Kansas has a strong agricultural tradition that predates its statehood, and it continues to be a significant contributor to the state’s economic well-being. In 2007, cash receipts from farm marketings totaled nearly $12 billion, while exports of agricultural products that year were valued at more than $3.8 billion. Kansas farmers typically produce more wheat than any other state in the nation and, in 2010, Kansas wheat accounted for nearly 16 percent of all wheat produced nationwide. Kansas ranks first in grain sorghum produced, second in cropland, and third in land in farms and sunflowers produced. The state ranks fifth in summer potatoes, sixth in hay and corn grain produced, 14th in dry edible beans, 17th in upland cotton and 18th in oats.
Kansas is also a leader in beef production, with 19 percent of all U.S. beef originating from Kansas beef processing facilities. The state ranks second in cattle and calves on farms and third in cattle and calves on grain feed, tenth in hogs on farms, 11th in market sheep and lambs, 16th in meat and other goats and 17th in milk produced. Agriculture and agribusiness contribute to the total economy of Kansas, both directly and indirectly. One in five Kansans, rural and urban, work in jobs related to agriculture and food production.