Texas, known for its steak, longhorns and in the Netherlands for Boer Olke, has a lot to offer when it comes to agricultural businesses. Since the '80's a lot of Dutch farmers has established themselves in Texas to build their farms.

A few facts about Agriculture in Texas:

·         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:

·         Cattle, $10.5 billion

·         Cotton, $2.2 billion

·         Milk, $1.8 billion

·         Broilers, $1.7 billion

·         Greenhouse & nursery, $1.3 billion

·         Corn, $1.2 billion

·         Grain Sorghum, $594 million

·         Wheat, $538 million

·         Forestry, $520 million

·         Vegetables, $439 million

·         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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Posted by Mariella Priem June 30, 2017

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