Agriculture is one of the leading industries in Colorado. Nearly half of Colorado’s 66 million acres are farms and ranches. Colorado’s agriculture contributes $41 billion to the state’s economy and employs nearly 173,000 people.
State farmers and ranchers contribute to feeding the world’s population, exporting more than $1.8 billion in products. Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea and China receive the largest share of Colorado food.
According to the 2017 Colorado Business Economic Outlook, agriculture may have a tough year ahead, with prices for major crops in decline. However, producers continue to provide the state with food supply and jobs.