YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Texas farmers, ranchers benefit from record exports
By Gary Joiner
Exports are a critical source of income for a wide range of agricultural products. Over 20 percent of U.S. agricultural production is exported.
Many of the products that benefit the most from exports are grown heavily in Texas.
At the top of the list is cotton. Seventy-eight percent of U.S. cotton production is exported, and cotton is the most valuable of all row crops grown in our state.
Grain sorghum is another big crop in Texas, and 60 percent of U.S. sorghum production is exported.
Fifty one percent of U.S. rice and 50 percent of U.S. wheat production is sold abroad.
Twenty percent of U.S. corn and 11 percent of U.S. beef is exported. Beef cattle is the top economic sector in Texas agriculture.
There is good news ahead. A record $157 billion in ag exports is expected in fiscal year 2021. Record exports to China are fueling the sales.
Texas farmers and ranchers are thankful for the demand.
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