Colorado Long Bill funds ag

As Colorado legislators finalize the content of the state budget, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is praising lawmakers for their support of Gov. Jared Polis’s key budget requests that support agricultural communities across our state through passage of the state’s Long Bill.

Included in the Long Bill is funding for at least four new agency staff, including an agricultural water advisor, a biocontrol specialist, a Western Slope-based Bureau of Animal Protection investigator, and a climate marketing specialist to promote Colorado’s leadership in resilience efforts such as soil health.

The funding approved by the Joint Budget Committee and now the full legislature is critical to supporting the work of Colorado producers in diverse agricultural areas and continuing CDA’s efforts to promote resilient economic processes, working landscapes, and agricultural communities.