“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 Kelley. “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.”
Kelley 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.”
Major commodities produced in Karnes County include corn, grain sorghum, cotton, hay, and livestock. 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. These increased efficiencies demonstrate that American Agriculture is producing more – and doing it better than ever before.
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