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Colorado survey shows support for ag

98% agree that the presence of ranches, farms, and agriculture is important to the quality of life.

January 25, 2023

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Nearly all Coloradans want to support our state's agricultural industry, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and Colorado State University (CSU). 

The survey shows 98% of respondents agreed that Colorado's food and ag industry is important to the state's future economic development; that the presence of ranches, farms, and agriculture is important to the quality of life in Colorado; and that it is important to maintain land and water in Colorado for agricultural purposes.  Beginning in 1996 and approximately every five years since, CDA and CSU have partnered to conduct the Public Attitudes About Colorado Agriculture survey. 

This year's findings found public support for Colorado's agriculture industry continues to be exceptionally strong. 

According to the survey, more than 90% of Coloradans put agriculture in their top three most important ways Colorado can use its water and 98% believe Colorado's land and water resources should be used to support efforts to increase food security. 

The 2022 survey, completed this fall by independent researcher ETC Institute, surveyed more than 1,100 Coloradans.

Source: Colorado Department of Agriculture

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