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USDA: Arizona Farmers Brought In $4.1 Billion In 2016
Agriculture remains big business in the state as farmers brought in billions of dollars last year.
Arizona ranked 6th in the 11 Western states for farm cash receipts, or total amount of money paid to farmers for their crops.
California topped the U.S. Department of Agriculture data, but Arizona Farm Bureau spokeswoman Julie Murphree said Arizona contributes most in the winter.
“Even though we may look like we’re smack dab in the middle, I would contend we play a significant role in the winter, in Yuma, [with] all of our leafy green production,” she said.
Arizona farmers brought in $4.1 billion in cash last year. Murphree said that shows Arizona is a major player when it comes to agriculture.
“And you see that $4 billion in cash receipts, it’s pretty exciting to recognize that this desert state has a significant contribution in the agriculture area," said Murphree.
The state came ahead of New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.
Murphree said the data, which measures the total cash receipts in agriculture, gives a good indication of the strength of farming in the state.
“It’s one of my favorite numbers because it’s kind of the baseline. It’s aggregating the core value of the accumulated agriculture for this latest cycle,“ she said.
The billions of dollars farmers brought in last year is slightly lower than the year before. Murphree said while conventional farming like cotton and wheat stayed steady, the wine and nut tree sectors in the state's agriculture are seeing more growth.