Press Release

HPAI Detected in Midwest, Colorado Poultry Operations Should Prepare by Increasing Biosecurity

In the first confirmed case since 2020, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana on February 8, 2022. Since then, HPAI has been detected in commercial poultry in Kentucky and backyard birds in Virginia. HPAI has also been detected in wild birds across many eastern and southeastern states as part of USDA’s routine surveillance program. There are currently no cases of HPAI in Colorado. 

CDA Hires Manager for Bureau of Animal Protection Program to Focus on Education and Prevention

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce Dr. Rebecca Niemiec as the Manager of the Bureau of Animal Protection (BAP) program. The mission of the BAP program is to prevent the neglect, mistreatment, and abuse of animals in Colorado. Dr. Niemiec is a social scientist, whose work and research have focused on the relationships between humans and animals as well as enhancing community engagement in environmental stewardship.

Try Colorado Proud’s Recipe of the Month for February: Colorado Street Spuds

You’ve had them baked, mashed, and fried, but have you ever had them street style? Potatoes are a meal time staple and their versatility, diverse flavors, and nutritional value mean they can easily become a star of any meal. Potatoes contain many essential nutrients including potassium, vitamin C, fiber, B6, iron, magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants. 

List Your Farmers Market, Roadside Stand, and More in CDA’s 2022 Farm Fresh Directory

Colorado agricultural producers are encouraged to list their business in a publication reaching more than 85,000 consumers across our state. The 2022 Colorado Farm Fresh directory, released annually in June by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, promotes Colorado farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) producers, agritourism activities, wineries, and farms and ranches that sell direct to the public. 

2022 Resolution to “Eat Well” Nurtures Fresh Choice to “Buy Local”

Every January, a resolution-driven population commits to improving their eating habits, thinking harder about food choices that are nutritiously and economically sustainable. Thanks to Colorado farmers, ranchers and producers, local-food options make it easier than ever to stick to this resolution, adding extra value to our lives well beyond the New Year timeframe. 

CDA Launches Nationwide Search for New Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has begun a nationwide candidate search to fill the position of Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture for Colorado. The Department is looking for an experienced leader to build on CDA’s mission of advancing Colorado’s agriculture and building relationships throughout our state’s agricultural communities. The new Deputy will replace Steve Silverman, who is moving on from CDA in February to teach at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.