Press Release

Nearly 100 Dogs Surrendered in Weld County Animal Hoarding Case

Last week, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA) program partnered with Weld County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control to remove 95 dogs from a residence in Weld County. In line with PACFA’s statutory authority, CDA has issued a cease and desist order to the animal owners in this case for operating an animal shelter or sanctuary at their residence without a valid license.

Colorado Nonprofits Encouraged to Submit Proposals to Promote and Support CDA’s Community Food Access Program

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is soliciting proposals from non-profit organizations with established community connections in areas of Colorado that lack access to fresh, healthy food. The Request For Proposals is asking organizations to present a plan on how to conduct regional outreach on behalf of CDA’s new Community Food Access program. These nonprofit contractors will be tasked with promoting opportunities for small food retailers and small family farms offered through the Community Food Access program and provide technical assistance to grant applicants. 

Bureau of Animal Protection Seeking New Program Manager

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking a new program manager to lead the Bureau of Animal Protection (BAP), which is dedicated to addressing the neglect, mistreatment, and abuse of animals in Colorado. The Department is searching to hire a replacement as current Program Manager, Dr. Rebecca Niemiec, transitions to a new role with Colorado State University. 

Community Food Access Program Seats Inaugural Grant Advisory Committee Members

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg has approved the selection of six inaugural members to serve on the Community Food Access Grant Advisory Committee that will help establish rules on how to disburse approximately $6 million in grants to lower prices for and increase access to healthy food in underserved areas of the state by supporting small food retailers and small family farms.

Professional or Hobby, Winemakers and Brewers Encouraged to Enter Colorado State Fair Contest

Calling all hobby winemakers, homebrewers, craft breweries and wineries to throw down the goblet for the Colorado State fair beer and wine competitions!

The Colorado State Fair is now accepting submissions in four categories: commercial wine, hobby wine, craft beer, and homebrew. Anyone 21 years of age and older can enter. 

NextGen Grant Program Funding Ag Leadership Opportunities Accepting Applications

The NextGen Leadership Grant Program, which supports the next generation in agriculture through scholarships, career development, and other leadership training opportunities, is now taking applications from agricultural organizations and educational institutions that support developmental and training opportunities for people going into the broad and diverse food and agricultural industry. The competitive grants will fund up to $25,000 per project with $120,000 in total funding available.