Arizona agriculture brings $23 billion to the state economy

Feb 14, 2018, 1:58 PM

PHOENIX — University of Arizona researchers learned that the agriculture business in the state contributed $23.3 billion to the economy.

The study found that the agriculture industry supported 138,000 full- and part-time jobs, including 58,000 on-farm labor jobs.

“Even despite some of the downturns in some other sectors of business, we’ve been able to grow,” Julie Murphree, outreach director for the Arizona Farm Bureau, said.

Beef and dairy products were by far the most profitable commodities in the state, bringing in $892 million and $765 million.

The research team also found that Arizona was one of the national leaders in the production of many agriculture commodities. This included being ranked second in terms of lettuce, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower production.

Still, Murphree mentioned that there were many agriculture industries in the state that have seen growth.

“We are seeing growth in some areas like tree nuts,” Murphree said. “We’ve seen a lot of growth in the pistachio and pecan areas. Our wine grapes, we’re seeing growth in that. So there’s some sectors of the industry where they’re planting new orchards.”

The study also found that 85 percent of Arizona farms were family or individually-owned while corporations own just 5 percent of Arizona farms. A majority of farms were in Maricopa, Yuma and Pinal counties.

KTAR News’ Griselda Nevarez contributed to this story.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Rafael Brooks, 39, gets tested for COVID-19 in the Benito Juarez borough of Mexico City, Saturday, ...

Arizona expert says end of COVID public health emergency could be near

A prominent Arizona health expert said the omicron wave of COVID-19 is nearing its peak, and the end of the state’s public health emergency could soon follow.
10 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Fry's Food Stores)...

Fry’s Food Stores to open new Queen Creek location Wednesday

Fry’s Food Stores is opening its new Queen Creek location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.
10 hours ago
(AP Photo/Dar Yasin)...
Associated Press

Navajo Nation increases ability to do COVID testing, vaccinations

Health facilities on the Navajo Nation are increasing the ability to test for COVID-19 and vaccinate people as the omicron variant spreads, tribal leaders said.
10 hours ago
Georgia Lord (Facebook File Photo/City of Goodyear, AZ - USA)...

Memorial service for former Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord to be held on Friday

A celebration of life will be held Friday for former Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord, who died last month at the age of 83, the city announced.
10 hours ago
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)...

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, agriculture chief to speak on wildfire mitigation plan

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are set to make an announcement Tuesday about the Western Wildfire Mitigation Strategy.
10 hours ago
(AP File Photo/Elaine Thompson)...

Arizona health department: ERs are for medical emergencies, not COVID-19 testing

The Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday that because emergency rooms are at the front line of the COVID-19 response, the community should remember the rooms are reserved for medical emergencies only and not for COVID-19 testing.
10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Arizona State University

This is the best year to get your MBA

Getting a master’s degree is a major commitment of time, energy, and money, so returning to school — even if you’re thinking about a part-time program that allows you to keep working — is one of the biggest decisions of your career.
Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford offers cars and deals for all this holiday season

Sanderson Ford’s No! Vember Black Friday sale is giving an opportunity to purchase a new 2021 vehicle just in time for the holiday season.

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
Arizona agriculture brings $23 billion to the state economy