Chair of Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, Kerry Donovan, Embarks on State-wide Tour of Colorado

Colorado’s farmers & ranchers have an important story to tell – Senator Donovan is ready to listen 

Denver, CO — On January 18th, Senator Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, began a state-wide listening tour, focused on the present state of Colorado’s agriculture industry. This week, she conducted meetings, both virtually and in-person, with agriculture industry leaders from a number of organizations, including the Colorado Wool Growers Association, the Colorado Livestock Association, the National Western Stock Show, Colorado Wheat, Colorado Future Farmers of America, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, and the Colorado Potato Advisory Committee, among others. 

“Agriculture isn’t just a ‘rural issue.’ The agriculture industry is an irreplaceable thread in the tapestry of Colorado’s economy – their success is the state’s success,” said Senator Donovan. “As the Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee, it’s my job to make sure that the voices of Colorado’s farmers and ranchers are being heard at the Capitol. I plan to come back from this tour prepared to amplify their voices – the story of Colorado’s future isn’t complete without them.”

Colorado’s diverse agricultural and food industry contributes significantly to the state’s economy – generating economic activity in the range of $40 billion annually. Colorado agriculture supports more than 170,000 jobs and is home to some of the nation’s leading processed foods companies. Colorado also ranks first in the country for the production of proso millet and in the top ten in approximately 20 other commodities, including cattle, winter wheat, market sheep, wool production, alfalfa, potatoes, onions, apples, peaches, grapes, and melons.

The most pressing challenges that lie ahead for Colorado all have a major impact on agriculture: COVID-19, water and drought, wildfires, labor shortages, and more. No one understands those issues better than the people on the ground whose lives and livelihood depend on a prosperous future for the agriculture industry. Their stories will illuminate a path forward, and Senator Donovan aims to carry them back to the Capitol with her, prepared to share her insights and meet this critical moment with the knowledge and energy it requires.

Three of every four Colorado residents believe agriculture is important to the quality of life in the state. One out of three rank agriculture as the most important economic sector in Colorado, followed by tourism and high tech.

Senator Donovan plans to visit 15 counties during roughly 30 different stops across all four corners of the state. Over the next few weeks, she will meet with farmers, ranchers, small business owners, researchers, and other industry leaders to hear their stories about the challenges they’re currently facing and their vision  for the future of agriculture in Colorado.

On Monday, January 25th at 10:00am, Senator Donovan will host a virtual roundtable, convening subject area experts from Colorado State University to discuss potential solutions to some of the issues she has heard about thus far. That call will be open to the press.

For interviews and additional information, please contact Senator Donovan’s office at (303) 866-4871 or at

Senator Donovan currently serves as the Senate President Pro Temp. She began her service in the State Senate in 2015. She has previously served as a Vail Town Councilwoman and as Director of Academics at the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. Senator Donovan also runs the Copper Bar Ranch located in Edwards. She serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Local Government Committee. She can be reached via and by phone at 303-866-4871.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.