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 has made up our largest export category. 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.

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MWI – MICRO BEEF

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.

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CARGILL

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.

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Learn how the Amarillo EDC’s accelerated process can make a difference in how you do business

THE BENEFITS OF BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION PROGRAMS

The primary sources of job growth exist in every community:

Existing business expansions account for 80%

Incoming new businesses account for 11%

And start-up operations account for 9%

WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT EXISTING BUSINESSES:

  • Existing businesses provide even more return on investment in smaller, rural market areas where entrepreneurial and recruitment opportunities are limited.
  • While customer attrition is a fact of life in both the private and public sectors, it's 10 times more cost-effective to work with existing customers than to continually cultivate new ones.
  • Business retention and expansion provide the customer -- the existing private sector firm in your market area -- with a seamless customer contact and service experience.
  • Less than 10% of business closures result from business failures. More than 90% are caused by work movement through mergers, consolidation, restructuring and deliberate decisions to relocate businesses.