Forecast for Ag in Colorado
The Colorado Farm Bureau, with help from several partners, has released a forecast for Colorado’s agriculture industry.
Shawn Martini is Vice President of Advocacy at the CFB. He says the project was an outgrowth of the Farm Bureau’s 100th anniversary in 2019 when it began the Future of Agriculture in Colorado Task Force.
Martini: “ And we really did bring a diverse group of people together. We have people from chambers of commerce. We have people from the healthcare industry, people from the energy and transportation industry. We had a representative from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and from the World Trade Center in Denver. Just a really broad group of people, diverse group of people who could take their expertise and what their industries were looking at in terms of challenges and opportunities going forward, apply that to agriculture and rural Colorado.
Martini says the report takes a deep dive into the forces that will continue to shape agriculture. It makes some suggestions to policymakers at all levels of government, community leaders, business owners, and people who live in rural Colorado about what they can do to help strengthen the agriculture industry and rural communities more generally.
The report is posted at www.Coloradofarmbureau.com.
The taskforce met before COVID-19. The report’s authors say the findings are especially important and relevant as the state ag industry navigates the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.