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Agricultural land is plentiful in Missouri, especially throughout the Boot-heel region which provides fertile soils and plentiful water sources suitable for the production of many Ag products. Missouri is one of the top producers in the US of a wide variety of commodities such as Beef Cows, Rice, Turkeys, Goats, Cotton, and Corn as well as several others. They also produce some of the highest quality Timber in the nation, which contributes more than $9.7 billion to the economy from exports. As of 2017, there were a total of 95,320 farms in Missouri spread across 27.7 million acres of farmland, more than 63% of the total land area.
According to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, farmers in Missouri produced and sold a total of $10.5 billion dollars worth of agricultural products. In 2018, Missouri was the number 6 exporter of Soybeans and number 9 in the exports of Corn, feed products, as well as Beef and Veal in the United States.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales were Barry County, Stoddard County, Saline County, Audrain County, and Newton County. These counties make up 14% of the state's total agricultural sales.