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March 21, 2024

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Vivienne Jannatpour, (303) 678-6277

Bid submissions for a new agricultural property lease now open through Friday, April 12.

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Boulder County Open Space

For Immediate Release

3/21/2024

Media ContactVivienne Jannatpour, (303) 678-6277

Bid submissions for a new agricultural property lease now open through Friday, April 12.
New lease guidelines for Boulder County agricultural land provide subsidized agriculture opportunities for local farmers.

Bid submissions for the Clark (John) property lease are now open through Friday, April 12, on the Bidding Opportunities webpage.

Boulder provides financial and practical support for tenant farmers.

To receive this information in another language, contact Vivienne Jannatpour at 303-678-6277 or vjannatpour@bouldercounty.gov.

Boulder County, Colo. - Newly updated agricultural lease contract guidelines are now posted on the Agricultural Leases webpage and provide opportunities for farmers and ranchers to take advantage of support from Boulder County Parks & Open Space Agricultural Resources program. The goal of the program is to support agriculture in Boulder County, an important community value to residents. This includes supporting the farmers’ livelihoods, their families, and their way of life.

Boulder County is now accepting bid submissions for the Clark (John) property through April 12. The annual rent for the Clark property is $9,540, which includes access to a hay shed. To apply for consideration, please go to the Bidding Opportunities webpage.

Boulder County charges below market rates for leasing agricultural land to ensure that farming is economically viable. The leasing charges total less than a landowner would pay in property taxes in Boulder County.

In addition, Boulder County Parks & Open Space staff provides support and resources (expenses total $3.5 million annually) including:

Water assessments.

Fencing contracts for replacing and maintaining fences.

Water monitoring required by the State of Colorado.

Share of input costs including fertilizer and compost on crop share properties.
Prairie dog control on agricultural lands and reimbursements for prairie dog damage ($3.2 million annually for prairie dog control and reimbursements).

For more information about the Boulder County Parks & Open Space Agricultural Program, please visit the Agricultural Lands on Open Space webpage or contact Mike Foster, Agricultural Resources Division Manager at mfoster@bouldercounty.gov or 303-678-6234.

John Clark barnJohn Clark agricultural field