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:

Applications are now being accepted for 2021 AWDP internships. For priority consideration, businesses should complete the Business Application during the open application period, November 4 – December 18, 2020.*

While it is not necessary to have an intern identified before applying, businesses that have already identified an intern are encouraged to have the selected intern complete the Intern Application as soon as possible in order to expedite the contracting process.

Applicants will be notified whether or not their internships will be awarded no later than February 16, 2021, and internships may begin as early as March 1, 2021.

*If program funds remain, applications will be considered on a rolling basis outside of the application window.

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Contact Us

(303) 869-9170

Additional Information

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)