Incentives offered to ag businesses to hire interns

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a new program offering incentives to farms, ranches and other agricultural businesses to hire interns.

Qualified businesses could be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the cost of hiring an intern, not to exceed $5,000 per internship.

“Investing in the future is integral to continued progress in agriculture,” said Tom Lipetzky, markets division director with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “With this cost-share incentive, we hope agricultural businesses see this as an opportunity to help build a talent pipeline and pathway for educating our next generation of agricultural leaders.”

The program is the result of state legislation introduced during the 2018 session by the Young and Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee and designed to promote hands-on educational opportunities for individuals aspiring to careers in agriculture.

About $40,000 is available for the first round of internships through June 30. Qualified internships must include at least 130 hours of work experience and provide focused learning opportunities for interns. 

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from businesses interested in participating in the program. Applications and additional information are available online at www.colorado.gov/agmain.