Food On Your Table

Top Colorado agricultural products (2012) – USDA Economic Research Service

  1. Cattle and calves
  2. Corn
  3. Dairy products, Milk
  4. Wheat
  5. Hay

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Where they are grown across the state

Because Colorado has a very diverse landscape, each region of the state has unique capabilities to grow a variety of crops.
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How old and how heavy are the different livestock species when they are processed for meat?

Every livestock species matures at a different rate, and the time of slaughter depends on many factors, like the type of feed given and the purpose for the meat.

  • Beef cattle are usually between 850-1,100 lbs. and are anywhere from 1-2 years old.
  • Lambs average around 135 lbs. and are typically around 8 months old.
  • Pigs average between 240-260 lbs. are typically around 6 months old.
  • Chickens (raised for meat vs. egg-laying hens) weigh about 5-6 lbs. and are around 6-8 weeks old.

Is America’s food supply at risk?

At any given time, there is enough food in grocery stores to last around 3-5 days, depending on the location and number of people who live in the area. While this may give the impression that our food supply is very insecure, the efficiencies of farmers and ranchers along with the logistics of our food supply chain can easily keep the shelves full every day.

Exports and Imports

According to the USDA, in 2013 the United States exported nearly $130 billion and imported over $95 billion worth of agricultural products. Agriculture exports are just one of a few areas of trade, where the US has a surplus. For more information on US agricultural exports and imports click here

Did you know…

each farmer feeds about 155 people every day? In 1960, that number was only 26 people!

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