Colorado program offers incentives for agriculture-related companies to hire interns – Greeley Tribune
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is now accepting business applications for the Agricultural Workforce Development Program, which provides funding for farm businesses to hire interns for the 2022 growing season.
Jennifer Benson, manager of the Agricultural Workforce Development Program, said AWDP provides financial incentives for Colorado farms, ranches and agribusinesses to hire interns and provide them with the practical training needed to start a business. career in agriculture.
“Supporting the next generation of farm workers, farm owners and ranchers is essential to Colorado’s economy and our food supply chain,” said Benson. “The Agricultural Workforce Development Program helps the Colorado Department of Agriculture meet its training, education and financial assistance goals to ensure the agricultural workforce continues to grow. be an attractive and rewarding career for young people and anyone looking to start a farming business. “
Qualified companies can be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the actual cost of hiring an intern, up to $ 5,000, in exchange for providing the intern with educational experience.
Since the program’s inception in 2018, CDA has funded more than 50 internships at farms, ranches and agribusinesses across the state. Once the funded companies have been selected, ADC will publish a list of participating companies so that interested intern candidates can get in touch with companies looking for workers.
To apply, eligible farm businesses must complete an online application available on CDA’s website. Applications will be accepted until January 7, 2022. Applications received by the deadline will be assessed by a team of reviewers, and award notices will be sent out in February 2022.
For more information on AWDP, visit the AWDP page of the ADC website or contact Jennifer Benson, ADC Grants Specialist, at [email protected]