US (CO): Gov. Polis touts recently passed ag bill benefiting Colorado growers while conserving more water

Gov. Jared Polis made a few stops in the Roaring Fork Valley on Tuesday, August 23, ending his trip in Silt to talk about the future of agriculture and water conservation.

“We saw the future of agriculture today, the future of food production, and it’s a more sustainable future, which it has to be when we’re having these tough discussions about the Colorado River Compact and the changing nature of water in the west,” Polis said.

Polis recently signed House Bill 22-1301, which will utilize indoor hydroponic farming for a controlled environment growing year-round in Colorado and use less water than traditional agriculture methods. 

“With increased demand and increased population in Colorado, and decreased water, we have to be able to do this in a more efficient way, and this is an example that’s already been done in Europe,” Polis said. “There are three or four large-scale facilities in Colorado, this being the largest, and we’re going to be seeing more.”

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