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Our Vision

Our vision is that Colorado agriculture be strong and vibrant, a key driver of the state’s economy, and recognized worldwide for its safe and abundant supply of high-quality food and agriculture products.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture; promote a safe and high-quality food supply; protect consumers; and foster responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources.

Press Releases

October 19, 2021
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking applications for volunteers to serve on its Soil Health Program Advisory Committee to advise the Department and the Commissioner on matters regarding the newly formed Soil Health Program (HB 21-1181).
October 13, 2021
The Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office has given approval for Colorado licensed veterinarians to procure and administer Medgene Labs Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV2) vaccine under emergency use authorization. 
October 8, 2021
To strengthen local food systems and create greater supply chain resilience, the Colorado Department of Agriculture will distribute grant funding to be used for agricultural processing projects.

Blog Posts

October 6, 2021
If you’ve noticed a sudden increase in hornets near where you live, you may wonder whether any of these are part of the Vespa mandarinia species of Asian Giant Hornets. These hornets have recently garnered a lot of attention in the media, resulting in increased reports of potential sightings coming in from across Colorado.
September 17, 2021
Energy is essential to agriculture, from the fuel needed to operate machinery to the electricity necessary to heat or cool livestoc
September 15, 2021
The Colorado Department of Agriculture will hold listening sessions to gather public and stakeholder input on the rules governing the Loan Program. The Colorado Agricultural Future Loan Program comes as the result of SB 21-248, which appropriated up to $30 million for low interest loans and farm-to-market infrastructure loans and grants.

Ag Stimulus Updates

Colorado Proud Marketing and Technical Assistance grant program is now accepting applications. Learn more here. The deadline is November 1, 2021. 

ACRE3 program is now accepting applications on a rolling basis. Application link is listed on the Agricultural Efficiency page

Farm-to-Market Infrastructure Grant Program is now accepting applications. Application information can be found here. Those applications received by November 30, 2021 will be reviewed for Award Period #1 and those received by February 28, 2022 will be reviewed as part of Award Period #2. For each award period, $1 million will be available for grants, with up to $2 million to be awarded by June 30, 2022.


More information about Colorado's Agricultural Stimulus can be found on the Ag Stimulus page.



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