colorado ag commoditiesCattle – Cattle and calves represent the largest segment of agriculture in Colorado, contributing $4 billion in annual cash receipts. With more than 300 days of sunshine, Colorado’s mild climate benefits the cattle feeding industry.

Corn – Colorado has a vibrant history of growing corn for livestock feed and other uses. More than a million acres across the state are dedicated to the corn crop that supplies raw materials for feed, fuel and biodegradable products in the U.S. and internationally.

Dairy – Colorado dairy farms produce nearly 3 billion pounds of milk, contributing more than half a billion dollars in annual cash receipts. The state’s annual average temperatures are in the 50s and 60s – a perfect environment for raising dairy cows.

Fruits & vegetables – From peaches, apples and melons to sweet corn, chilies, potatoes and lettuce, Colorado grows a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. The state produces nearly $670 million in fruit, vegetables and other specialty crops each year.

Hay – Hay is an essential agricultural crop, providing feed and seed that sustain overall agriculture in Colorado, across the U.S. and worldwide. Nearly 1.5 million acres across Colorado produce a diverse range of hay, including alfalfa, grass and various mixes.

Nursery & Greenhouse – Contributing more than $1.8 billion to the state’s economy, Colorado’s greenhouses and nurseries provide seeds, plants and other resources to the state’s agricultural landscape, primarily growing landscaping products like flowers, bushes, trees, groundcover and more.

Potatoes – Colorado’s San Luis Valley has a rich history of potato farming. The state is the second-largest shipper of fresh potatoes in the U.S., producing more than 2 billion pounds of potatoes annually. Colorado also leads the nation in discovering and growing new varieties of potatoes.

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Poultry & eggs – Colorado hens lay more than a billion eggs each year. The state’s egg and poultry producers are at the forefront of innovative poultry handling and egg processing, ensuring safely and humanely raised chickens and quality-assured farm-fresh eggs.

Sheep & lamb – Colorado consistently ranks as one of the top five producers of lamb year after year. The state’s climate and geography allow Colorado farmers to raise lamb with consistently tender, succulent meat no matter what time of year the lamb is harvested.

Swine – Colorado hog farms use new, innovative practices and better feed to raise and process lean, yet tender meat. The result is pork that is 16 percent leaner and contains 27 percent less saturated fat than it did 20 years ago.

Wheat – More than 2 million acres of wheat are planted and harvested in Colorado each year, making the crop one of the state’s top agricultural commodities. Colorado has consistently ranked high nationally as a wheat-producing state.

Wine – Colorado wines have won national and international competitions, including the World Riesling Cup and the prestigious Jefferson Cup. The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board funds research through Colorado State University and promotes all wines made in the state.