The bill relocates the Colorado food systems advisory council (council) from the department of agriculture to Colorado state university.
The bill ends the terms of current members of the council and provides for the appointment of new members to the council.
As updated in the bill, the council's duties are to:
- Grow local, regional, and statewide food economies within which producers have access to new markets and low-income populations have access to fresh, affordable, and healthy foods. The council will collaborate and coordinate with producers, relevant state and federal educational institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and consumers to connect state and federal agencies and to provide Colorado producers, including fruit and vegetable producers, with viable market opportunities.
- Support the implementation of the recommendations in the Colorado blueprint of food and agriculture project, ensure that the blueprint, or its successor project, is updated as needed, and ensure alignment with other state or local food plans if relevant;
- Conduct research regarding national best practices regarding food and nutrition assistance, direct and intermediated market development, institutional procurement, and farm-to-school programs as well as other priorities determined by the council;
- Collaborate with, serve as a resource to, and receive input from local and regional food policy councils in the state; and
- Explore methods of collecting and assessing statewide data relating to council activities and report the relevant information and data regarding council activities as required by current law.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)