The role of agriculture in the Gunnison Basin
Agriculture in the Gunnison Basin
The Gunnison River Basin includes all of portions of seven counties, all of which area engage in various levels of diverse agricultural activities that include the production of (but not limited to) field and sweet corn, hops, beans, peppers, onions, broccoli, potatoes, squash, vegetable seed, melons, grapes, peaches, apples, pears, cherries, apricots, alfalfa and grass hay, pasture forages, wheat, barley, and oats. Livestock operations include cow/calf, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, hogs, horses, chickens, and even elk.
Good Planning = Good Projects
In recent years much focus has been on the creation and/or updating of planning documents with prioritization schemes, funding strategies and related implementation guidance for the improvement and modernization of irrigation infrastructure in the Gunnison Basin.
As these relevant planning documents are published and made publicly available, they will be archived on this website.
Sep5Agriculture in the Gunnison Basin
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