Farmers to be Compensated for Donated Food

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Farmers now have an incentive to donate produce to Colorado food banks.  Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday that will give farmers a tax credit for a quarter of the wholesale market price of the food.  He held a signing ceremony on a truck bed at Adobe House Farm in Durango with farmers, ranchers and food bank operators. The tax credit can be used for donations of fruit and vegetables as well as dairy and meat products and big game.  It’s capped at $5,000. Oregon has a similar program.  Based on its experience, around 130 farms are expected to claim the credit in Colorado per year. Pictured:  John hickenlooper