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Farm industry up $6 billion in Arizona from last year, report says

Posted at 9:31 AM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 11:31:43-05

Arizona farms are making a lot of "lettuce."

A new report from the University of Arizona is boasting a $23-billion economic boost from agriculture, up $6 billion from last year. 

The industry supplies 162,000 jobs in our state.

The Arizona Farm Bureau says it's a major win with big gains in dairy and beef. There's also a surprising growth in pecans, pistachios and wine crops. 

AZFB Outreach Director Julie Murphree says another part of the boost is because the full circle of life now happens in Arizona from production to processing and then distribution. 

"It helps drive every other layer in our economy, the secondary which is manufacturing, the tertiary which is service. So without agriculture, without that money, you and I could not be thriving as well as we're thriving." 

When farms make more money that keeps more money in your pocket when you hit the store. 

According to the report, Arizona is now one of the leading suppliers in the country for lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cantaloupe, honeydew and durum wheat. 

Murphree says that translates to lower prices for local consumers.

She says you can also save money by shopping according to season using the guide on