CDA: Applications Sought for Colorado Noxious Weed Management Grants

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is now accepting applications for 2020 Noxious Weed Management grants. This year, the Department is combining the Noxious Weed Fund and State and Private Forestry funds in order to award $740,000 in grants to counties, municipalities, conservation districts and non-profit organizations and associations for projects that focus on controlling the state’s designated noxious weeds.

“During this difficult time, the state’s resources are stretched thin, but it is essential we consistently manage these damaging plants,” said Steve Ryder, CDA State Weed Coordinator. “This funding from the General Assembly and the U.S. Forest Service goes a long way in controlling noxious weeds that are attracted to lands disturbed by wildfire, drought and development pressures.”

Since 2015, the General Assembly has provided $700,000 annually for projects that are carried out by more than 30 counties, cities, conservation districts and non-profit organizations.  All of the state’s known populations of List A species were treated in 2015 and in subsequent years, as needed, along with numerous List B species.

More information about these grant programs, including the application forms, can be found on the CDA Noxious Weed Program Website.  Applications are due December 18, 2020.

For questions regarding the Noxious Weed Fund grants, please contact Steve Ryder at 303-828-8329, or Patty York at 303-241-7908. 

The Colorado Department of Agriculture exists to support the state’s agriculture industry and serve the people of Colorado through regulation, advocacy and education. Our mission is to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture, promote a safe and high-quality food supply, protect consumers, and foster responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.