Ag Week: 29.5 billion reasons to celebrate the industry
Ag Week will be marked around our readership area by Meat In Day events as well as other events to recognize the industry.
In Colorado, 39,000 farm operations steward 31,800,000 acres. In Nebraska, 44,800 farm operations steward 44,800,000 acres, and in Wyoming, 12,200 farm operations steward 29,000,000 acres, all according to the USDA.
In Colorado, cattle contribute about $4 billion annually, along with sheep and dairy cattle. Over $2 billion of hay and haylage are produced annually, 1.3 million acres of corn are harvested for grain and silage, nearly $500,000,000 in wheat hits the scale, and potatoes, sorghum, millet, barley, sunflowers, peaches, and sugar beets round out the commodities grown in the state that add to the annual agriculture cash receipts.
In Nebraska, cattle are king with an inventory of 1.8 million beef cows, and 2.8 million head of cattle on feed. About 9.9 million acres of corn are grown with another 5.6 million acres of soybeans and 90,000 acres of hay. Wheat, sorghum, potatoes, millet, sunflowers, peas (dry edible), oats, sugar beets, and haylage round out the commodities that are grown and harvested, keeping rural communities thriving.
Wyoming boasts nearly 1.3 million cattle and another 330,000 sheep in the state. Wyoming’s hay fields yield about 2 tons per acre with an additional 95,000 acres of corn grown. Barley, wheat, and sugar beets round out the commodities in the Cowboy State.
All told, given the total value of agriculture commodities produced within The Fence Post Magazine’s readership area, there are at least 29.5 billion reasons to celebrate and appreciate the industry that feeds, fuels, and clothes the world.
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