Agriculture

Program Description

In 2012 and 2013, the Colorado agricultural industry, the second largest contributor to Colorado’s economy, was severely impacted by fires and floods. Physical damages to barns, outbuildings, fencing, irrigation and pasturelands were immense. Additionally, agriculture businesses suffered significant loss of crops and livestock. In order to maintain businesses and employment in this critical sector, the State of Colorado established the Agriculture Business Grant program.

The Agriculture Business Grant program was established and managed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). This program provided grants ranging from $15,000 to $150,000 that could be used to reimburse businesses for disaster-related expenses, replace lost facilities or equipment, or otherwise reinvest in their business to sustain operations.  
 

Program Status

This program operated between May 2014 through December 2018 and is complete. No additional funds are available.

Program Outcomes

66 Agriculture Businesses across the impacted areas, predominantly in Weld, Larimer, and Boulder, Received a total of over $7.2 million in grants for an average grant of $109,400. 181 jobs were retained or created resulting in a 18% increase in jobs for participating businesses. 13 businesses used these funds for construction including barns or outbuildings, fences or corrals, pond dredging, land leveling and river bank restoration. 39 businesses used these funds to purchase a total of 95 pieces of lost equipment. Others utilized their grants for various operating costs including replacing inventory or livestock or paying off operating expenses.

See the before and after photo gallery here.
 

Grants By County

County

# of Businesses

Total Award

Weld

23

 $        2,568,710

Larimer

19

 $        2,162,549

Boulder

17

 $        1,750,770

All Other

7

 $           738,583

Total

66

 $        7,220,612

 

Grants By Industry

NAICS Industry

# of Businesses

Total Awards

1121 - Cattle Ranching and Farming

21

 $    2,423,590

1119 - Other Crop Farming (includes Hay)

16

 $    1,941,343

1111 - Oilseed and Grain Farming (includes Corn)

11

 $    1,219,338

1129 - Other Animal Production (includes Horses and other Equine)

7

 $       616,080

1112 - Vegetable and Melon Farming

7

 $       550,762

11 - Other Agriculture and Forestry

4

 $       469,499

Total

66

 $    7,220,612

 

Resources

 

Contact


Stephanie Casias
Agriculture Business Grant Program Manager
303-864-7893 
stephanie.casias@state.co.us