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The tables below offer information about Colorado agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.
Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
As you can see from the table below, Colorado ranks 16th among the states for total agricultural production. Thanks to a strong cattle industry, Colorado ranks among the top ten states in the production of livestock and livestock products.
Colorado's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists Colorado's top commodities in each of Colorado's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
By far, cattle and calves are the most important commodities to the state of Colorado. Over 60% of the state's total agricultural receipts are provided by cattle and calves. Dairy products are also an important Colorado product, with the production of hogs, sheep and lambs, and eggs contributing.
The most important commodities within the crop group are corn for grain and greenhouse and nursery products. Wheat and hay are also important. Potatoes complete the list of Colorado's top five crops.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Colorado.
Mushrooms are among the top 25 commodities produced in Colorado but, because specific data are not available, it is not known how they rank among the others.
The 2004 table above contains information about Colorado agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.
The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).
The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of cattle and calves produced in Colorado is 3,342,808. This number represents a dollar value of $3,342,808,000 (3,342,808 x 1,000): three billion, three hundred and forty-two million, eight hundred and eight thousand dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Colorado. For example, cattle and calves account for 60.8% of Colorado's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of cattle and calves add up to over 3/5 of Colorado's total agricultural production.
National ranking highlights - 2004
Colorado farms and farmland - 2004
Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.
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