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As circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus continue to impact people across Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is doing its part to help mitigate the spread of the virus by asking employees to telework through April 3, 2020.
This action will help accomplish two main objectives:
- Supporting social distancing, an important way to limit the spread of the virus
- Supporting employees who need to care for their children whose schools are closed
Social distancing is one of the most effective ways to “flatten the coronavirus curve,” according to public health experts. Implementing early mitigation, including social distancing practices like closing schools and canceling large events can significantly reduce the number of deaths in our communities and the strain on our hospitals and emergency services.
We are continuing operations as usual, with as many employees working at home as possible. CDA staff is committed to continuing to provide excellent service during this time, and we appreciate your understanding as we reply to inquiries as quickly as possible. Please see information below related to each of CDA’s specific divisions:
Animal Health Division will continue to offer our services as usual with minor modifications to our import permitting process. Veterinarians are encouraged to use the Online Permitting System or submit a permit request through our website. Please visit the Animal Health Webpage for permit information and a list of contact information for each program area.
All Brands Division services will continue as usual, though some Brand Office personnel in the Broomfield complex will work from home when possible. Anyone needing to do business in person with the Brand Office may wish to call the main number (303-869-9160) before coming to be sure that someone who can help them is in the office. Livestock inspections will not be affected.
All scheduled events on the State Fairgrounds with over 50 attendees have been cancelled through April 10.
We are planning and preparing for the State Fair as we normally would be at this time, six months prior to the event. All entertainment has been confirmed for the 2020 State Fair, and tickets are scheduled to go on sale June 5th. If Colorado is still operating under a State of Emergency in May, we will reassess the situation at that time.
Communications will be maintained during business hours M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm through our main phone line, 800-876-4567.
All Conservation Services Division programs are fully operational with some staff working remotely. Chemigation permit renewals will continue to be processed. Communications will be maintained during regular work hours through our main phone line, 303-869-9030.
Field program inspections are still being completed at this time. In addition, the division is accepting requests for dispute resolution services through the Colorado Agricultural Mediation Program. To make a mediation request please contact the program at 303-869-9095. Online license renewals are available. Additionally, we will accept any paper renewal application and payment through the mail. Please mail your application and payment to the main office at 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield, CO 80021.
PACFA pre-license inspections are still being completed at this time and the program is still fielding online complaints. Online licensing renewals are still being accepted and processed. PACFA paper renewals are still being accepted but to expedite the process please email or fax your application along with your credit card payment. Paper applications submitted by mail may be delayed. If submitting by mail, send your application and payment to the main office at 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield, CO 80021. Please call PACFA’s main number at 303-869-9146 for any questions about a new license application or renewing your license.
Communication will be maintained during business hours of M-F 8:00am-5:00 through our main phone line: 303-869-9090.
All testing for the general public related to regulated animal health and device calibration is fully operational at this time. Laboratory testing which supports the regulatory functions of the Conservation, Plant Industry and Inspection and Consumer Services internal divisions is fully functional but staffing levels may be impacted by the recent school closure announcements in the Denver metro area. Communications will be maintained during business hours M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm through our Main Laboratory Line 303-869-9220. Direct laboratory lines are also staffed during normal business hours at this time: Animal Health Laboratory 303-869-9230, Metrology Laboratory 303-869-9240, BioChemistry Laboratory 303-869-9250.
Size and grade inspections related to compliance with Market Order programs, as well as non-mandatory inspections and GAP/GHP audit programs, remain fully operational. Any questions should be directed to our Fruit & Vegetable Inspection Service at 719-852-4749.
International markets, wine promotion, business development, Colorado Proud, and Specialty Crop Block Grant programs are also fully operational but with some staff working remotely. Communications will be maintained throughout regular work hours. Please visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agmarkets for more details and contact information.
The division will continue providing phytosanitary inspection and certification service to customers. At this time we encourage all customers to apply online for their registrations for hemp, pesticides private applicators, pesticides products and others to help us process them faster.
In order to protect our inspection staff and our customers, we will evaluate conducting each inspection based on the potential level of exposure. However, we will prioritize and implement all of our Mission Essential Functions and Critical Business Needs. Inspections that require entering large stores and/or exposure to multiple people, including nursery dealers, pesticides market place, seed sampling, Japanese beetle records and applicator workshop monitoring, will be managed on a case-by-case basis. Most will continue as planned.
During this time, our office will have minimum on-site staff on-site and we will respond to calls as quickly as possible. Please mail your application and payment to the main office at 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield, CO 80021.
For hemp registration please contact us via email, or call 303-869-9084. For phytosanitary certification, call 303-869-9073. For pesticides registration, call 303-869-9057.