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Planning for Colorado Hemp Center of Excellence Underway

Planning for Colorado Hemp Center of Excellence Underway

      Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has awarded the contract for development of a strategic plan for a state Hemp Center of Excellence to MPG Consulting. The selection was based on the recommendation of an independent review committee, which included a member of the Colorado Agriculture Commission, a member […]

$1 Million in CARES Act Funds Available to Colorado Farmers, Ranchers and Processors

$1 Million in CARES Act Funds Available to Colorado Farmers, Ranchers and Processors

      The Colorado Department of Agriculture is making about $1 million in grant funding available for Colorado farmers, ranchers, food hubs and processors to support them in adjusting to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food supply chain. Colorado agricultural producers are eligible for grant awards up to $12,500. Farmers markets, […]

Hemp Production Key Component of Rural Economic Development

Hemp Production Key Component of Rural Economic Development

  DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg have submitted additional comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the Interim Final Rule related to the establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program. USDA solicited additional comments on 12 topics and plans to release the Final Rule in early […]

Ag Department Appoints Six New Hemp Advisory Committee Members

Ag Department Appoints Six New Hemp Advisory Committee Members

      Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the appointment of six new members to the statewide Hemp Advisory Committee under the approval of the Colorado Agricultural Commission. The 10-member committee, established in 2013, advises and assists the Commissioner of Agriculture on matters regarding the regulation of industrial […]

CDA Posts Warning About Unsolicited Seed Mailings

CDA Posts Warning About Unsolicited Seed Mailings

    Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has received numerous reports from across the state of people receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail that appear to have originated from China and other countries and labeled as containing jewelry or other items. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local […]

Colorado Submits State Hemp Management Plan to USDA

Colorado Submits State Hemp Management Plan to USDA

  Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with Governor Polis and the Office of the Attorney General, today submitted the Colorado State Hemp Management Plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, certifying that the State has the resources and personnel to carry out the practices and procedures set forth in […]

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in El Paso and Prowers Counties

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in El Paso and Prowers Counties

  Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) have confirmed cases of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus type 2 (RHDV2) in feral rabbits near Calhan, CO, about 35 miles northeast of Colorado Springs, and in a cottontail in rural Prowers County. RHDV2 is highly contagious and lethal among […]

Colorado Ag Department Response to Stay-at-Home from Commissioner Greenberg

Colorado Ag Department Response to Stay-at-Home from Commissioner Greenberg

Dear Customers & Colleagues, On March 25, 2020, Governor Polis issued a statewide Stay-At-Home Order and CDPHE issued the amended Public Health Order (PHO) 20-24 to implement the Governor’s EO. The order began today, March 26, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. It requires all Colorado residents to stay at home whenever possible, except those who work in […]

Message from Colorado Department of Agriculture-RE:  Coronoavirus

Message from Colorado Department of Agriculture-RE: Coronoavirus

Dear Customers and Colleagues, At the Colorado Department of Agriculture, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees and customers as we do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide excellent customer service. This week, many of our office staff will begin working remotely. We […]

Applications Now Accepted for Colorado Hemp Seed Certification

Applications Now Accepted for Colorado Hemp Seed Certification

    March 11, 2020 Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Hemp Seed Certification Program, a collaborative program between the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), CSU Seed Programs, the Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA), is accepting applications for new certified seed varieties through April 3, 2020. Hemp seed certification in Colorado is a multistep process in […]

Colorado Department of Agriculture to hold 2020 Hemp Symposium

Colorado Department of Agriculture to hold 2020 Hemp Symposium

    Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) will present a public Hemp Regulatory and Production Symposium at the Department’s Broomfield, Colorado campus and via live webinar on February 19, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. To provide increased service and in response to stakeholder interest, the symposium will expand on […]

Colorado Department of Agriculture Announces 2019 Certified Hemp Seed Varieties

Colorado Department of Agriculture Announces 2019 Certified Hemp Seed Varieties

    Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has approved four new industrial hemp seed varieties, bringing the total number of approved industrial hemp seed varieties in Colorado to 17. Following a year-long, statewide THC validation and observation trial period, the newly approved industrial hemp seeds are now eligible to be grown […]

Energy Smart Agriculture Workshop Series Planned for Colorado Producers

Energy Smart Agriculture Workshop Series Planned for Colorado Producers

Sessions ​will focus on energy efficiency, cost savings, on-farm renewables and funding assistance   DENVER – November 7, 2019​ – The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) will host a series of energy smart agriculture workshops in early December to detail energy savings and climate resiliency opportunities for farmers and […]

Colorado Department of Agriculture Launches Online Hemp Registration

Colorado Department of Agriculture Launches Online Hemp Registration

  November 21, 2019 Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Hemp Online Portal, or HOP. Applicants seeking to grow industrial hemp in Colorado can now apply for, pay for, and submit an application online for review through the application section of the CDA […]

Colorado Department of Agriculture Receives New USDA Hemp Rule

Colorado Department of Agriculture Receives New USDA Hemp Rule

  October 30, 2019 Broomfield, Colo. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced its interim final rule related to the establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program. The rule establishes a new section specifying the rules and regulations to produce hemp. The action is mandated by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the […]