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Texas has more farms than any other state in the country and ranks third in the sale of agricultural products in the United States. With diverse climates and weather patterns across the state, agricultural production can persist throughout much of the year. Notably, Texas produces 42% of Cotton in the United States. If it were judged as its own country, it would rank fourth in the world for Cotton production. The top 5 commodities in Texas are Cattle, Cotton, Milk, Broilers (Chicken), Greenhouse Crops, Corn, Sorghum, and Wheat. Overall, the Lone Star state makes up 6% of all agricultural sales in the US. There are a total of 248,416 farms in Texas (more than the next 9 states combined) covering 75% of its land area with an average size of 511 acres.
According to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, Texas producers sold $25 billion worth of agricultural products, of which, 72% is attributed to the sale of Livestock, Poultry, and products and 28% to the sale of Crops. In 2018, Texas was the number 1 exporter of Cotton, the number 2 exporter of Cattle, and number 5 in total exports in the United States.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales were Deaf Smith County, Hartley County, Castro County, Parmer County, and Sherman County. Combined, these counties make up 23% of agricultural revenue in the state.