Colorado Recovery Plan
Work is underway in the Colorado General Assembly on specific bills to implement the Colorado Recovery Plan announced last week by the Governor and lawmakers of both parties.
Agriculture is clearly one of the priorities in the $700 million proposal.
Senate President Leroy Garcia of Pueblo said that "The Colorado way of life depends on the rural parts of the state and the agriculture industry.” He added, that rural Colorado has been hit hard, but now there is more opportunity to create new jobs.
National Western Stock Show President John Ellis said the proposal is incredibly important and the ag community is very thankful to the state and legislature.
Ellis: “ ..things like helping Colorado Proud. Helping our rural and small and medium-sized agriculture producers is going to be critical with this funding. We have been in drought in the agriculture communities for many, many years, particularly southwest Colorado so funding for drought preparedness into the future is going to be very critical. Investments in the ag supply chain also a critical part of this bill. “
Lawmakers are still working on details of the stimulus bills which would likely be part of the 2021-22 budget. Estimates put the amount of the one-time Recovery Plan funding for ag and rural communities at somewhere between $70 and $131 million. That money would go to watershed restoration, investment in ag supply chains, and wildfire recovery.