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.
Business applications are NOW OPEN!
Please submit your application through the form below. Business applications will go through a competitive review process, and approval will be contingent on available funding.
Priority consideration will be given to business applications received between January 3, 2023 and February 10, 2023.
If you submit an application by February 10, 2023, you will be notified of whether or not your internship has been awarded towards the end of February 2023. Applications will then be considered on a rolling basis, if funds remain.
Informational resources (i.e. Budget Breakdown Sample, Job Description Sample, Regulations, Etc.) can be found below. If you'd like to be receive updates, please sign up for the CDA AWDP newsletter.
Intern applications are closed and will open in the Spring 2023.
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.