Press Release

Mule Diagnosed with Rabies in Eagle County

The Colorado Departments of Agriculture and Public Health and Environment have confirmed that a mule residing in Eagle County recently tested positive for bat variant rabies.  This is the first case of rabies in domestic livestock in Colorado this year and the first case of rabies in an equine in Colorado since 2013.  

The spillover of bat variant rabies into domestic animals and wildlife is less common than skunk variant rabies in Colorado but is still possible. 

Fall in Love with Colorado Apples

This February, we are falling in love with the Colorado apples. Apples rank among the top three fruits produced around the world. They are easy to store and transport, and as a result, are typically available year-round in the U.S.  Apples are rich in quercetin and pectin, both of which are credited for supplying apples with their health benefits. 

Ag Department Seeks Listings for 2021 Farm Fresh Directory

Colorado agricultural producers are encouraged to be part of the 2021 Farm Fresh Directory, published annually by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The directory, which will be released in June, promotes Colorado farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) producers, agritourism activities, wineries, and farms and ranches that sell direct to the public.

Planning for Colorado Hemp Center of Excellence Underway

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has awarded the contract for development of a strategic plan for a state Hemp Center of Excellence to MPG Consulting. The selection was based on the recommendation of an independent review committee, which included a member of the Colorado Agriculture Commission, a member of the Hemp Advisory Committee, and other leaders and experts in Colorado agriculture and purchasing. The strategic plan will be completed by July 2021.

Colorado Farmers, Ranchers and Processors Awarded More Than $1.6 Million in CARES Act Grant Funding

December 29, 2020

Broomfield, Colo. - The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with the Colorado Farm & Food Systems Respond & Rebuild Fund, is pleased to announce the awarding of $1,658,000 in grants to Colorado farmers, ranchers, food hubs and processors.

Celebrate the Season with Colorado Prime Rib

December 22, 2020
Contact: Danielle Trotta, 970-372-9351,
Broomfield, Colo. - Prime rib roast is one of the most desirable cuts of beef, and a classic feature of many holiday meal celebrations every year. In addition to adding a festive flair to any holiday table, prime rib and other cuts of beef are a good source of essential nutrients including protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins.

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Statement on Pandemic Relief Package

Broomfield, Colo. - Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg provided the following statement following the passage of the new federal omnibus spending bill:

“The prioritization of agriculture, food security and rural communities in the new federal government stimulus package underscores how essential agriculture is to Colorado and the nation,” said Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture.