Today was a BIG day for Colorado agriculture. SB21-248— Loan Program for Colorado Agriculture and SB21-234— General Fund Transfer Agriculture Drought & Resiliency passed the State House on 3rd reading. These 2 bills co prime-sponsored by Representative Holtorf are now on the way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. 

SB21-248 invests $30 million in the Colorado agricultural future loan program in the Colorado Department of Agriculture. This bill will provide farm-to-market loans and low-low-interest loans to eligible farmers, ranchers, and Colorado Producers in a diverse supply chain. 

While SB21-234 creates the agriculture and drought resiliency fund. This would provide $3 million from the Colorado General Fund and appropriates the money from the fund to the Department of Agriculture which will be used to engage, prepare, and mitigate droughts and soil health in Colorado.

Together these two bills are a $33 million investment from the Federal CARES Act into Colorado Agriculture. I am honored to be a prime co-sponsor on SB21-248 along with SB21-234 to reinvest in Colorado agriculture.Holtorf and Mccormick in front of a tally board for sb21-248

Rep. Richard Holtorf seeks Smart Program to fund Agriculture in Colorado

One example is Senate Bill 21-248. Representative Holtorf was proudly the House Co- Prime sponsor of this Bipartisan Bill, which addresses the loan and or grant program for Colorado Agriculture. This transfers money to programs like the Farm-to-Market infrastructure. This provides eligible applicants with low interest rates for farms and ranches in Colorado. The fund has thirty million dollars allocated and is suggested to be divided up with twenty million for loans and ten million for grants. This has been presented as a legislative intent; the Governor of Colorado has this bill before him at this time to be considered and signed.  This will also be a good place for the smaller micro beef processing plants to look at for assistance

National Purple Heart Day

National purple heart day is August 7. Rep. Holtorf worked hard on getting HB21-1116 passed so Purple Heart recipients are allowed free access to Colorado’s National Parks.

Representatives Janice Rich, Matt Soper and Richard Holtorf celebrate the termination of Initiative 16

State House of Representatives, Janice Rich & Matt Soper and Richard Holtorf. State Supreme Court announces termination of Initiative 16!

Rejection of the PAUSE Initiative by the Colorado Supreme Court

Denver, CO – Colorado House Agriculture Committee Vice-Chair Marc Catlin released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s rejection of the PAUSE Initiative.

SB21-234 was signed into law by Governor Polis

Yesterday, SB21-234 was signed into law by Governor Polis. Another strong bill for Colorado Agriculture I am honored to be apart of.Rep. Richard Holtorf [video width="720" height="1270"...

Democrats Impose Irreparable Damage on Colorado’s Agriculture Industry

Last Friday, Colorado House Republicans fought long into the night to defend the agricultural industry against SB21-087, a bill brought forth by metro Democrats.

The legislation seeks to impose new restrictions and regulations on ag workers and their employees, resulting in much higher costs. One thing about this bill is clear, it will do irreparable damage to Colorado’s agriculture industry.

Public Comment on Colorado Redistricting

The Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions Staff are currently taking public comment for consideration in the development of their preliminary plans.

Carlos Perez, chair of the Colorado Independent Legislative Commission and an unaffiliated voter from Colorado Springs, notes the importance of public participation. “Redistricting occurs once every decade. The state has changed over the last ten years and so hearing from the public is an essential part of the process for creating fair maps that reflect those changes. The legislative commission is made up of ordinary voters and we are here to listen. We encourage everyone to let us know how the district lines should be drawn to best represent your community.”

House GOP statement on Colorado Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission:

House GOP Statement "We are grateful that the Colorado Supreme Court has upheld the independence of Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions, and we are pleased that the Court has cleared the way for the Commissions to use preliminary population data to begin...

Memorial Day Speech from Rep. Richard Holtorf

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HB21-1301 Important Bill for Hemp and Cannabis Passed Third Reading

Today HB21-1301 passed third reading in the State House on a vote of  59-6. This bill will promote outdoor hemp and cannabis cultivation in Southern Colorado. This bill will also establish measures to minimize cross pollination in hemp and cannabis. Also emergency...

National Purple Heart Day

National purple heart day is August 7. Rep. Holtorf worked hard on getting HB21-1116 passed so Purple Heart recipients are allowed free access to Colorado’s National Parks.

Democrats Impose Irreparable Damage on Colorado’s Agriculture Industry

Last Friday, Colorado House Republicans fought long into the night to defend the agricultural industry against SB21-087, a bill brought forth by metro Democrats.

The legislation seeks to impose new restrictions and regulations on ag workers and their employees, resulting in much higher costs. One thing about this bill is clear, it will do irreparable damage to Colorado’s agriculture industry.

Public Comment on Colorado Redistricting

Public Comment on Colorado Redistricting

The Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions Staff are currently taking public comment for consideration in the development of their preliminary plans.

Carlos Perez, chair of the Colorado Independent Legislative Commission and an unaffiliated voter from Colorado Springs, notes the importance of public participation. “Redistricting occurs once every decade. The state has changed over the last ten years and so hearing from the public is an essential part of the process for creating fair maps that reflect those changes. The legislative commission is made up of ordinary voters and we are here to listen. We encourage everyone to let us know how the district lines should be drawn to best represent your community.”