Agriculture was the mainstay of Alamo's economy for many years, and still continues to be a major economic influence.
Though today's local economy is not as dependent on agriculture as it was 50 years ago, agribusiness still forms the base of the region's economy.
For all but one year since 1993, crops have made up more than 80 percent of total cash receipts for agriculture in the Valley. In 1995, when south Texas farmers were devastated by problems with the beet armyworm and a drought that would continue through this year, the percentage dropped slightly to 78 percent.
During the last five years total agricultural cash receipts in the region have averaged more than $522 million a year, and about $460 million a year of that total came from crops.
The Rio Grande Valley is the center for the production of fruits and vegetables in Texas. The fertile land and temperate climate allow for long productive growing seasons. Of all the commodities grown in the region -- vegetables, cotton and sorghum are the big money crops year in and year out. Cotton and sorghum are the top field crops grown in the Valley.
Over the last five years, beef cattle have made up an average of 99 percent of total livestock cash receipts in the Valley. That is an average value of more than $77 million a year.
For agricultural interests, Alamo and the Rio Grande Valley offer many benefits, which include a long growing season, mild year-round temperatures, and a good size agricultural manual labor source from which to draw.
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