Arizona Agriculture Facts

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Posted by Karyn Moyer
Arizona Agriculture Facts

Arizona’s agriculture has an interesting history. Agriculture in the state predates statehood by about 1,000 years. A tribe of HohoKam had a thriving farming community long before Arizona became a state in 1912. The tribe created an elaborate network of water canals that were used for irrigation, among other things, and it’s still used today.

  1. About 162,000 workers are employed in the agriculture industry in Arizona.
  2. There are about 18,475 indigenous farmers and ranchers operating in the states. They make up about 57% of the ag operations in the state.
  3. There are over 20,000 farming operations, with an average farm size of 1,312 acres.
  4. Cattle and calves are the leading agricultural product in the state, followed by dairy production.
  5. There is enough beef produced each year in the state to feed over 4.6 million Americans.
  6. 215 pairs of jeans can be made from 1 bale of Arizona gown cotton.
  7. The state is ranked 2nd nationally for head lettuce, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, and cantaloupe production.
  8. Yuma is the winter lettuce capital of the world. Most of the leafy greens, broccoli, and cauliflower come from Yuma in the winter.
  9. Arizona exports commodities to 70 countries and across the United States.


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Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires, with over 13 years of marketing experience, over 9 of which she has spent in the agriculture marketing industry. Growing up in a small farming town, Karyn has a deep appreciation for the importance of agriculture and its role in our communities. Since joining AgHires in 2017, Karyn has used her wealth of experience and knowledge to help job seekers and clients achieve their goals. She has a passion for learning and discovering new ways to support the industry.

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