"Value chain" study reveals opportunities for innovation in Colorado agriculture sector

By: Steve Friday March 8, 2013 0 comments Tags: Fort Collins, Gregory Graff, John Salazar

FORT COLLINS - A Colorado State University study released Thursday reveals linkages that tie the state's agriculture industry together and provides an opportunity to build bridges between the commodities and communities that make up the industry, CSU announced.CSU logo

"The Value Chain of Colorado Agriculture" is a joint project funded by CSU's Office of Engagement and the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The study maps the economic relationships among the various sectors of Colorado's ag industry, one of the largest contributors to the state's economy.

"The value chain analysis is exciting for Colorado's agricultural industry," said John Salazar, Colorado commissioner of agriculture. "We can now base decisions that shape our future on comprehensive information encompassing all of Colorado's agriculture industries instead of individual commodities.

"This provides everyone -- from consumers to producers to policy makers -- the opportunity to form decisions based on a common starting point."

Agriculture contributes at least $40 billion annually to the state's economy but is often perceived as a collection of separate commodity groups. CSU said the value chain study makes connections among the sometimes disparate industries and sectors.

CSU said results of the value chain study can aid with strategic decision-making on issues ranging from workforce to natural resources to regulatory policies.

In the end, the study is designed to promote additional conversations that can result in calculated investments and innovative solutions for agriculture, CSU said.

"There are only a few regions in the U.S. with a comparable confluence of agriculture, research, technology and urban resources," said Gregory Graff, associate professor in the CSU Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and lead author of the study.

"This overlap of agriculture on a significant scale and scope and a high-tech urban corridor holds all of the ingredients necessary to spawn an innovation cluster."

A series of outreach meetings with various ag interests is in the planning stages. For more information,, contact Jim Beers at 970-491-2332 or [email protected].

The complete study is available at www.outreach.colostate.edu.

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