Bennet Statement on Growth of Colorado Agriculture Exports

Recent Held 8 Farm Bill Listening Sessions in Colorado Over Past Month

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today released the following statement on news that Colorado’s agricultural exports increased 20 percent to $718 million in the first seven months of 2011 over last year’s exports:

“The continuing growth of Colorado’s agricultural exports is a testament to the hard work of farmers and ranchers across our state – from the Western Slope to the Eastern Plains and everywhere in between.

“Farming and ranching is a critical part of Colorado’s economy, and it is important that our Ag producers get the support they need to continue to thrive. I’ve made it a priority to meet with producers statewide and listen to their suggestions for improving the farm economy. As work on the Farm Bill begins, I will keep their input in mind and strive to make Colorado the best state for farming and ranching in the country.”

Recently, Bennet unveiled a Farm Bill survey on his website to garner feedback as Congress looks ahead to work on the 2012 Farm Bill. The survey can be found at or by clicking on the Farm Bill link on his website.

For more information on Colorado’s agricultural export growth from the state Department of Agriculture, click here.