“According to recent USDA studies, the agricultural sector right now remains a bright spot in terms of economic stability and growth, and there is a strong demand for U.S. agricultural products,” said CED Purski. “Generation after generation of agricultural producers in Texas are getting up early every day to provide the food, fiber and fuel that feed and clothe Americans and others around the world.”
CED Pruski further notes, “As research advances, the future may be even brighter. New uses for ag products are being found to utilize natural ingredients for life-saving medicines and supply the critical commodities required in a long list of manufacturing sectors.”
Despite the onslaught of natural disasters weathered by farmers and ranchers this past year that created less than ideal growing conditions, producers still managed to grow the commodities that keep our economy moving forward. And they maintain our abundant supply of renewable resources in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Major commodities produced in Bee County include Cotton, Corn & Grain Sorghum. Texas agricultural production contributed more than $7.5 billion in export revenues during 2011.
Today, each American farmer produces enough food to feed more than 144 people, a dramatic increase from the 25 people a farmer sustained in 1960.
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