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Agritourism continues to expand in the state with

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Unformatted text preview: mpkin patches, corn mazes, bird watching, hunting, fishing, and other rural agriculture-related activities. Specialty crops continue to add great value and diversity to our agricultural economy. Colorado wineries, numbered at nearly 100, are making award-winning wines from grapes grown in the state, and new crops, like hops and millet, are emerging and finding markets. Moreover, Colorado has one of the 10-fastest growth rates among all states for new farmer’s markets. The total value of sales of forestry products, services, and fees received by Colorado farmers exceeds $700 million annually. Government payments for commodity programs, conservation, and disaster assistance also bolster farm income, totaling $227 million in 2011. Reduced government payments of $195 million are forecast for 2012 in Colorado. Landowners are also capturing increased lease payments associated with the development of wind farms, predominantly on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. The record contribution of Colorado’s farmers and ranchers in 2011 to the state’s economic recovery is p...
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