It’s no secret that Nebraska’s farms form the cornerstone of our great state’s economy. Agriculture has been an essential part of Nebraska’s DNA for generations, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. But farming doesn’t just have an impact on us here at home; nutritious food grown in Nebraska can be found in homes all over the world. Let’s look at a few facts and figure that might help to put the scope of Nebraska’s agriculture industry into perspective.
Thousands of farms generate billions of dollars each year.
According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), Nebraska is home to nearly 50,000 farms. Every year, these farms have a combined economic impact of roughly $23 billion.
Beef is a particularly big business.
Nebraska is the leading producer of beef in the country. In a recent newsletter, the Nebraska Corn Board estimated that Nebraska beef farmers produced about 8 billion pounds of red meat last year. They also produced nearly 2.5 million head of cattle on feed.
Nebraska’s farms produce more than just food.
Nebraska is also the second-leading producer of ethanol in the country. The state uses about one third of its annual corn harvest to generate more than 2 billion gallons of ethanol fuel.
Nebraska’s land is its greatest asset.
None of this would be possible without fertile land to grow crops and raise livestock. Farms and ranches occupy about 90 percent of the land in Nebraska, which constitutes more than 45 million acres.
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