We help farmers, ranchers, and other landowners manage Colorado’s natural resources effectively for sustained agriculture production and environmental health.
• Imports, rears, establishes, and spreads beneficial organisms for weed and insect pest control.
• Targets pests that are detrimental to agricultural production and the environment.
• Provides biological control agents upon request to Colorado landowners and managers.
• Collaborates with landowners and resource managers to incorporate biological control into weed and pest management strategies.
• Grants permits for the application of pesticides and fertilizers through closed irrigation systems.
• Inspects closed irrigation systems to ensure proper installation and maintenance of pollution prevention equipment.
• Water conservation
• Noxious weed management
• Water quality improvements
• Soil health and preventing erosion
•Identifies cost-effective EE/RE technologies and practices that are suitable for implementation in Colorado's agricultural sector.
•Partners with other public and private entities to facilitate the implementation of these technologies and practices through cost-share investments, technology-transfer, and outreach.
• Implements primarily a voluntary approach using education, outreach, and training.
• Leads and coordinates efforts among the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University Extension, and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
• Monitors Colorado's groundwater to detect the presence of agricultural chemicals.
• Prevents the introduction of new invasive plant species.
• Eradicates species with isolated or limited populations.
• Contains and manages those invasive species that are well established and widespread in Colorado.
• Inspects forage or mulch of participating farmers before it is harvested.
• Provides a marking system so certified forage can be visibly identified and tracked by producers and consumers.