Over the last year, NYFC chapters and members across Colorado testified, authored op-eds, met legislators in Denver, and brought legislators out to the farm to talk about the importance of supporting beginning farmer education through apprenticeships. SB18-042, a bipartisan effort to create an Agricultural Workforce Development Program is the result of their efforts.
Today, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper traveled to Durango, CO to sign SB18-042 into law.
RELEASE: National Young Farmers Coalition applauds Colorado Senate Agriculture Committee passage of bipartisan legislation to help build agricultural workforce
SB18-042, the Agricultural Workforce Development Program, cost-shares the expense of hiring on-farm interns with farm and ranch business owners. Young farmer drive-in at the Capitol set for Tues., Feb. 13th
DENVER, CO (February 1, 2018) – Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee of the Colorado General Assembly voted 9-2 in support of a new bill to increase agricultural apprenticeships in Colorado. SB18-042, the Agricultural Workforce Development Program, would reimburse qualified agricultural businesses up to 50 percent of the cost of hiring a farm intern. The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) applauded the continued bipartisan efforts in support of the measure.