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2010 Report Card

The 2010 Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Card

Each section of the 2010 Report Card is dedicated to agriculture in the Rockies. It provides the statistical overview of the region's industry, but also delves deep into agricultural history, land and water use, demographics, production, finance, organization, and a "foodprint" of Rockies' agriculture. Enjoy!

The Rockies Project aims to inspire Report Card readers and Rockies events attendees to creatively contemplate, discuss, and engage in shaping the future of our beloved, beautiful, and fragile region-the Rocky Mountain West.


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Table of Contents

An Introduction from the President - The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: Research, Report, Engage!
Richard F. Celeste, president, Colorado College

Colorado College, The Rocky Mountain West, and The State of the Rockies Project
Walter E. Hecox, project director, State of the Rockies

Editors’ Preface
Walter E. Hecox, Editor, State of the Rockies Project
Elizabeth Kolbe, Program Coordinator, State of the Rockies Project

Rockies Baseline: Vital Signs for a Region in Transition
Elizabeth Kolbe, Program Coordinator, State of the Rockies Project

Overview Section: History - A Look Back at the Historical Role of Agriculture in the Rockies
Patrick Creeden, State of the Rockies Project

Agricultural Overview Tables

Overview Section: Land and Water - Common Ground for Competing Uses
Katherine Sherwood, State of the Rockies Project

Overview Section: Demographics - The Changing Face of Agriculture in the Rockies
Zoe Wick, State of the Rockies Project

Overview Section: Production - From Cows to Corn, Agricultural Production in the Rockies
Russell Clarke, State of the Rockies Project

Overview Section: Finance - The Economic Stability of Farms and Ranches in the Rockies
Emil Dimantchev, State of the Rockies Project

Overview Section: Organization - Size, Type, and Classification of Farms and Ranches in the Rockies
Jayash Paudel, State of the Rockies Project

Case Study: Alternative Agricultural Enterprises
Emil Dimantchev and Jayash Paudel, State of the Rockies Project

Agriculture's Ecological "Foodprint"
Gregory Zimmerman, Guest Contributor

Methods, Additional Acknowledgements, and Contributors