Boulder County manages cropland for the long-term. The purpose of the Cropland Policy is to link the goals of the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan with the operational activities of Boulder County Parks & Open Space staff.
Boulder County Parks & Open Space’s vision is to be a national leader in sustainable agriculture. The Cropland Policy sets forth the policies and practices that define sustainable agriculture on Boulder County open space lands.
Cropland Policy Updated
On November 30, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a plan for phasing out genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-resistant crops on county-owned agricultural land. The final GE Transition Plan and the updated Section 6.1 of the Cropland Policy were adopted and signed on April 13, 2017.
- Cropland Policy
Sustainable Agricultural Research & Innovation Initiative (SARII)
A new request for proposals (RFP) for the Sustainable Agricultural Research and Innovation Initiative (SARII) has been issued.
Detailed information and application instructions are available at RFP #6677-17. The RFP deadline was August 22 at 2 p.m. Staff will present its recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on September 12.
On November 30, 2016, the BOCC directed staff to pursue the created of a Sustainable Agricultural Research and Innovation Initiative center. On February 2, 2017, the county issued a RFP to prospective vendors and contractors asking them to submit plans for developing and managing an agricultural research center. The RFP period closed on March 28 and the county received two proposals, one from Rodale Institute in partnership with Colorado State University and one from Mountain High Research. While both proposals contained some elements envisioned for the agricultural research center, neither provided the necessary combination of experience in running a research center, appropriate staffing and institutional support, or a research plan with a scope to compare a full variety of production methods. Therefore, based on the proposals and subsequent vendor interviews, staff did not have confidence that either bidder could fully deliver what was requested in the initial RFP.