County output and economic importance of the Georgia food and fiber industry
McKissick, John C.
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The diverse Georgia economy is composed of industries with regional characterizations. Although food and fiber industries are important throughout Georgia, relative dependency on agriculture for community economies varies between counties. Many county economies with significant food and fiber industries have other large nonagricultural industries. Other county economies have more limited industries not related to agriculture, making these economies more dependent on food and fiber industries. Georgia 2005 food and fiber production value and directly related manufacturing total $33.9 billion, or 5.2% of the state economy. Food and fiber composes the largest industrial sector in 52 of Georgia’s 159 counties. Impacts resulting from industries indirectly related to food and fiber are $20.5 billion, for a total Georgia economic impact of $54.4 billion. Economic impacts of food and fiber production and directly related manufacturing account for 25% or more of the total economy in 57 Georgia counties, and 40% or more in 25 counties. The greatest concentration of food and fiber dependent counties is in the southern portion of the state.