Arizona’s diverse terrain brings with it diverse climates, much to the benefit of the state’s agriculture industry. The southern part of Arizona is mostly desert, and where cotton and lettuce crops flourish. Cattle and sheep thrive in the mountainous regions of the north and west.
Cattle and calves and dairy are Arizona’s leading agricultural products, with cotton, lettuce and hay positioned as top-produced crops. Additionally, citrus is a vital economic force – the Grand Canyon State ranks second in the nation for cantaloupe, honeydew melons and lemon production.
Arizona also boasts one of the most efficient irrigation networks in the world. Irrigation projects provide water to 15,600 farms that help generate a $17 billion economic impact.