Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting

This sector comprises establishments that primarily grow crops, raise animals and harvest timber, fish and other animals. Sector operators include farms, ranches, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries, orchards and hatcheries.


Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting

Output ($b)1 IVA ($b)2 Market Size3 Employment (m)* Wages & Benefits ($m)* EBITDA ($m)4
$340.7 $133.1 16/18 1,226 $43.8 $92.7

Sector Overview

The establishments in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting sector are often described as farms, ranches, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries, orchards, or hatcheries. A farm may consist of a single tract of land or a number of separate tracts, which may be held under different tenures. It may be operated by the sole-owner or lessor or with the assistance of members of the household or hired employees. It may also be operated by a partnership, corporation, or other type of organization. When a landowner has one or more tenants, renters, croppers, or managers, the land operated by each is considered a farm. This sector distinguishes three basic activities:

  • Agricultural Production – This segment includes crop production and animal production. Crop production comprises farms that mainly grow crops used for food and fiber, while animal production includes farms and ranches that raise animals for sale or for animal products.
  • Agricultural Support Activities – This segment includes establishments that perform one or more activities associated with farm operations, such as soil preparation, planting, harvesting and management, on a contract or fee basis.
  • Forestry, Logging, Fishing & Hunting – The forestry and logging subsector includes firms that grow, harvest and sell timber, while the fishing and hunting subsector includes establishments that catch fish and hunt game for commercial use.

LARG Industry Reports

Los Angeles Research Group provides 19 industry reports detailing the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting sector. Each report contains detailed information on output, employment, enterprises, establishments, assets, liabilities and profitability. LARG’s industry reports also provide in-depth information on market share concentrations, business structure (e.g., corporations, sole-proprietorships, partnerships), key economic indicators, supply chain data, debt ratios and new entrant trends, including survivor rates (i.e., percentage of new businesses that last longer than five years).

In addition to LARG’s standardized report information, LARG's industry reports in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting sector also provide specialized market segmentations, including data broken down by farm sales, land mass and profit. For more information on a particular industry, please click on the appropriate industry below.

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