Press Release

Members Needed for New Grant Advisory Committee Distributing Funding to Improve Healthy Food Access Across Colorado

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is recruiting members to form the Small Food Business Recovery and Resilience Grant Advisory Committee. The Grant Advisory Committee will help develop grant materials, qualifying criteria, and assist in the award process of approximately $6 million in non-competitive grants to improve availability of local, fresh food in areas of Colorado that lack access currently. 

$2.5 Million Available for Organizations to Implement Soil Health Program

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is now accepting applications from Colorado’s conservation districts and other eligible entities interested in administering STAR Plus grant funding to agricultural producers who expand or introduce soil health practices in their operations. Improving soil health, a key component of responding to the effects of climate change in agricultural landscapes, can improve available soil moisture, reduce agricultural runoff, decrease erosion, and support more productive, nutritious crops.

Stay Warm with Colorado Goulash - Colorado Proud's February Recipe of the Month

Winter is in full swing and though welcome, the brisk temperatures and frequent snowstorms are making us feel a little chilled. Not to worry,  CDA’s Colorado Proud has you covered to keep you warm with this classic. We present to you, “Hearty Colorado Goulash.” This comforting and easy one pot meal is a medley of carbs, protein, fats and fiber that will feed you for days.

$700K in Specialty Crop Block Grants available for Colorado Producers

Producers who grow specialty crops can submit their applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). CDA is accepting applications for the grant program in the form of a concept proposal through February 24, 2023.

Four Behavioral Health Projects Serving Rural Colorado Funded by $200,000 in Competitive CDA Grants

The Colorado Agricultural Commission has approved funding for four projects through the new Rural Mental Health Grant Program. The Colorado Department of Agriculture will distribute nearly $200,000 in funding to improve how mental and behavioral health services are delivered across Colorado’s rural communities.

List your Farm Stand, U-Pick, CSA and more in CDA’s 2023 Farm Fresh Directory

Colorado agricultural producers are encouraged to submit their listings for the 2023 Farm Fresh Directory, published annually by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The directory, which will be released in June, promotes Colorado farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) producers, agritourism activities, wineries, and farms and ranches that sell directly to the public.

Public Attitudes Survey Shows Near Unanimous Support for Colorado Agriculture

Nearly all Coloradans want to support our state’s agricultural industry, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and Colorado State University (CSU). The survey shows 98 percent of respondents agreed that Colorado's food and ag industry is important to the state's future economic development; that the presence of ranches, farms, and agriculture is important to the quality of life in Colorado; and that it is important to maintain land and water in Colorado for agricultural purposes.