In an evolving environment that continues to bring change and challenges to Arizonaâ€™s food and fiber industries, the economic contribution of Arizona agriculture swelled to $9.2 billion, according to a just-released 2004-based statistical study by the University of Arizona (UA).
The $9.2 billion figure is nearly 40 percent higher than the $6.6 billion value based on a similar UA study that used year 2000 numbers. The UAâ€™s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics compiled both study results.
â€śWhile agriculture in Arizona continues to experience a super flux of changes, the 2004 data reaffirms that Arizona agriculture is a growth business producing a bounty of the highest quality food and fiber products at affordable prices,â€ť said Kevin Rogers of Mesa, president of the Arizona Farm Bureau.
The more recent study indicated the financial benefit produced by agriculture for every Arizonan in 2004 was $1,550, compared to $1,200 in 2000. The new study said Arizona agriculture created 74,500 in 2004, compared to almost 73,000 in 2000.
â€śThese new figures directly link agriculture as a major player in the prosperity of local and state economies. We deserve respect for our efficiencies, productivity and value,â€ť Rogers said.
According to the UA, three major reasons led to the $2.6 billion increase between the two studies including higher prices for milk and beef, a continued increase in Arizona milk production and the increased value of lettuce and other vegetables.
For more information, contact Arizona Farm Bureau Public Relations Director Cary Blake at (480) 635-3607 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or University of Arizona Agricultural and Resource Economics Department Head Dr. Alan Ker at (520) 621-6242 or email@example.com.