Funding available for agriculture businesses seeking interns for the 2023 growing season  |

Funding available for agriculture businesses seeking interns for the 2023 growing season 

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Agricultural Workforce Development Program through Feb. 10. The new program seeks to support growth in the ag industry workforce and future producers in Colorado. 

“This program supports the development of future generations of farmers and ranchers, and supports ag business owners in training the next generation,” said Kate Greenberg, the commissioner of agriculture.

The Agricultural Workforce Development Program provides financial incentives to Colorado farms, ranches and agricultural businesses to hire interns and provide them with the hands-on training needed to begin a career in agriculture. 

“By providing paid, hands-on internships in agriculture, we’re helping more young people gain access to education and experience that will help them decide if they want to pursue a career in agriculture,” Greenberg said. 

Qualified businesses can be reimbursed for up to 50% of the cost of hiring an intern, up to $5,000, in exchange for providing an educational experience to the intern. Since the program was funded in 2018, the Department of Agriculture has funded more than 75 internships at farms, ranches, and agricultural businesses in Colorado. 

To apply, qualifying agricultural businesses must complete an online application. Applications received by the deadline will be evaluated by a team of reviewers, and award notices will be sent out in late February.

Once businesses have been selected for funding the Department of Agriculture will help connect interns with possible placements. 

For more information, go to or contact Joanne Hernandez, grants specialist with CDA, at

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