Salazar Retiring

Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar is retiring at the end of the year. The San Luis Valley resident and sixth-generation farmer and rancher pointed to several achievements while serving as the state’s chief of agriculture since 2011, including consolidating the department’s divisions. He also highlighted double-agriculture exports from Colorado producers over 2009 levels. Before serving as commissioner of agriculture, Salazar served three terms representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and was a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Before his time in Congress, Salazar served in the Colorado Legislature for two years. “Thank you to the people of Colorado for giving me the great opportunity to serve you,” Salazar said in a news release. Governor Hickenlooper applauded Salazar for his years of service. “For the last 12 years, Colorado has benefited from the generous, noble, and extraordinary services of John Salazar,” Hickenlooper said. “His commitment and dedication to the farmers, ranchers, and producers across the state is unparalleled and his successes will continue to benefit the agriculture community and all of Colorado for years to come.”