Colorado Agriculture 2020

In partnership with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Colorado boasts more than just majestic mountains and outdoor adventures – it’s also an abundant agricultural powerhouse. With 38,900 farms spread across 31.8 million acres, Colorado’s farmers and ranchers work tirelessly to produce commodities for both the state and the nation.

The average size of a Colorado farm or ranch is 817 acres. Cattle and calves top the list of the state’s agricultural commodities, with dairy products, corn, hay and wheat following closely behind. The Centennial State ranks nationally in the top 10 for several crops, including barley, alfalfa hay, proso millet, grain sorghum, peaches, sheep and lambs. The Colorado ag industry greatly supports the local economy, contributing approximately $47 billion each year and employing more than 195,000 people, not to mention international exports, which total around $2 billion annually.

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