Juni 2017 | Agriculture in Texas
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 and 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