Can You Name Arizona Agriculture’s Top 16 Commodities?
Harvest time on the farm signals a time to be thankful and celebrate. Your regular paycheck (or business revenue) is not exactly representative of a farm family bringing in the year’s crops. But it’s a symbolic harvest of your own. Think of all those hours you put in to get where you are today. So celebrate. And, you can celebrate the more traditional harvest with the farmers every time you go to the grocery store.
When we remember that more than 300 million Americans are fed and clothed by less than 1% of our population (about 2% live on farms), we really need to be celebrating harvest time! According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are only about 960,000 persons claiming
The demographics on farming in America are a lesson in appreciation and wonder. American farmers feed you and
Arizona Agriculture’s Top Commodities in 2011
Arizona agriculture’s top 16 commodities and what they bring to our state reflects this point. The majority of our top 16 are specialty crops and our top two are dairy and beef. These 16 agriculture commodities bring in nearly $4 billion in cash receipts alone.
The top commodities include …
- Head lettuce
- Romaine Lettuce
- Leaf Lettuce
Yes, farming is global and it will always make sense to import. Importing our Kiwi fruit will be a given. Africa is experiencing an agriculture boom … finally. We should see more imports of coffee, fish, tea, flowers,
But it’s exciting to know that our Arizona agriculture is so diverse. We can't always imagine that this desert state would produce such a different variety of crops. And, did you notice that the majority of the top 16 crops are specialty crops! We're growing lots of broccoli and cauliflower.
Let’s support and protect those commodities we grow well. I hope to never find us dependent on another country to feed and clothe us.