soil health

First Regional Colorado STAR Soil Health Event To Be Held in San Luis Valley

The Colorado Department of Agriculture, Acres U.S.A., and the Mosca-Hooper Conservation District will host the first in a series of Colorado Soil Health regional events in the San Luis Valley on Saturday, August 13. This free event is part of the Colorado STAR Program and will include farm tours, educational presentations, guest speakers, and a keynote address from Jimmy Emmons, a soil health champion and producer from Oklahoma. The event is free, however registration is required at


Conservation Excellence Award Winners Recognized for Work on East Troublesome Fire Recovery and Soil Health Initiatives

Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Award for Conservation Excellence, which recognizes individuals in Conservation Districts who have demonstrated excellence and leadership for Colorado’s conservation community. This year’s honorees are Katlin Miller from the Middle Park Conservation District and Patrick O’Neill from the Mosca-Hooper Conservation District.

CDA Secures Additional $3.4 Million in Grants To Help Producers, Conservation Districts Employ Climate-Smart Soil Health Practices

To advance voluntary stewardship of working lands through the adoption of soil health practices, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce it has secured more than $3.4M in additional grant funding to support the voluntary Saving Tomorrow’s Agricultural Resources (STAR) program. 

CDA Now Accepting Applications to Distribute $2M in State Stimulus Funding for Soil Health

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications to distribute Colorado Comeback stimulus funds to conservation districts and other eligible entities. 

The funding comes from Senate Bill 21-235, which appropriated $2 million to the Colorado Department of Agriculture to administer voluntary soil health programs. By statute, $1 million of those funds will go directly to conservation districts. Applications are open until September 15, 2021.