Author: Dawn Thilmany

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There is a proposed ordinance to ban the operation of existing and future livestock harvest operations in Denver, a hub of lamb processing for the state and nation, representing 15- 20% of US lamb harvest capacity. The most pessimistic potential economic impact to the Colorado economy is a reduction of $861 million in current economic activity and 2,787 jobs after accounting for multiplier effects.…

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Approximately 98% of Coloradans surveyed agreed that Colorado’s food and ag industry is important to the state’s future economic development. Over 75% feel that it is very or somewhat important that farm/ranch labor is treated fairly in terms of pay and working conditions when making food purchasing decisions.…

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A cooperative is a business that is owned and controlled by the people who use its In 2020, there were 25 farm cooperatives headquartered in Colorado with 20,000+ Many other types of coops also exist that serve the agricultural, farm, and food communities Cooperatives represent an important form of business organization in Colorado, both in terms of number of members and net business volumes.…

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COVID accelerated the move to online sales platforms for food purchases Delivery and curbside pickup of online food purchases have held steady or grown across all market channels during the pandemic Adoption of online sales may persist among some buyers, while others will choose to return to stores and restaurants, offering food enterprises more options to market their products The COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health and social distancing mandates caused unprecedented shifts and disruptions for local and regional food systems (LRFS).…

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Agritourism has been recognized as an entrepreneurial activity that has the potential to diversify agricultural businesses and stimulate rural development of surrounding communities From 2007-2012, the number of farms and ranches with agritourism in the S. grew 42%, and grew 27% in Colorado Most Colorado agritourism operations and counties with high agritourism revenues are located near natural capital and/or assets, such as those in the Rocky Mountain region, or near urban centers with a population drawn to natural amenities such as the Front Range Agritourism is any recreational or educational activity on a working farm or ranch for which consumers pay.…

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The entry of additional food hubs in a county may cannibalize sales of incumbent Food hubs require more potential buyers in a market than traditional merchant Counties with a high level of social capital and that have small local food businesses may be able to lower the population threshold necessary for a food hub to be viable.…

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There are a number of competitive strategic positions emerging in the food manufacturing sector Consumer trends and new competitive factors have resulted in a bimodal structure in a number of food and beverage subsectors, several of which are presented as case studies here Such restructuring may provide market access and economic development opportunities Consumers continue to show strong interest in locally-produced, niche and artisanal food brands, but even so, the level of consolidation in national food brands persists.…

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In 2018 Nourish Colorado’s Double Up Food Bucks program provided $167,911 of incentives that resulted in $452K of economic impact to Colorado’s economy Fruit and vegetable incentive programs provide economy-wide benefits in addition to the health benefits for low-income families of more affordable produce Food assistance programs take many forms.…

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Colorado Humanities and the Regional Economic Development Institute at Colorado State University feature panelists Dr. Stephan Weiler, Elizabeth Garner, Kat Papenbrock, Dr. Michael Seman, and Greg Thomason discussing the challenges in economic innovation faced by rural Coloradans, never more so than during the COVID era. Moderated by Dr.…

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Colorado Humanities and the Regional Economic Development Institute at Colorado State University feature panelists Sonja Chavez from the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, Heather Knight from the Center for Collaborative Conservation, Wade Shelton from the Trust for Public Lands, and Mike Lester from the Colorado State Forest Service discussing natural resource assets, water headlands, and conservation efforts in Colorado.…
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