Texas Agriculture

Demographic Facts

  • Texas has 247,500 farms and ranches covering 130 million acres, both #1 in the nation.
  • Approximately 12% of Texas’s population resides in rural areas.
  • One out of every seven working Texans (14%) is in an agricultural related job.
  • 98.5% of Texas farms and ranches are family farms, partnerships or family-held corporations.
  • The average age of Texas farmers and ranchers is 59 years.

Texas is #1 in the nation in:

  • Cattle
  • Cotton
  • Sheep and Goats
  • Wool and Mohair
  • Hay Production

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The top five crops raised in Texas are:

  • Cotton
  • Greenhouse and Nursery
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Hay
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Did You Know…

  • Texas is the #1 cattle producing state in the country, with a total of 13.8 million cattle and calves, more than twice as many as the next largest producer.
  • Each year over 5 million calves are born on over 130,000 beef cattle operations in Texas.
  • Beef cattle production represents the largest single segment of agriculture in Texas and the United States.
  • Agriculture is the second largest industry in the state, generating 80 billion for the economy annually.

Sources: Texas Farm Bureau via txfb.org


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