A Look At Texas Agriculture
Farming and ranching are an important part of Texas history, economy and future. It is our farmers and ranchers who feed Texas. They care for the land and the animals, and at the same time are protecting the environment for future generations. In Texas, more than 88% of all farms and ranches are family owned and operated.
Less than 2% of our population has chosen a career as a farmer or rancher, yet that small percent manages to feed, clothe and fuel our growing nation every year. Advancements in technology and efficiency allow them to keep up with increasing demand.
Quick facts about Texas agriculture:
- Of the total land area of Texas, 77% is involved in agriculture production.
- The average size of farms and ranches in Texas is 527 acres.
- Texas leads the nation in the # of farms (247,500), amount of land in farms, sheep and lambs, cattle and calves, goats, wool, mohair, cotton and hay.
- Texas is #2 in the U.S. production of Pima cotton, peanuts, grain sorghum and grapefruit.
- Texas is #3 in the production of carrots, honeydew melons, chili peppers, oranges and pecans.
- As a whole, the agriculture industry generates $81 billion for Texas
Did You Know?
The top ten commodities in Texas are:
- Cattle and Calves
- Greenhouse and Nursery
- Grain Sorghum
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