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trees as existing homeowners invest in productive
landscaping improvements. Cash receipts for this
sector are estimated at $255 million in 2011 and
are projected to remain at that level in 2012. With
four years of decline beginning in 2006 and a weak
housing market, the stability of the past two years
may be reason for optimism. This sector continues
to be under-recognized for its contribution to the
Colorado agricultural economy.
Volatile energy and fertilizer markets, as well as
prices, will continue to be “wild cards” for Colorado’s agricultural economy, which will challenge
business planning, risk management, and economic forecasting. Colorado’s Agriculture Sector is
among the most diverse in the nation, and Colorado farmers and ranchers have proven to be quite
resilient and innovative. Many farmers and ranchers continue diversifying operations and seeking
additional sources of revenue to strengthen their businesses. Agritourism continues to expand in
the state, with producers inviting the public onto
their lands to experience pu...
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