Press Release

Up to $2.5 Million Available in First Round of Small Food Business Recovery and Resilience Grants

Small food retailers and small family farmers will soon be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to expand access to healthy food in low income and underserved areas of the state. The Small Food Business Recovery & Resilience Grant, offered by the Community Food Access program at the Colorado Department of Agriculture, will start accepting applications tomorrow.

Colorado Potato Salad: Colorado Proud Recipe of the Month for September 

Colorado is good at growing potatoes, whether it’s in the San Luis Valley, Eastern Plains, or even on the Front Range! Perhaps the most well known potatoes come from the San Luis Valley, which is home to many potato farming families who grow more than 70 varieties of potatoes. With plenty of sunshine and higher elevations, the valley’s mild growing conditions are ideal for potatoes. They even celebrate the potato with its very own festival!

More Than $470,000 raised to Benefit Colorado Youth during Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Auction

The 2023 Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale held today at the Colorado State Fair raised more than $470,350 in the auction of 108 animals raised and shown by young people from across Colorado. The 2023 Grand Champion Market Beef, raised by Hadli Gabel of Weld County, was sold for $50,000 at today’s event and was purchased by the Sam Brown family.

Stoke Pizza Wins Golden Plate Award at the 2023 Governor’s Plate Competition

From the six food trucks competing in the third annual Governor’s Plate competition at the Colorado State Fair, Stoke Pizza received the Golden Plate award for their wood-fired chorizo, elote, and green chile pizza. Papa Mario’s Grilled Cheese was chosen as the People’s Choice winner for a third year in a row for their Tiff Special roast beef sandwich. 

Governor Jared Polis sampled all dishes to award the Golden Plate and event attendees voted on their favorites during the event.

New Blockchain Educational Videos Showcase Ag Applications of the Growing Technology

Blockchain is an emerging technology that has seen increased use across the agricultural supply chain, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture is sharing a series of educational videos to address general questions and concerns about blockchain technology. Funded through House Bill 22-1053, the four videos are helping explain how blockchain can help agricultural businesses across the world create efficiencies and increase profit. 

CDA’s Markets Division Searching for New Director

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is searching for a Director of the Markets Division. This position provides the operational and strategic management of the Markets Division, providing high-level direction for all Division programs and initiatives, including numerous grant and loan programs, marketing and promotion of Colorado producers and products, fruit and vegetable inspections, and more. 

Tom Lipetzky, the current Director of CDA’s Markets Division, is retiring at the end of September after more than a 38 year career, with 17 of those years at CDA.