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Water Facts

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  • As a headwater state, Colorado supplies water to 18 other states and Mexico
  • The South Platte River Compact  essentially gives Nebraska a 120cfs 6/14/1897 water right from April 1,-October 15 every year.
  • An estimated 80 percent of Colorado's water supply originates as snowpack
  • The total amount of water in the world remains constant – only its elemental form changes
  • Water is the only substance found naturally on earth in all elemental forms - solid, liquid and gas
  • About 1 percent of the Earth's water is suitable for drinking
  • An average shower uses 25 to 50 gallons of water
  • The water used in our district from the South Platte has in most cases already been used by upstream farms, municipalities, industries and recreation.

Farm Facts

  • Careful stewardship by America’s food producers has spurred a 34% decline in erosion of cropland by wind and water since 1982
  • One U.S. farm feeds 166 people annually in the U.S. and abroad. The global population is expected to increase by 2.2 billion by 2050, which means the world’s farmers will have to grow about 70% more food than what is now produced
  • Farm and ranch families comprise less than 2% of the U.S. population
  • Farm programs typically cost each American just pennies per meal and account for less than one-half of 1% of the total U.S. budget

Colorado Farm Facts

  • Colorado agriculture is more than just food. Farmers and ranchers help create products in construction, manufacturing, health care, education, transportation and personal care including: X-ray film, paper, shoes, soaps, cosmetics, hydraulic brake fluid, ball bearings, bandages, piano keys, plastics, insulation, linoleum, crayons, footballs, tires, perfume, detergents and shaving cream
  • There are more than 170,000 jobs in Colorado related to agribusiness, contributing more than $40 billion annually to Colorado’s economy
  • Colorado ranks first in production of proso millet. This annual grass is grown as a grain crop and is used for bird and livestock feed in the U.S. The grain is also gaining momentum as an ingredient in gluten-free foods
  • Cattle and Calves is Colorado’s number one agricultural commodity with 2.8 million head of cattle in the state
  • There are 31,000 bee colonies in Colorado producing nearly 1.5 million pounds of honey every year
  •  Colorado Proud Fun Facts PDF
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