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Texas Ag Stats

 

  • Texas leads the nation in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep, goats and mohair production. 
  • Texas leads the nation in number of farms and ranches, with 248,800 farms and ranches covering 130.2 million acres. 
  • Texas has more women and minority farm operations than any other state in the nation.
  • Texas also leads the nation in value of farm real estate.       
  • Rural lands, including privately owned forest, total 142 million acres, 84% of the state's total land area.        
  • 12% of Texas' population resides in rural areas.             
  • 1 of every 7 working Texans (14%) is in an agriculture-related job.              
  • 98.6% of Texas farms and ranches are family farms, partnerships or family-held corporations.        
  • The average age of Texas farmers and ranchers is 58 years.    

 

  • The economic impact of the food and fiber sector totals more than $100 billion annually. 
  • Agricultural cash receipts, including timber, average $20 billion annually.
  • Top 10 commodities in terms of cash receipts in 2012:
    1. Cattle, $10.5 billion
    2. Cotton, $2.2 billion
    3. Milk, $1.8 billion
    4. Broilers, $1.7 billion
    5. Greenhouse & nursery, $1.3 billion
    6. Corn, $1.2 billion
    7. Grain Sorghum, $594 million
    8. Wheat, $538 million
    9. Vegetables, $439 million
    10. Eggs, $439 million

 

  • Agricultural exports to foreign countries totaled $6.5 billion in 2012.
  • Texas ranks # 6 overall in value of agricultural exports. 
  • Texas' national rank for selected commodity exports:

           1 - Cotton & cottonseed, $1.6 billion

           1 - Beef, $855 million  

           1 - Hides & skins, $431 million       

           2 - Seeds for planting, $244 million  

           4 - Tree nuts, $66 million  

           4 - Rice, $119 million     

           6 - Broilers, $323 million       

           6 - Milk and milk products, $248 million
           9 - Wheat, $286 million   
          10 - Feeds & fodders, $172 million     
          10 - Grain products, $171 million
          11 - Fresh fruits, $54 million      
          13 - Corn, $157 million
          13 - Sugar, $27 million
          15 - Fresh vegetables, $39 million

 

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