The College of Agricultural Sciences

Agribusiness Friendliness Index

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Colorado


Colorado agribusinesses enjoy a number of favorable policies that contribute to a relatively high third place ranking in the overall index.  Job churning (representing the percent of new jobs created relative to the state’s overall job base) is very high, reflecting good economic growth and vitality.  Coloradoans live healthy, active lives, which contributes to the high ranking on the Well-Being Index.  There are no additional ambient air quality standards above those set by the federal government.  Colorado has right to farm laws and favorable worker’s compensation rates.  State government is efficient with its tax revenues, there are no estate taxes and schools are well above average.  Negatives include relatively high state sales taxes and the ease by which ballot initiatives can be used to create laws.



Agricultural Input Index

Agricultural Processing Index

Score

Rank

Grade

Overall

6.78

4th

A

Government

Regulations

3.05

49th

F

State Tort Liability Laws

4.45

35th

D

E-Verify Laws

10.00

1st

A

Conservation Easement Acres

0.81

21st

C

Ambient Air Quality Standards – Above

0.00

50th

F

Ambient Air Quality Standards – Beyond

0.00

48th

F

Government

Efficiency of Revenues & Expenditures

5.58

12th

B

Worker’s Compensation

7.5

8th

A

Top Individual Capital Gains Tax

0.64

49th

F

Individual Income Tax

0.00

50th

F

Corporation Taxes

1.86

43rd

F

State Sales Tax

1.99

40th

D

Unemployment Insurance Tax

7.48

13th

B

State Tax:GDP Efficiency

4.77

31st

D

Government

Services

1.50

49th

F

Infrastructure Score

1.31

47th

F

8th Grade Math Proficiency

1.88

44th

F

8th Grade Reading Proficiency

1.08

47th

F

Percentage of Population with HS Diploma

0.94

48th

F

Bachelor’s Degrees in Agriculture, Environment &Science

2.28

27th

C

Business Climate

5.35

49th

F

Job Churning

4.85

23rd

C

Electricity Prices

6.40

41st

F

Diesel Fuel Prices

4.66

46th

F

Labor Availability

10.00

1st

A

Ballot Initiative

0.00

50th

F

Well-Being Index

6.22

18th

B



Crops, Fruits and Vegetables Index

Crops, Fruits and Vegetables Index

Score

Rank

Grade

Overall

6.2/

7th

A

Government

Regulation

6.13

12th

B

State Tort Liability Laws

8.23

8th

A

E-Verify Laws

6.25

34th

D

Right-To-Farm

10.00

1st

A

Conservation Easement Acres

0.04

23rd

C

Government

Efficiency of Revenues & Expenditures

7.50

9th

A

Worker’s Compensation

7.955

8th

A

Estate Taxes

10.00

1st

A

Top Individual Capital Gains Tax

5.79

19th

B

Sales Tax

1.21

44th

F

Property Taxes

8.75

21st

C

Sales Tax Exemption

10.00

1st

A

State Tax:GDP Efficiency

8.82

5th

A

Government

Services

6.86

8th

A

State Infrastructure

3.86

19th

B

8th Grade Math Proficiency

7.59

7th

A

8th Grade Reading Proficiency

7.69

6th

A

Population with High School Diploma

8.29

15th

B

Business Climate

4.61

42nd

F

Production Cost Index

6.11

21st

C

Diesel Fuel Prices

7.68

19th

B

State Funding of Agriculture Department

0.83

31st

D

Labor Availability

5.88

22nd

C

Land Availability

5.57

41st

F

Land Price

0.66

45th

F

Population in Rural/Small Cities

2.05

38th

D

Ballot Initiative

4.93

48th

F

Farm Operator Age

5.35

26th

C

Cropland Operation Acreage

4.77

6th

A

Mean Welder Wage

7.06

40th

D

Mean Mechanic Wage

4.46

41st

F



Meats and Livestock Products Index

Meats and Livestock Products Index

Score

Rank

Grade

Overall

6.57

2nd

A

Government

Regulation

7.57

2nd

A

State Tort Liability Laws

8.23

8th

A

E-Verify Laws

6.25

34th

D

Right-To-Farm

10.00

1st

A

Conservation Easement Acres

5.80

2nd

A

Government

Efficiency of Revenues & Expenditures

7.50

9th

A

Worker’s Compensation

7.95

8th

A

Estate Taxes

10.00

1st

A

Top Individual Capital Gains Tax

5.79

19th

B

Sales Tax

1.21

44th

F

Property Taxes

8.75

21st

C

Sales Tax Exemption

10.00

1st

A

State Tax:GDP Efficiency

8.82

5th

A

Government

Services

6.86

8th

A

State Infrastructure

3.86

19th

B

8th Grade Math Proficiency

7.59

7th

A

8th Grade Reading Proficiency

7.69

6th

A

Population with High School Diploma

8.29

15th

B

Business Climate

4.34

45th

F

Production Cost Index

6.11

21st

C

Diesel Fuel Prices

7.68

19th

B

State Funding of Agriculture Department

0.83

31st

D

Labor Availability

5.88

22nd

C

Land Availability

5.57

41st

F

Land Price

0.66

45th

F

Population in Rural/Small Cities

2.05

38th

D

Ballot Initiative

4.93

48th

F

Farm Operator Age

5.35

26th

C

Livestock Operation Acreage

1.47

10th

A

Mean Welder Wage

7.06

40th

D

Mean Mechanic Wage

4.46

41st

F



Agricultural Processing Index

Agricultural Processing Index

Score

Rank

Grade

Overall

6.38

4th

A

Government

Regulations

6.61

21st

C

State Tort Liability Laws

8.23

8th

A

E-Verify Laws

6.25

34th

D

Conservation Easement Acres

1.05

17th

B

Ambient Air Quality Standards – Above

10.00

1st

A

Ambient Air Quality Standards – Beyond

7.50

31st

D

Government

Efficiency of Revenues & Expenditures

5.58

12th

B

Worker’s Compensation

7.95

8th

A

Top Individual Capital Gains Tax

5.79

19th

B

Individual Income Tax

6.00

16th

B

Corporation Taxes

3.17

19th

B

State Sales Tax

1.21

44th

F

Unemployment Insurance Tax

6.14

23rd

C

State Tax:GDP Efficiency

8.82

5th

A

Government

Services

6.10

9th

A

Infrastructure Score

3.86

19th

B

8th Grade Math Proficiency

7.59

7th

A

8th Grade Reading Proficiency

7.69

6th

A

Percentage of Population with HS Diploma

8.29

15th

B

Bachelor’s Degrees in Agriculture, Environment &Science

3.08

16th

B

Business Climate

7.24

9th

A

Job Churning

7.91

6th

A

Electricity Prices

8.44

30th

C

Diesel Fuel Prices

7.68

19th

B

Labor Availability

5.88

22nd

C

Ballot Initiative

4.93

48th

F

Well-Being Index

8.57

2nd

A