The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is committed to strengthening and advancing Colorado's agriculture industry, ensuring a safe, high quality, and sustainable food supply, and protecting consumers, the environment, and natural resources.
Approximately 275 employees provide over 300 different regulatory, inspection, marketing, consumer protection and other services across the state for less than .2% of the state's budget.
Under the direction of the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is proud to serve you through the following Divisions:
· The Animal Industry Division provides livestock disease prevention and control, as well as lab services; rodent and predator control services; pet animal facility inspection and licensing; licenses all of the state's aquaculture facilities and animal cruelty investigations.
· The Brands Division registers, inspects and verifies more than 35,000 livestock brands; investigates livestock theft; and licenses livestock sale barns, packing plants and alternative livestock farms.
· The Colorado State Fair highlights agriculture, crops, livestock, canning, baking, needlework, flowers, art, science, and education. The highlight of the fairgrounds is the 11-day fair but is also open year-around for many activities.
· The Commissioner's Office oversees all CDA divisions. It includes the Commissioner's staff, Administrative Services, Homeland Security, Human Resources and Information Technology.
· The Conservation Services Division provides administrative and financial assistance to Colorado's 76 conservation districts. It also coordinates various programs with state and federal agencies on natural resource issues; provides guidance on stream bank erosion and riparian concerns and assists districts on various water and energy programs; noxious weed management, groundwater protection regulation and biological pest control.
· The Inspection & Consumer Services Division provides inspection of animal feed, fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia tanks, eggs, grain warehouses, agricultural commodity handlers and dealers, custom meat and wild game processors, door to door food sales companies, weighing and measuring devices, and packages for correct weight and pricing. It also provides metrology and other regulatory laboratory services, such as feed, fertilizer, groundwater and pesticide testing.
· The Markets Division assists Colorado food and agricultural companies to sell their products in local (Colorado Proud), regional, national and international markets. It collects livestock and produce market news from around the state, oversees nine market orders, grades and inspects fruits and vegetables and helps promote Colorado wines through the Colorado Wine Board.
· The Plant Industry Division provides organic certification, nursery stock inspection, produce, plant and seed export certificates, seed inspection and certification, weed free forage certification, bee inspection and investigations, chemigation (backflow prevention equipment permits and inspections), commercial & private pesticide applicator testing, licensing and investigations, pesticide product record inspections and label registration.