The Colorado Building Farmers and Ranchers program builds community and capacity in agriculture.  The program utilizes classroom learning and helps new farmers and ranchers:

  • Explore agriculture as a business
  • Learn how to manage risks 
  • Understand how to succeed in diverse markets. 

Who Should Participate?

  • New Farmers/Ranchers: <1/4 acre farmers/<100 acres ranchers and/or < 1 year and/or intern, apprentice level experience (large garden, on-farm, or ranch)
  • Intermediate Farmers/Ranchers: Production, marketing manager or sole operator, >1/4 acre farmers/>100 acres ranchers for <3 years
  • Experienced Farmers/Ranchers: Production, marketing manager or sole operator, >1/4 acre/>100 acres rancher for >3 years


  • New and Intermediate Farmers and Ranchers: $200 for all 8 sessions ($300 for two people from same operation with one set of handouts). Includes course material.
  • Experienced Farmers/Ranchers: $150 for all 8 sessions or $25 per class

Want to Learn More?

Applications for 2022 are currently closed, but you can learn more about the program:


Non-Discrimination Statement

Colorado State University Extension is an equal opportunity provider. Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations. CSU’s Office of Engagement and Extension ensures meaningful access and equal opportunities to participate to individuals whose first language is not English. Colorado State University Extension es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Colorado State University no discrimina por motivos de discapacidad y se compromete a proporcionar adaptaciones razonables. Office of Engagement and Extension de CSU garantiza acceso significativo e igualdad de oportunidades para participar a las personas quienes su primer idioma no es el inglés.