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Press Release

Historic Investment in Agriculture, CDA Approved in State Budget

Today, Governor Polis signed the Long Bill, sponsored by the Joint Budget Committee, which commits significant investments into programs and staff supporting agriculture across Colorado.

The state budget for Fiscal Year 2024/2025 includes a 13 percent increase in funding to the Department of Agriculture, to build out and add support to existing programs that are working to improve the agricultural industry in our state. Funding included in the Long Bill will support farmer-driven conservation efforts, emergency preparedness, renewable energy adaptation, and more.

Two New Regional Assistant Commissioners to Join CDA

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has hired two new Regional Assistant Commissioners to help strengthen the agency’s connection to agricultural communities across the state. These positions were created last year and serve as a key resource to continue building and maintaining trusted relationships with rural communities and ag producers across the state.

Information Update on Range Riders, Budget Proposals to State Legislature to Assist Ranchers, Livestock Owners

Range riders are boots-on-the-ground support to livestock producers to help protect herds from wolves

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the Department of Agriculture (CDA) provided information today on range riders and budget proposals to the state legislature to assist ranchers and livestock owners. CDA and CPW are working on a plan to get on-the-ground assistance within the next two weeks with range riders.

Competitive Grant Application Period Now Open for Agricultural Leadership Development

Applications are now accepted for the 2024 round of the NextGen Ag Leadership Grants, which provides funding to programs that support the next generation in agriculture through scholarships, career development, and other training opportunities. Grant funding is available to agricultural organizations and educational institutions that support leadership opportunities for people going into the broad and diverse agricultural industry.