Press Release

Colorado continues to fight climate change with a series of newly signed laws

Several state agencies will implement policies to slash greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, protect our natural and agricultural lands, and make the state more resilient 

Governor Polis recently signed into law a series of bills passed by the Colorado legislature that build on the state’s commitment to an equitable transition to a low-carbon economy through robust policies and targeted funding. 

We All Scream for Strawberry Ice Cream - Colorado Proud's June Recipe of the Month

June is National Dairy Month, honoring one of Colorado’s most important agricultural commodities. What better way to celebrate than with some ice cream, just in time to warmer weather! Let’s not forget the other star of this recipe - strawberries! With farmers markets starting back up or the opportunity to stop by a u-pick farm or fruit stand, it’s easy and fun when you choose fresh Colorado strawberries. Don’t know where the best berries are available in your area?

Annual Agricultural Pest Survey Now Underway

The Colorado Agricultural Pest Survey Team has begun their annual season of monitoring for pests via insect trapping and visual survey. Coloradans can expect to see some insect traps around their local parks, forests and campgrounds, and should leave the traps in their place. 

Soil Health Advisory Committee Selects Local Partners to Support Soil Conservation

The Colorado STAR soil health program is expanding to an estimated 300 producers, with the addition of 21 Conservation Districts and 7 eligible entities to the list of STAR Plus administrating entities. Funding for this expansion comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Climate Smart Commodities (CSC) grant, which invested $3.1 billion in 141 projects across the country. CDA was the only state department of agriculture to be selected as a project lead on a CSC grant. 

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.