CCGA puts its support behind two state bills
* House Bill 16-1226, "Agricultural Innovation Grants"
The bill would create an agricultural grant and reimbursement program within the Colorado Department of Agriculture, with the Colorado agricultural value-added development board overseeing the program. The board would create an advisory body containing people with expertise in technology, agriculture, business and finance.
* House Bill 16-1228, "Ag Protection Water Right Transfer Mechanism"
Currently, water court proceedings governing an application to change the beneficial use of an agricultural water right require the applicant to designate a specific beneficial use identified at the time of the application. This bill would authorize an owner of an agricultural water right to seek a change-in-use decree in water court to allow the transfer of up to 50 percent of the water subject to the water right to any beneficial use for renewable one-year periods, without designating the specific beneficial use, if the owner has obtained substitute water supply plan approval and other conditions are met.
Learn more about those bills at our website, www.coloradocorn.com.