The economic impact of the U.S. food and agriculture sector is notable. The 2023 Feeding the Economy report has revealed the economic importance the industry provides the country.

Last year, all 50 states showed increased economic output, totaling more than $8.6 trillion, or nearly 20% of the nation’s economic activity. In export values, agriculture contributed more than $202 trillion.

Hawaii led the pack with the most significant increase in total output gains, followed by North Dakota, New York, Nevada and Florida. But the economic contributions don’t stop there. Even with a still-struggling supply chain disrupted by the pandemic, the agriculture and food sector provided 22,924,189 million jobs this year alone. Those jobs are tied to $927.4 billion in wages, an increase of 2% since 2019.

Additionally, USDA reports that land use for agriculture declined 28%, while land productivity grew nearly four times, making agriculture’s total factor productivity growth rate among the highest of U.S. sectors.

Read more on agriculture and food’s economic contributions to the U.S. here.