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Colorado Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Colorado Statistics page. Here you will find frequently requested data specific to this state from AFT's Farms Under Threat: The State of the States report, the National Resources Inventory, the Census of Agriculture, and the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program survey. You also can link to additional information and data sources.

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Farms Under Threat

National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

Other Data Sources

Farms Under Threat: The State of the States

All estimates represent figures for the Conterminous U.S.

Total and Agricultural Land Cover/Use

Data Item Acres
Total land area in 2016 66,617,900
Agricultural land in 2016 32,585,200
Cropland in 2016 7,854,900
Pastureland in 2016 1,331,200
Rangeland  in 2016 23,258,100
Woodland in 2016 141,000
Agricultural land in 2001 32,560,100

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 5,623,500
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 5,575,900
Best agricultural land in 2016 15,918,900
Best agricultural land in 2001 16,089,500

Nationally Significant agricultural land is the land best-suited to long-term, intensive crop production within the Conterminous United States; and each state’s “best land” is approximately the better half of all agricultural land in each state. For more information about these categories of high-quality agricultural land and how they were identified, see the interactive website for Farms Under Threat: The State of the States, and the fact sheet about AFT’s Productivity, Versatility, and Resiliency (PVR) Analysis.

Agricultural Land Converted from 2001-2016

Data Item Acres
Agricultural land developed or compromised 234,900
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 124,300
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 110,600
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 16,300
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 5,200
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 11,100
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 77,100
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 35,500
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 41,600

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 144,300 99,900 35,900 601,700
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 36,615,400 36,406,200 36,235,300 37,174.900
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 1,657,500 1,613,100 1,587,800 1,747,800
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) NA 10,400 4,000 120,300
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) NA 2,900 1,300 20,100
Total surface area (acres) 66,624,500 66,624,500 66,624,500 66,624,500

Census of Agriculture

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 37,054 36,180 38,893
Land in Farms (acres) 31,604,911 31,886,676 31,820,957
Cropland (acres) 11,483,936 10,649,747 11,056,259
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 17,830,125 19,223,470 18,801,276
Woodland (acres) 1,381,543 1,355,119 1,308,918
Land in Buildings (acres) 909,307 658,340 654,504
Total Land Area (acres) 66,617,920 66,617,920 66,617,920
All operators/All producers 60,684 59,269 70,173
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 4,374 4,357 5,427
All operators/All producers 65 and older 13,945 16,997 23,284
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 39,850
Principal producers 55,739
Principal producers 34 and younger 3,978
Principal producers 65 and older 20,017
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 15,889
Principal operators / Primary producers 37,054 36,180 38,893
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 1,806 1,909 2,383
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 10,924 12,326 14,809
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 10,508
Market value of agricultural products sold $6,061,134,000 $7,780,874,000 $7,491,702,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $163,576 $215,060 $192,623
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $22,584,000 $19,199,000 $29,911,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products $91,315,000

Notes on Changes to the 2017 Census of Agriculture

  • Producer characteristic data were collected for a maximum of four producers on each farm, up from a maximum of three producers in prior years.
  • Principal producer is a new term that identifies up to two main decision-makers on each farm, up from one principal operator in prior years.
  • Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers expanded to include value-added products.
  • Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products is a new data item.

 


Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

For summaries of PACE activity by state, use the links for the downloadable table or most recent fact sheets on the national statistics page under Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs.


Other Data Sources

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