Bean and Grain Farming

Companies in this segment grow grains and beans such as soybeans, oilseeds, dry peas and beans, wheat, corn, rice, and oilseed and grains.

Confectionery Products

Establishments within this segment grow and sell tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, and sugar beets.

Farm Management Services

This segment is comprised of establishments that provide farm management services on a contract or fee basis.

Fish and Crustaceans

Companies in this segment raise fish, shellfish, and other aquatic animals.


Companies within the floriculture segment grow and product products including flowers, cultivated greens, foliage plants, and flower seeds.

Fruit Farming

Establishments within this segment grow fruits including, but not limited to, oranges, citrus, apples, grapes, strawberries, and other berries.

Live Animals

In this segment, companies raise or fatten animals in order to sell them.

Soil Preparation, Planting, and Cultivating

This segment includes companies that perform social preparation activities including plowing, fertilizing, seed bed preparation, planting, cultivating, and crop protection services.

Vegetable Farming

Companies in this segment produce vegetable and melon crops, seeds, and bedding plants. Major products include potatoes, tomatoes, and lettuces.

The Agriculture industry is Fragmented. The production in this industry is divided among a few different companies, however, no single firm has large enough share of the market to be able to influence the industry's direction or price levels.

Primary Demand Drivers

  • Government agricultural policy programs
  • Food consumption trends
  • Labor demand

Profitability Drivers

  • Efficient operations

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Fair Trade has been around since the 1950s, but what exactly is Fair Trade and how has it changed since its inception? Fair Trade is global movement focused on providing over 1.6 million small-scale producers and workers with fair prices. It is an approach to commerce that eliminates forced labor, child labor, and discrimination while demanding safe working conditions, fair payment, respect for the environment, and transparency. It is an ethical method to trade and works towards alleviating poverty and sustaining development in developing nations.

This is part four of this week's five-part blog series on cash crops.

South America was colonized by the Spanish and the Portuguese.  These colonies were extremely profitable for Spain and Portugal because they could plant crops there that they could not plant in Europe.  This lead to the production of cash crops in South America, such as coffee and sugarcane, to be traded and sold in Europe.  These cash crops played a large role in establishing the colonies in South America, and still play an important role in their economy today. 


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