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Technology Boom in Colorado

Luke Runyon
Harvest Public Media/KUNC
Tom Trout studies irrigation technology, one area where Colorado is innovating, for the USDA. Here, he examines a sunflower test plot in rural Weld County, Colo. Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media/KUNC

Colorado is leading the nation with innovation, in recent years Boulder and Denver have become as home to tech startup companies in an unlikely industry. Agriculture is where the money’s at in Colorado these days; growers are patenting new technology in irrigation, food science and plant genetics according to a report from NPR correspondent Luke Runyoon.

"We're poised, if we play our cards right, both as a state government, as a land grant institution [Colorado State University] as an industry, to become the Silicon Valley for agriculture in the 21st century," says Greg Graff of Colorado State University.

According to The Emergence of an Innovation Cluster in the Agricultural Value Chain along Colorado's Front Range, a report by Graff published in 2014. These industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall.

Neighborhoods in Colorado are being structured around gardens, small farms and food hubs, taking the local food movement to a scale where it is actually having a measurable effect on the city's economy. According to Runyon.

For the full story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/tjesalt/2015/03/26/395531583/is-agriculture?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=food