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State agriculture department seeks interns, noxious weed advisers

 

Last updated 11/17/2020 at 4:11pm



The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Workforce Development Program (AWDP) which will provide funding to agricultural businesses to hire interns for the 2021 growing season. 

The AWDP 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. Qualified businesses that participate in the program may be reimbursed for up to 50 percent of the actual cost of hiring an intern, or $5,000, in exchange for providing an educational experience to the intern. 

To apply, qualifying agricultural businesses must complete an online application which can be found on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s website. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 18.

Since the AWDP was created in 2018, CDA has funded 35 internships. This year, CDA will award approximately $48,000 to Colorado agricultural businesses through the program. Two important changes to the program are that interns are no longer required to be residents of Colorado, and the internship timeline is aligned with the growing season. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis as funds allow.

Applications will be evaluated by a team of reviewers, and award notices will be announced in February 2021. For more information on the AWDP, visit the AWDP page of the CDA website or contact Jennifer Benson, CDA Grants Specialist, at [email protected]

Noxious weed advisers

Three positions within the State Noxious Weed Advisory Committee will become vacant in December. Nominations are now being sought to fill these important positions. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18.

The primary responsibility of the committee is to discuss Colorado’s weed management challenges and craft solutions that best reflect public and private interests. The committee then makes recommendations to the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) concerning designation of state noxious weeds; classification of state noxious weeds; development and implementation of state weed management plans; and prescribed techniques for eradication, containment, and suppression of state noxious weeds.

The members of the committee play an important role in shaping CDA and state policy concerning noxious weeds. Their recommendations help protect landowners and the environment. The committee consists of 17 members who are appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture. CDA makes every effort to balance the interests of the committee and to ensure different geographic areas of the state are represented equally. They meet quarterly at the Broomfield office (or virtually until further notice), with at least one field trip and meeting out of the Denver area annually.  Terms are two years in length and appointees are limited to two full consecutive terms each.

Positions becoming vacant in December are:

Agricultural producer (one position) – one who engages in farming or ranching or growing non-traditional specialty crops.

Resource specialist (one position) – one who works in weed science, landscape ecology, natural areas management or a similar field.

At-large (one position) – one who can represent a perspective or profession or geographical area not served currently on the committee.

Nominations must be submitted no later than Dec. 18.  More information can be found on the Noxious Weed program web page:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agconservation/noxious-weed-advisory-committee

 

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