Agriculture and agriculture-related industries contributed $742.6 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011, a 4.8-percent share. The output of America’s farms contributed $138.7 billion of this sum—just under 1 percent of GDP. The overall contribution of the agriculture sector to GDP is larger than this because sectors related to agriculture—forestry, fishing, and related activities; food, beverages, and tobacco products; textiles, apparel, and leather products; food services and drinking places—rely on agricultural inputs in order to contribute additional value to the economy.
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