In anticipation of the 2018 Farm Bill debate, the Colorado land trust community has collaborated with Colorado State University to understand better the economic stimulus created by Farm Bill conservation easement programs in Colorado.
CSU researchers have found that between 2009 and 2017, the federal Farm Bill invested some $80 million in conservation easements in Colorado, which:
- Helped to conserve more than 129,000 acres of farm and ranch lands;
- Generated more than $174 million in economic activity in the state;
- Helped to create 1,102 Colorado jobs and almost $86 million in value-added;
- Leveraged local, state, or private funds at a rate of 2:1 on federal investment; and
- Injected the vast majority of dollars and conservation benefits to rural Colorado, supporting a vibrant and robust agricultural economy.