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Posted on Mar 28, 2024 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




Food and agriculture sector making huge economic contributions

By Gary Joiner

America’s food and agriculture sector is a thriving, integral component of the U.S. economy.

The 2024 Feeding the Economy report shows the economic output of the sector growing by more than a trillion dollars since the 2023 report.

The food and agriculture sector in Texas is also an economic driver, according to the study.

Food and agriculture support 4.5 million Texas jobs and are responsible for $860 billion of the state’s economic activity.

The economic fuel begins in the rich soil of America’s farms and ranches, covering two out of every five American acres.

Meanwhile, millions of food scientists, production workers, logistics experts, truck drivers and engineers work in more than 200,000 food manufacturing, processing and storage facilities to keep our food supply chains strong and fresh, safe food readily available worldwide.

The Feeding the Economy report is in its eighth year. It is a historic farm-to-fork economic impact study that helps to estimate the direct and indirect economic contributions of the food and agriculture industries on jobs, wages, economic output and business taxes.

The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.

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