media release

Colorado Department of Agriculture



August 22, 2012


Christi Lightcap, (303) 239-4190, 

Timothy J. Larsen, (303) 239-4118,


Growth in Colorado Agricultural Exports Important for State


LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Colorado’s agricultural exports increased by $107.1 million or 18 percent to $710.1 million in the first six months of 2012 over 2011, led by export increases in meats, dairy, wheat and dry beans. 


Colorado agriculture is the fabric of this state, with quality locally grown products sold from our local farmers markets to markets abroad, rich with opportunity,” said Colorado Agricultural Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar. “We are enthused about the continued growth of Colorado’s agricultural exports to international markets which contribute to Colorado’s economic vitality.”


Colorado’s agricultural export increases were led by Colorado’s leading agricultural commodities.


Colorado’s top export markets continue to lead in agricultural exports.


“Agricultural exports are often a major share of Colorado’s total exports to our key international markets,” said Salazar. “It is important that we continue to advocate for further access in global markets for our agricultural products.  Colorado’s agricultural exports have further growth opportunities as we work to open and expand global markets.”



International marketing specialists are available to assist in beginning and expanding Colorado’s export markets.  Assistance includes training for export operations, assessment of market options, international finance and accessing USDA funding support for exporters.  For more information visit, call (303) 239-4118 or e-mail




Editor’s Note:  Colorado's agricultural export statistics are from the U.S. Census export data, utilizing the Global Trade Information Services database which publishes monthly official government trade statistics.