Colorado Agriculture at a Glance

Contributing over $9 billion to the state economy, Colorado’s agriculture industry provides a safe, abundant food supply while generating economic activity that is critical to this state’s vitality. 

Luckily, many of these landowners choose to place a conservation easement on their land to preserve the agricultural heritage, water, wildlife habitat, and wide open spaces for which their land provides. This further enhances the economic benefit and beauty we all enjoy.

Pictured here is Billington Ranch owner and operator Bill Donley cutting his 2014 crop of alfalfa in Wetmore, Colorado. In 2012, Colorado ranked 9th in the country for alfalfa production with a total contribution to the state economy of $326 million dollars. To review the full 2012 Colorado Agricultural Statistics Report produced by the United States Department of Agriculture, click here.

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Bill is a 4th generation Colorado rancher and San Isabel Board Member who chose to protect his land with a conservation easement held by San Isabel Land Protection Trust. 

“Placing a conservation easement on our family ranch insures us of what WON'T happen to the land and water when we're gone.” Bill Donley


(Photo credit: Kate Hogins, Preservation Photography)


We have protected more than 42,000 acres through 134 conservation easements.

Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection – through generations of landowners.