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Bill Detail: HB21-1181

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Title Agricultural Soil Health Program
Status Governor Signed (06/21/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors P. Will (R)
K. McCormick (D)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House Committee Agriculture, Livestock, and Water
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 03/04/2021
Summary

The bill creates the Colorado soil health program in the department
of agriculture (department). The soil health program is voluntary. The
department, commissioner of agriculture (commissioner), and state
agricultural commission will administer the soil health program.
The department may establish the following:
  • A system for monitoring the environmental or economic

benefits of soil health practices;
  • A state soil health inventory and platform;
  • A soil health testing program; and
  • Other programs the department deems appropriate or
necessary.
Before establishing a system, inventory and platform, or program,
the department must provide public notice and afford the public an
opportunity to submit written comments.
The department may also:
  • Seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations;
  • Administer and expend the money from public and private
sources;
  • Provide grants, loans, and other resources to perform soil
health activities; and
  • Cooperate and collaborate with other people.
The bill also creates a soil health advisory committee (advisory
committee). The commissioner is required to appoint members who
represent the different geographic areas, political diversity, and
demographic diversity of the state and include agricultural producers of
diverse production systems.
The advisory committee will make recommendations to the
department and assist in the development of the soil health program. The
advisory committee is also authorized to solicit input, review proposals
and agreements, and evaluate the soil health program.
The department shall maintain the confidentiality of information
related to private lands that identify landowners, land managers,
agricultural producers, or lands.
No later than January 31 of each year, the department shall prepare
and make available to the public a report of its activities on its official
website.

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