Since our early history, Amarillo has had a well-established place in feeding the nation. With 14 million acres (57,000 km2) of agricultural land, we primarily produce corn, wheat and cotton, along with sorghum, silage, hay and soybeans. Food manufacturing made up our largest export category in 2013, at nearly $216 million. These exports include the businesses that transform livestock and agricultural products into ingredients and food.
Not only do we have the infrastructure to support exports both domestically and globally, but Amarillo is also home to generations of farmers, ranchers and agricultural scientists that work collaboratively to feed people throughout the world. These unique resources are at the ready for additional business opportunities.
Tyson’s facility in Amarillo houses an extensive operation to prepare a range of fresh, frozen and prepared products all featuring the beef raised in and around Amarillo. They are at the forefront of generating guidelines for beef cattle production and educational programs to help improve best practices.
While much of their operations are focused on processing beef in nearby Friona, TX, with many employees from Amarillo, Cargill also has a presence in Amarillo. Their Animal Nutrition facility develops the latest research and products to help livestock producers throughout the world nourish and feed their animals.
Recently acquired by Amarillo-based vet supply company MWI, Micro Beef is a value-added distributor of feed additives, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, supplies, and other animal health products throughout the world. They also have created extensive, and proprietary, computerized management systems to help track and control animal market production.