Agriculture

Agriculture

In 2012 and 2013, the Colorado agricultural industry was severely impacted by fires and floods. As the second largest contributor to the state’s economy, it was vital to the well-being of all Colorado citizens to keep our agricultural industry strong and vibrant. Federal Disaster Assistance funds were allocated to assist farmers and ranchers who were affected with recovering from these disasters. This program has completed and applications are no longer being accepted.
   

Agriculture Business Grant


This economic development grant was established to enable disaster impacted businesses remain viable and maintain jobs in the agriculture sector that is so critical to rural areas and Colorado as a whole. Based on documented damages or losses, farmers and ranchers received grant assistance to help them stay in business and retain employment in the impacted areas. Grants ranged from $15,000 to $150,000 and could be used to reimburse businesses for disaster-related expenses, replace lost facilities or equipment, or otherwise reinvest in their business. This program was managed in partnership with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and concluded in December of 2018.

Summary of the Disaster


Grants by County


County Grants by County # of Businesses Assisted
Weld $2,568,711 23
Larimer $2,188,304 19
Boulder $1,751,606 17
All Other Counties $738,583 7
Grant Total $7,247,204 66

Profiles


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From one of our farmers

“If not for this grant, I shudder to think where we would be today. I expect our only alternatives would have been to sell out at a low damaged property price or to take on some massive loans that I'm not sure we would have qualified for. I am very thankful that this grant exists as not only is it helping us, but I see how much it benefits my neighbors as well.”

View Before and After photo gallery

Contact


Please contact Stephanie Casias with the Department of Local Affairs at 303-864-7893 or email agdisastergrant@state.co.us for past information on this grant program.