At midnight on January 1st, Coloradans will have a few new laws to contend with. One eliminates tax breaks for small properties classified as agricultural that are, in fact, residential homes.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Habitat Partnership Program, or HPP, is awarding grants with the goal of keeping big game animals from coming into conflict with agricultural operations.
Federal legislation introduced last week could help level the playing field for small and mid-sized farmers in Colorado and other states.
Governor John Hickenlooper has made it a priority to increase exports of Colorado products. He’s even challenged his new Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar, to ramp up exports of farm goods by forty percent in the next four years.
So far this year, exports of Colorado agricultural goods are up by more than 30% compared to the same period last year. That’s according to new statistics by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.