation structures to manage our most precious resource here on the Front Range, our water. Along with the farm, Paul has started a grain supply business supplying a variety of locally grown grains for distilleries located in northern Colorado. Paul also formed a small trucking company several years ago mainly transporting grain for the MillerCoors Company. Paul has been involved and continues to be involved in many agricultural related organizations. Paul serves on the national board of American Sugarbeet Growers and serves as Chairman of the Biotech Committee, as well as local boards of: Agfinity, Colorado Sugarbeet Growers, Colorado Ag Council, FAIR (Farmers Alliance for Integrated Resources) and several ditch company boards. 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 and in 2019 was nominated for Who’s Who in Colorado Agriculture.

Paul is speaking at

October 10, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


  • Chris Clayton (Tour Leader) Ag Policy Editor, DTN/The Progressive Farmer
  • Esther Honig (Tour Leader) Reporter, KUNC
  • Collin Cannon (Speaker) Immigrant & Refugee Center of Northern Colorado
  • Armando Elenes (Speaker) Secretary Treasurer, United Farm Workers of America
  • Frank Garry (Speaker) Professor of Clinical Sciences, Veterinarian and Livestock Health Extension Specialist, Colorado State University
  • Paul Schlagel (Speaker) Owner, Schlagel Farms
  • Jon Slutsky (Speaker) Owner, La Luna Dairy


(8:00 a.m. departure, $45 fee, lunch included)

This tour is full. If you wish to be put on the waiting list, contact Kevin Beaty.

The Colorado Front Range was once known as “The Great American Desert,” but railroads and irrigation altered the landscape. Sugar beets, beef cattle and dairy products are three of the mainstays in northern Colorado farms as advancements in technology have drastically altered how each of them is produced. We’ll start the day visiting a sugar beet farm at harvest and end at a family dairy operation that has grown to more than 1,500 cows. Over lunch in Greeley we’ll hear from the workers who labor in these industries and see firsthand how communities of immigrants and refugees are reviving the surrounding rural economies. After lunch we’ll visit the Five Rivers Cattle Co., considered the world’s largest cattle-feeding company, which runs a 98,000-capacity operation just outside Kersey. Feedlots are often criticized for air and water quality problems from having so many livestock concentrated together. However, the cattle industry is increasingly focused on its environmental footprint and argues that improvements have led to a smaller environmental impact. Total drive time: 4 hours. A good option for those with limited mobility.

Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. All Thursday tours will return to the Lory Student Center at about 5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Please meet your tour leaders near the SEJ registration desk on the third floor of the Lory Student Center at the listed departure time to check-in for your tour. Eat breakfast at your hotel before arrival or plan to purchase breakfast at the Lory Student Center food court, which opens at 7:00 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be provided for tours that depart before the food court opens. Each tour will leave the ballroom as a group to board buses at a nearby location. Do not be late.

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