Press Release

New NextGen Scholarship To Fund Youth Leader Attendance at Western Ag Conference

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is introducing a new leadership opportunity for young leaders interested in agriculture and natural resources in the West. In partnership with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), CDA is launching the inaugural 2023 WASDA NextGen Scholarship Fund. Scholarship recipients will travel to Denver, attend the annual Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture (WASDA) conference. 

Hemp Committee Seeks Nominations to Fill Four Seats

The Hemp Advisory Committee (HAC) at the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking nominations to fill four seats representing various sectors of the hemp industry. The HAC advises the Commissioner of Agriculture by reviewing proposed rules and recommending new rules or changes to existing rules, including rules that establish CDA’s inspection program to determine THC concentration. 

Bake and Take Pork Empanadas - Colorado Proud's May Recipe of the Month

We love handheld treats and these empanadas fit the bill nicely, especially when there is a delicious salsa crema to dip. Pork is a lean, nutritious source of protein, making it the perfect contribution to a power snack. This is also a great way to use up any extra pulled pork from your latest big gathering or family dinner. Easy to assemble and fun to take anywhere, empanadas are perfect for crushing hunger while meeting up with friends at the local park or hiking your first fourteener.

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.