Agriculture

The State Land Board offers the following surface leases for agriculture:

  • Grazing
  • Dry land crop production
  • Irrigated farming

We own 2.8 million acres of land in Colorado, and 98% of our land is leased for agriculture.

Your agriculture rent payment supports Colorado public schools.  

How can we help you?

We have seven offices throughout the state:  view our contact list for the office that handles agriculture leases in your county. 

    

Our Mission

We are guided by our Constitutional mission to steward trust land in order to earn reasonable and consistent money for Colorado public schools. Your agriculture rent payments have helped us earn $1.4 billion for Colorado public schools in the past decade.

Our 2026 Strategic Plan outlines four bold goals, including to "protect and enhance the long-term economic value of the trust’s physical assets: land, water, commercial real estate, and mineral estate."

Stewardship matters to us because our land has to earn money for future generations of schoolchildren. We know that the term stewardship can mean a number of things to different people. Our agency defines stewardship as "an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources." 

Read the strategic plan

Our History

We've been stewarding trust lands since statehood in 1876, and many of your families have held leases with us for generations. Our history dates to America's founding in the 1700s. 

In the 1780s America’s founders were preparing for westward expansion at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Thomas Jefferson developed a system -- today often referred to as the Jeffersonian Grid -- to orderly track and divide land into 36-square-mile townships/ranges/sections.

Each state that joined the union after the war received a certain number of 1-mile sections to be held in a trust and used for public beneficiaries, usually public schools. Colorado received 2 sections per township totalling 4 million acres at statehood in 1876. These are Colorado's trust lands.

Featured Video: Grazing at Chancellor Ranch

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