Applications due for ag internship funding

Applications will be accepted until Dec. 18 through a program providing funding to agricultural businesses to hire interns for the 2021 growing season.

The Agricultural Workforce Development Program (AWDP)provides financial incentives to Colorado farms, ranches and other businesses to hire interns and provide them with the hands-on training needed to begin careers in agriculture.

Qualified businesses that participate in the program could be reimbursed for up to half the cost of hiring an intern or $5,000.

Interns are no longer required to be Colorado residents. Moreover,  the internship timeline is aligned with the growing season.

Applications will be evaluated by a team of reviewers. Award notices will be announced in February.

Since the AWDP was created in 2018, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has funded 35 internships. This year, CDA will award about $48,000 through the program.

Applications for the program are available at https://ag.colorado.gov. More information also is available by contacting Jennifer Benson, a CDA grants specialist, by email at jennifer.benson@state.co.us.