Arkansas Ag Facts

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Posted by Karyn Moyer


Agriculture is the largest industry in Arkansas, adding about $16 billion to its economy. About 1 in 6 jobs in the state are in the Agriculture industry. Some of the state’s top commodities include rice, broilers, cotton, and more. Check out 15 facts:

  1. There are about 49,346 farms in Arkansas. 97% of them are Family-Owned farms.
  2. Only 16% of the farms in the state account for 92% of production.
  3. Agriculture is the largest industry in the state, adding about $16 billion to the state’s economy.
  4. Arkansas ranks 1st in rice production in the United States, accounting for over 40% of rice production.
  5. Over 95% of the land resources in the state are used by the Agriculture and Forestry industries.
  6. There are nearly 18.8 million acres of forest land, 14.5 million acres of farmland, 6.2 million acres of crops, and 8.3 million acres of livestock and hay.
  7. The state ranks 5th in softwood lumber.
  8. There are about 166 catfish farms. There is about 11,000 acres are used for catfish production.
  9. Over 28,000 farms produce cattle in Arkansas
  10. Peaches are the largest fruit crop in the state with about 10 million pounds produced.
  11. Tomatoes are the largest vegetable crop, producing 3 million pounds a year.
  12. The state ranks 2nd in broiler production with 2,500 farms producing chickens
  13. Over 17 million gallons of milk are produced each year in the state.
  14. Cotton is another large crop in the state, putting Arkansas in third.
  15. Over 1.8 million pigs are produced annually

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Sources:
Farm Flavor
Farm Bureau Arkansas
Beef2Live.com

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Client Success & Marketing Manager at AgHires. Karyn enjoys learning and discovering new ways to help job seekers and clients to reach their goals. AgHires helps agricultural and food production companies find the employees they need to run a successful business.