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Did you know that 31.8 million acres, nearly half of the land in Colorado, is used as farmland? For many, outdoor activities and beautiful mountain ranges are the only things that come to mind, but Colorado has rich and fertile soils and miles of pasture producing crops and animal products in abundance. Colorado ranks in the top 10 in U.S. exports for two major commodity categories, Wheat and Beef/Veal. In 2018, cattle and dairy products made up nearly 60% of the state’s agricultural production.

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colorado Farmland Returns

Over the last 20 years, colorado farmland has offered average returns of 9.6%. At this rate, $10,000 invested in farmland in 1999 would now be worth over $106,400. Farmland returns are made up of two values, land appreciation, and capitalization rates of the property. Total farmland returns have been positive every year since 1990.

9.6%

Average Annual Returns

Cumulative Returns of Farmland

Source: NCREIF

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9.6%

Standard Deviation of Returns

Year Over Year Change (%)

Source: NCREIF

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