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Agriculture in Arizona is a major contributor to the state’s economy, as well as the U.S. economy. With a climate that promotes year-round growth of a wide variety of crops, farmers grow a diverse mix of crops including cash crops such as cotton, alfalfa, and wheat as well as specialty crops such as fresh vegetables and nursery crops. In fact, Arizona is the third-largest producer of fresh vegetables in the United States. As of 2017, there were 19,086 farms in the Grand Canyon State spread across over 26 million acres of agricultural land.
The latest USDA Census of Agriculture revealed that farmers in Arizona grew and sold $3.8 billion dollars worth of agricultural products, of which, over 25% were fresh vegetables. In 2018, Arizona was the number 2 exporter of fresh and processed vegetables in the United States.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales in Arizona were Maricopa County, Yuma County, Pinal County, Lapaz County, and Cochise County.