The Colorado Department of Agriculture is committed to strengthening agriculture's future, providing consumer protection; promoting environmental quality and animal health; and ensuring equity and integrity in business and government.
Under the direction of Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar, the department proudly serves the state through seven divisions: Animal Industry, Brand Inspection, the Colorado State Fair, Conservation Services, Inspection & Consumer Services, Markets, and Plants.
Colorado’s diverse agricultural and food industry contributes significantly to the state’s economy generating economic activity in the range of $40 billion annually including purchases of crop inputs, feed, livestock and equipment; rents paid and expenses for labor and custom hire; cash receipts from sales of crops and livestock; and value-added thru processing. Colorado agriculture supports more than 170,000 jobs and is home to some of the nation’s leading processed foods companies. Colorado ranks first in the country for the production of proso millet and in the top ten in approximately 20 other commodities including cattle and calves, winter wheat, market sheep and lambs, wool production, alfalfa, potatoes, onions, apples, peaches, grapes and melons.
Three of every four Colorado residents believe agriculture is important to the quality of life in the state. One out of three rank agriculture as the most important economic sector in Colorado, followed by tourism and high tech .