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Agriculture has been a staple of New Mexico’s economy and way of life from the beginning. Despite its arid climate, with the help of crop irrigation, New Mexico produces a diverse mix of commodities and has an agriculture industry valued at more than $2.5 billion. The top commodities in New Mexico are: Milk, Cattle, Fruits, Tree nuts, Berries, Grains, Oilseeds, Dry Beans and Dry Peas. More than 50% of the state’s total land area is farmland covering 40.6 million acres and there are a total of 25,044 farms with an average size of 1,624 acres, some of the largest in the country.
The latest USDA Census of Agriculture revealed that farmers in New Mexico produced and sold $2.6 billion dollars worth of agricultural products, of which, over 75% was from the sale of Livestock, Poultry, and their products. In 2018, New Mexico ranked 2nd in the United States for Tree Nut exports as well as 9th for the sale of Milk from Cows.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales in New Mexico were Curry County, Chaves County, Dona Ana County, Roosevelt County, and Lea County. These top five counties combined make up a total of 67% of New Mexico's agricultural revenue as a whole.