Ag Day at the Capitol is sponsored by the members of the Colorado Agriculture Council and the Colorado Chefs Association. The event is designed to showcase the abundant agriculture produced in Colorado while connecting with Colorado legislators.
Agriculture is a top economic driver adding $42 billion to the Colorado State Economy during 2012 (the latest census information available). Take a look at the latest information from the Colorado Agricultural Statistics 2018 Report https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Colorado/Publications/Annual_Statistical_Bulletin/Bulletin2018.pdf:
The Centennial State, admitted to the Union in 1876, is the eighth largest state in area and has the highest average elevation. The highest point is at Mount Elbert, 14,433 feet above sea level, one of the 53 "fourteeners" rising above 14,000 feet. The lowest elevation is 3,350 feet in extreme eastern Prowers County.
Approximate Land Area: 66.3 Million Acres Approximate Cropland Area: 10.6 Million Acres * Approximate Irrigated Area: 2.6 Million Acres * Number of Farms and Ranches (2018): 33,800 ° Average Size of Farm and Ranch (2018): 941 Acres °
Farms by Type* Farms by Tenure* Farms by Class* 81.2% Individual 72% Full Owners 56.1% Livestock & Poultry 8.9% Partnership 22% Part Owners 43.9% Crops 7.0% Corporate 6% Tenants 2.9% Other
Farm Marketing Receipts (2017): $7,815,995 Million Livestock & Livestock Products: $4,638,554 Million (59% of the total) Field, Fruit & Vegetable Crops: $2,177,631 Million (28% of the total)
* 2012 Census of Agriculture ° Colorado Agriculture Overview www.nass.usda.gov/co