Business Development


The CFVGA Business Development Committee is  charged with (1) providing business resource information to CFVGA members to help them continue and advance their farming operations, (2) connecting CFVGA members, policy makers and regulatory agencies to promote understanding of the potential impacts both positive and negative, of business related policies on Colorado fruit and vegetable production, (3) help guide CFVGA to become an important resource for Colorado producers, and (4) establish brand development to extend and elevate Colorado produce along with tools for members.

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What’s inside?  RESOURCES for:  Marketing and Promotion, Media engagement, Agritourism, Business Planning and Management, Financing, Risk Management

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Beginning Farmers

CFVGA Lunch and Learn Webinar: Colorado Land Link Program – resources for beginning and transitioning farmers and ranchers | September 7, 2016 (42 minutes)

Key Points

  1. Resources for next gen and transitioning farmers
  2. Colorado average age of farmer is 59. Who will be the next generation of farmers and ranchers in Colorado?
  3. Colorado Land Link is modeled from other leading programs in the US, providing tech assistance and land access through a match-making service
  4. Visioning course allows beginning farmers to explore their assets and goals. It feeds applicants to the Colorado Building Farmers “Principles” short course
  5. Guidestone convenes landowners, farmers and professionals for an annua statewide conversation about these issues and projects

CFVGA Lunch and Learn Webinar: Supporting Young Farmers in Colorado through Policy Reform |September 21, 2016 (48 minutes)

  1. Beginning farmers (less than 10 years) Colorado has had 20% decrease in beginning farmers from 2007 to 2012
  2. 6:1 ratio of farmers in the US over 65 to farmers under 35
  3. 2/3 of US farm land will need a new manager in the next 30 years
  4. NYFC founded in 2010 to help beginning farmers succeed
  5. Focus areas:  Policy Reform, Network Building, Business Services

CFVGA Lunch and Learn Webinar: Colorado Beginning Farmer Lease Tax Credit/Deduction Program | September 27, 2016 (21 minutes)

  1. Deduction can be 20% of the value of the lease payments received up to $25,000
  2. Eligibility:
    1. For tax credit: qualified taxpayer in Colorado
    2. For beginning farmer: Colorado resident, net worth less than $2M, will provide majority of labor or will use asset majority of the time, plans to farm or ranch full time, farming or ranching less than 10 years, has taken ag mgt education program approved by CADA, application must include IRS Schedule F
  3. Program will issue 100 tax credits over three years starting Jan 1, 2017
  4. Must have three year lease
  5. Assets include: land, machinery, livestock, durable items, etc.
  6. Starting Jan 2018 anticipate submitting 2017 Schedule F to CADA for approval

Farm to Food Bank

CFVGA Lunch and Learn Webinar: Farm to Food Bank – Fostering Relationships with Colorado Producers | August 31, 2016 (45 minutes)

Farm to School

CFVGA Lunch and Learn Webinar: Selling Fruits & Vegetables to Schools has never been easier! | September 15, 2016
(51 minutes)  
Slides of presentation | Key points

  1. FTS in Colorado is grant funded and not funded by State of Colorado
  2. Benefits of FTS
    1. Kids win with nutrition
    2. Farmers win with a financial opportunity
    3. Communities win with stronger communities and better local economy
  3. $18M spent by schools on local food in Colorado in 2015. This is only 4% of total Colorado school food expenditures!
  4. 58% of Colorado school districts are doing some form of FTS
  5. Top barrier: schools have small budgets to afford local produce, however higher volume sales can make this possible.  Schools will buy seconds as most are processed in some way for fresh or cooked uses
  6. Stability of FTS sales is a benefit to growers
  7. Summer school meal programs clearly overlap with the harvest season and May, Sept and Oct land squarely in the harvest season

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