Texagnet was established over a decade ago as a web site design and maintenace service for agriculture. Although those activities still compose a portion of the Texagnet services that are available, Texagnet also hosts its own web site that presents news about Texas agriculture and provides links to the web sites of the most active agricultural organizations within the state.
The agricultural industries play an important role in the Texas economy. The largest source of agricultural revenue in Texas comes from the sale of beef cattle. Texas produces about 20% of the nation’s beef cattle and ranks #1 in the country in the value of cattle raised. Other important livestock products include broilers (young chickens) and dairy products, followed by chicken eggs and hogs. Sheep and lambs and turkeys are also commercially raised in Texas. Texas raises more sheep and produces more mohair from angora goats than any other state.
Cotton is Texas’ most valuable crop, generating 9% of the state’s total agriculutural receipts amd 29% of the nation’s cotton revenues. Texas is the nation’s #1 cotton-producer. The state named cotton the official state fiber/fabric in 1997. Other important products in this category are greenhouse and nursery products, corn for grain, hay (#3 among the states), and wheat. Texas is a leading (#3) producer of greenhouse and nursery products (flowers, ornamental shrubs, young trees). Other major field crops in Texas are sorghum grain (#2 among the states), peanuts, rice (#5 among the states), and cane for sugar. The leading fruits produced in Texas are watermelons, grapefruits (official state fruit) and cantaloupes.
Important Texas vegetables include onions (official state vegetable), potatoes, and cabbages. Texas is the #1 producer of cabbage among the states. Texas is also a leading producer of pecans (official health nut). Mushrooms are also grown commercially in Texas.
Recognizing the importance of the state’s agricultural community, Texagnet salutes Texas agriculture.