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Georgia agriculture continues to grow

Although Atlanta is one of the largest metropolitan centers in the nation, Georgia is still a largely rural state. In 2021, Georgia ranked 22nd in the nation in field crop values and fourth in the Southeast, according to a report issued by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

For the year, Georgia crop values were $2.61 billion, a 20 percent jump over 2020. The bulk of that value came from cotton and peanuts.

As it has for a long time, Georgia led the nation in peanut production at $774 million, a 10 percent increase over 2020. Georgia’s peanut production was nearly four times that of the second-leading state, Texas. Georgia’s total represents 49 percent of peanuts grown in the United States.

Georgia continues to lead the nation in peanut production. (Image by Pezibear from Pixabay)

Cotton, though, was the biggest cash crop. In 2021, cotton production brought in $937 million, an increase of 18.7 percent. Georgia’s cotton production was second only to Texas’ $3.2 billion. Arkansas ranked third at $442 million.

Peanuts and cotton combined to total 64 percent of Georgia’s field crop value. Field crops does not include fruits, nuts, vegetables or timber.

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