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When thinking about colorful Colorado, outdoor adventure and the Rocky Mountains usually spring to mind. However, nearly half of the state’s 66 million acres are dedicated just to farms and ranches. Home to towering mountains and flat plains, soils in Colorado’s eastern regions and valley of the western mountains are some of the most fertile in the nation. It is no wonder that the agricultural sector contributes more than $40 billion to the state’s economy each year and provides more than 173,000 jobs.
Cattle and calves, corn, wheat, hay and dairy dominate as the Centennial State’s leading agricultural commodities. Colorado is as diverse in commodities as in geography, with producers raising bison, ostriches and emu, and growing sunflowers, grapes and mushrooms, among others.

What Makes Colorado Sunflower Oil Good to the Last Drop?

At the center of the world's happiest flower are nutrient-dense seeds that make a delicious snack – and can be used to produce high-quality sunflower oil.

Meet the Colorado Man Behind the World’s Finest Fly Tying Feathers

If you’ve ever been fly fishing, chances are your fly tying feathers came from birds bred by Colorado geneticist Tom Whiting.

Colorado Agriculture by the Numbers

Farms

36,180

Farmers Markets

156

Economic Impact

$7.7B

yr.
Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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Colorado Ag Commissioners Put Their Experience to Work

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Colorado farmers and ranchers are putting forth great effort to care for and protect the animals in their care for the benefit of all.

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