When the average person thinks about Colorado, they usually think about fun things like creating stunning works of art, taking breathtaking photographs, and participating in all kinds of outdoor sports. What few people stop to think about is that agriculture is alive and well in the state of Colorado.
Unlike many states, Colorado’s agriculture industry is mostly based on livestock production. The most common agriculture commodity in Colorado is cattle. While a majority of the cattle raised in Colorado are beef cattle, the state does have a respectable number of dairy operations as well. It is estimated that 60% of the revenue that is generated by the states agriculture industry is directly connected to the raising of feeder cattle. In addition to cattle, many farmers in the state of Colorado also raise pigs, sheep, and poultry. The few crops that are produced in Colorado include hay, corn, apples, and wheat. There is also steady demand for the carnations that are grown in Colorado.
Mining is considered a part of Colorado’s agriculture industry. Although the mining of minerals in Colorado is not nearly as important a part of the state’s industry as it once was, there are still some small mines in operation today. The most commonly mined minerals in Colorado right now are coal and natural gas.
Two organization, 4-H and FFA are doing their best to make sure that agriculture continues to be an important part of the states heritage. In addition to teaching today’s youth about animal and plant science, both of these organizations are also working to show today’s young people that there are many ways that they can be involved in the Colorado’s agriculture industry.