Colorado Proud: Consumers want to feel connected to farmers

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A group is coming to a local city to talk about the agricultural industry in Colorado.

Members of Colorado Proud will be at the farmers market in Grand Junction on Thursday night. It's part of their project called 'Faces and Stories of Colorado's Agriculture.' They recently found that consumers across the state want to feel more connected to farmers and food sources.

Related: Click here to learn more from the Colorado Proud website.

The group wants to create a dialog among industry leaders and Colorado consumers. The goal is to embrace local farmers and create a conversation about the power of growing and buying local.

More than 34,000 farms in the state provide at least 173,000 jobs, according to Colorado Proud. They contribute to more than $41 billion to the state's economy every year.

In addition, the group said the state's ag industry provides more than $2 billion dollars in exported products worldwide.

Click above to see what experts have to say about the industry.

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