Economic importance of cotton production to Georgia county economics
McKissick, John C.
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Cotton is Georgia’s largest crop commodity in terms of acreage planted and production value. The 2006 Farm Gate value of cotton production was $745 million. Cotton production had a $1.4 billion economic output impact in the 2006 state economy and led to 11,700 jobs. Cotton production leads to sales of inputs and agricultural services, as well as purchases that are due to income earned directly in production and in related industries. Cotton production composes more than 1% of the total economy in 46 Georgia counties. Of these 46 counties, total economic output impact from cotton is greater than 3% of the economy in 21 counties, greater than 7% in 10 counties, and greater than 10% in 3 counties.