Agricultural Workforce Development Program

The Agricultural Workforce Development Program (AWDP) provides financial incentives to farms, ranches, and agricultural businesses to hire interns and provide them with hands-on training needed to begin a career in agriculture. Qualified businesses may be reimbursed for up to 50 percent of the actual cost of hiring an intern, not to exceed $5,000 per internship.

The AWDP is the result of legislation introduced during the 2018 session of the Colorado General Assembly by the Young and Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee. In its first two years alone, the AWDP has supported 35 internships at 18 different Colorado agricultural businesses.

How to Apply:

Business applications are currently closed and will open up in late 2022. 

Intern applications are now open! 

Individuals interested in participating in the AWDP as an intern should contact the business hosting the internship first and go through their hiring process. Once an applicant has secured a position with a participating business, they will need to complete this form.

Intern applications will be reviewed to determine eligibility, and approval will be contingent on available funding. The agricultural business hosting the internship will be responsible for all communications with the intern. 

Current AWDP Internship Opportunities


Contact Us

(303) 869-9170

Additional Information

2022 AWDP Internship Opportunities

Agricultural Workforce Development Program Rules

Innovative Industries Internship Program (CDLE)

Labor Standards and Statistics (Minimum Wage, Youth Labor Laws, Etc.)

Senate Bill 18-042

Worker’s Compensation

Program Flyer

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Materials

Budget Breakdown Sample

Job Description Sample

Post-Internship Documents

Business Evaluation (coming soon)

Intern Evaluation (coming soon)

Reimbursement Form (coming soon)