Agriculture brings continual economic growth to the Platte County region. Platte County is a production agriculture oriented community, with a growing number of ranchers and farmers in the region focusing on value-added agriculture. Residents promote and support the agricultural community. The State of Wyoming and Platte County government have encouraged the development of agriculture, including promoting discussion on questions such as local agriculture, plants, growing, livestock, product development, water rights and other pertinent issues.
Number and Size of Operations based on most recent statistics
Number of Farms & Ranches 462
Total Acres in Farms & Ranches 1,344,358
Total Cropland Acres 211,768
Average Size Farm or Ranch 2,910
Median Size of Farm & Ranches 735
Value of Land & Buildings (per farm) $ 951,813
Value of Inventory and Production
Inventory Value of Livestock $ 122,427,000
Value of Crop Production $ 18,635,000
Total Value $ 141,062,000
From Livestock Marketings $ 75,707,000
From Crop Marketings $ 6,906,000
Total Marketings $ 82,613,000
Livestock includes beef and dairy cattle, sheep and hogs. Major crops include native and alfalfa hay, wheat, barley, oats, corn, dry beans, and sugar beets.
In addition there has been an increase in the production of specialty crops such as grapes, raspberries, organic wheat and other more labor intensive crops. There is also a group of ranchers who are raising organic and grass fed beef.