Colorado Department of Agriculture

The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture; promote a safe, high quality, and sustainable food supply; and protect consumers, the environment, and natural resources.

The vision of the Department of Agriculture is that Colorado agriculture be strong and vibrant, a key driver of the state's economy, and recognized worldwide for its safe, affordable, and abundant supply of high quality food and agricultural products.

Under the direction of the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is proud to serve you through the following divisions:

The Animal Health Division provides livestock disease prevention and control, as well as lab services; rodent and predator control services; licenses all of the state's aquaculture facilities and animal cruelty investigations.

The Brands Division inspects and verifies ownership on more than 3.8 million livestock; investigates livestock theft; records more than 35,000 livestock brands; and licenses livestock sale barns, packing plants and alternative livestock farms.

The Colorado State Fair highlights agriculture, crops, livestock, canning, baking, needlework, flowers, art, science, and education. The highlight of the fairgrounds is the 11-day fair but is also open year-around for many activities.

The Commissioner's Office oversees all CDA divisions. It includes the Commissioner's staff, Administrative Services, Homeland Security, Human Resources and Information Technology offices.

The Conservation Services Division provides administrative and financial assistance to Colorado's 76 conservation districts. It also coordinates various programs with state and federal agencies on natural resource issues; provides guidance on stream bank erosion and riparian concerns and assists districts on various water and energy programs; noxious weed management, groundwater protection regulation and biological pest control.

The Inspection & Consumer Services Division provides inspection of animal feed, fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia tanks, eggs, grain warehouses, agricultural commodity handlers and dealers, custom meat and wild game processors, door to door food sales companies, weighing and measuring devices, and packages for correct weight and pricing. It also provides pet animal facility inspection and licensing as well as metrology and other regulatory laboratory services, such as feed, fertilizer, groundwater and pesticide testing.

The Markets Division helps Colorado food and agricultural companies sell their products in local (via Colorado Proud branding), regional, national and international markets. It collects livestock and produce market news from around the state, oversees nine market orders, grades and inspects fruits and vegetables and helps promote Colorado wines through the Colorado Wine Board.

The Plant Industry Division provides organic certification, nursery stock inspection, produce, plant and seed export certificates, seed inspection and certification, weed-free forage certification, bee inspection and investigations, chemigation (backflow prevention equipment permits and inspections), commercial & private pesticide applicator testing, licensing and investigations, pesticide product record inspections and label registration.

Contact Colorado Department of Agriculture

Don Brown
305 Interlocken Parkway
Broomfield, Colorado  80021
Phone: 303-869-9000


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Colorado

Office Locaters

Project Updates for Department of Agriculture

USDA Announces $17 Million to Support America's Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Aims to Develop a Strong, Diverse Next Generation of American Farmers; Supports Efforts to Bring Veterans and Socially Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs into Farming and Ranching.

USDA Unveils Three-Year Conservation Strategy for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of a three-year conservation strategy that will guide the voluntary restoration of 500,000 acres of habitat for the lesser prairie-chicken.

Successful Conservation Partnership Keeps Bi-State Sage-Grouse Off Endangered Species List

Partnership among California, Nevada, Federal Agencies, & Landowners Helped Conserve Key Habitat, Reduce Threats to Bird.

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