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10A--The Malakoff News, Thursday, Mkreh 5, 1981 e e e Sales of agricultural products in Texas amounted to $8.3 billion in 1978, according to the Bureau of the Census, U. S. Department of Commerce. The total is based on preliminary results of the 1978 Census of Agriculture, which coudted 194,461 farms and ranches in the State, with average sales of $42,9 ; an average size of 709 acres; and average value of land and buildings of $275,050. Comparison with totals from the last previous census (1974) should be made with caution because of significant ira- provements in data collection procedures in 1978. Bureau officials believe that the improvements in data collection had a much greater effect on the count of farms than on measures of agricultural production. The im- provements are discussed further below. While Texas agricultural product sales climbed 48 percent from $5.6 billion in 1974, farmers' expenses also grew. For example, feed purchased for livestock and poultry was up from $1.3 to $1.5 billion in 1978; hired labor from I,O(}KING FOR SPITING - the jonquils have burst into bloom brightening the area countryside. Jonqils are one of the earliest spring blooms and not only fill $300.7 to $439.3 million; gasoline and other petroleum products from $226.3 to $414.1 million in 1978. The total energy cost for Texas farms and ranches amounted to $507 million. The market value of all machinery and equipment went up 70 percent from $2.7 to $4.7 billion four years later. Livestock and their products brought a return of $5.2 billion, 62 percent of Texas' total agricultural sales, com- pared with $3.1 billion in 1974. Texas' total cattle and calves inventory of 13 million head on 146,851 farms and ran- ches was down from 13.4 million in 1974, while the 12.3 million head sold from 148,917 farms and ranches was ahead ot 10.2 million Sold in 1974. Forty ~t of those sold were fattened on grain and concentrates. The inventory inclnded 5.4 million beef cows, down from e million in 1974. A total of 3,985 farms sold $3~.9 million in dairy products. The inven- tory of 323,100 milk cows increased from 297,900 four years earlier. Sheep and lamb inventory on 8,796 farms and ranches was reported 8t 2.4 the air with a sweet aroma but offer a little sunshine from their bright yellow color, t Sta ff Photo by Lori Callaway) million head, with la.l million pounds of wool shorn, and 1.1 mlUkm hand so/d. A Invonmry a m,000 hop, 183,700 for breodinj purposes, was counted on 17,S1! Tau fm and rL~ ebss, with 1.3 million reportod sold of which ,W0 wore feeder piss. Ap- pr flmately 1 Im'e t or 241 farms and ranclm rqmrted S00 or morn hogs and pigs, and accounted for 45 percent of the State's total inventory. The hot and ponies inventory on farms sad ranches nmnbered 214,700. a p try and thor amounted to $4Z1.8 allure, eompar with ml0.8 In 1974. A total of 14,S0S famm and ranohes reported an Invemtory 0t 14 ~ chickens $ mon- ths old or okl~, compared with 14.2 million four yurs onrllor. Hems and pullets or laying age wore reported at 12.2 mUllon o~par~ with 11.5 million in 1974. There were 16s.$ million sold cempared to leS.S million In 1974. Turkeys sold from 994 farms and ranches were reportsd at 7 milllon birds. Crops brought a return of R.7 billien, compared with 0S.$ billion in 1974. Cot- ton, the laeding crop In acreage, was harvested from 6.$. million acres, producing 8.8 million bales compared with 4.$ million acres and $.5 million hales In 1974. Sorshums pJaced sacred in acronge, with 4.5 mlllkm acres producing 20s.3 million ludmk. Hay was the third crop with 3.1 million acres yield 5.4 tom. Other erope were whast, 1.7 millhm ec 8; corn 1.3 mmlon sores; sofoonus, 1,400 acres; and rice, M8,100 acres. Other measures of Texas ranches also portrayed average value of land acre climbed from to cropland went from 36.5 acres; and irrigated land from 6.8. to 7 million acres Figures published are for ranches qualifying under the definition: Any place or more of agricultural sold, or normally would have during the census year. changes In price levels. The improvements in two areas. The first provement in the send farmers and report forms. The second was door canvass of sample rural areas. The results enumeration, when combined county by mail, allowed the identify additional farms In the State which would missed under procedures 1969 and 1974 censuses. A detailed ption d Census of Agriculture pared with earlier from the Agriculture of the Census Covies of the Census of Agriculture: TexsS, of its counties are for Customer Services Branch, Services Bureau of the Washington, D. C. 0233, or J tment of ( price is 25 cents a copy. 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