The production and distribution of agricultural produce such as grain, livestock, hay, fruits, vegetables, and fruits and vegetables are primarily processing to provide food and other products. In addition, there are some products that are not processed, such as herbal products, spices, some plants, and ornamental plants. Agricultural produce are usually classified into three categories: edible grains, feedstuffs and feed, and other. Edible grains are those produced by the action of plant enzymes in changing starch molecules into sugars. Feedstuffs are those that are derived from edible grains. Other types of agricultural produce include livestock feed, poultry feed, and fish and wildlife product industries.
Probably the most important agricultural product in the United States is cotton. Cotton is most commonly used for textiles and some clothing. Many varieties of cotton are grown and raised for both personal and commercial uses. Some crops include alfalfa, canola, flax, horsemint, lint, milled rice, and poplar. These cotton products are included in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics of agriculture produce inventory and the producer surveys of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
One of the most important aspects of the production and distribution of agricultural products is the handling, packing and retailing of the agricultural products. This processing includes the handling, packing, storage, transportation, and sales of the finished product. For the United States, these are controlled through the activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These include the extension programs, sales support programs, marketing programs, and the technical programs for the marketing of the cotton, tobacco, alfalfa, canola, flax, melon, soybeans, sugar beets, wheat, oats, jute, and walnuts.
The sale of agricultural products has significantly increased over the years due to increased farming opportunities and to the need for feed for livestock. The sale of feed aids farmers in meeting the increasing demand for animal feeds. Feed sales help to maintain the profitability of the dairy, beef, poultry, grain and feed sectors of the food chain. In addition, the livestock industry provides employment to thousands of Americans. Milk, poultry, and eggs contribute directly to the economic well-being of the dairy sector, while corn and soybean residues and cottonseed contribute to the economic well-being of the soybean sector.
Production of chicken, eggs and other farm products such as dairy products, beef, grains and feed has become an important revenue source for the poultry industry. Poultry production involves many stages from laying eggs to finishing the manufacturing process of poultry products. Many of these stages of the production cycle are done on a large scale by contract manufacturers and are generally done on a large scale throughout the United States. Contract manufactures typically specialize in a particular chicken or poultry breed that is more cost effective than producing eggs and meat from a standard chicken.
Pork bellies and other products of the pig industry are also produced by contract manufactures and can be sold to the pork producer, processor, retailer or the consumer. In order to ensure the economic viability of the U.S. dairy, beef and poultry industries, the current export market has been created by foreign trade. Agri products have been a strong part of the agricultural industry and are highly traded globally.