The United States agricultural sector extends beyond the farm business to include a range of farm-related industries. the largest of these are food services and food manufacturing.
Agriculture food and related industries contributed 1.05 trillion dollars of GDP in 2020 a 5% share
Source of food:
It provides food and beverages consumed by people of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Examples; Fish, Meat, Milk, pineapples, maize, Beans.
Source of employment:
It provides employment to most Americans i.e. about 10.3% of the American population relies on Agriculture as jobs either directly as farmers or indirectly in the marketing of Agricultural produce. Others serve as professionals e.g.–Veterinary doctors,Teachers, Researchers, Extension workers, etc.
Source of foreign Exchange:
It provides foreign exchange through exporting Agricultural produce to other countries e.g. exports of wheat, maize, flowers, cheese, etc hence earning money.
Source of raw materials for industries :
It provides raw materials to the agro-based industries like
Leather tanning industries, Textile industries, sugar processing, and Dairy processing industries.
Provision of market for industrial goods:
It provides market to industrial products e.g Animal feeds
for Poultry, Agrochemicals like fertilizers, pesticides, etc, farm tools and equipment like ploughs, hoes, etc.
Source of Income:
It generates income to the people through the sale of Agricultural produce which makes them to improve on their standards of living
Source of Medicinal products:
Beekeeping sector produces honey which produces Propolis as a biproduct, this helps to treat cough, Neem tree, Aloevera, etc
Source of Revenue
The government earns revenue from Agriculture by levying taxes on Agriculture imports and exports.
This involves activities like Goat racing; Bull and Cock fights, etc are forms of recreation in some parts of the country.