State governments are concerned with economic development because the condition of their well being determines residents' standard of living. Therefore, state governments are interested in strategies for strengthening their economies. States with substantial agricultural production can implement a strategy of maintaining or increasing markets for that production, positively affecting all of the aforementioned measures. In some states, the focus has been to "add value" to raw agricultural commodities. Texas's food processing industry is the focus of this research. A survey was conducted to determine the cost components of Texas food processors, the percent of purchases from Texas, and reasons for these purchases. This article summarizes the results of this survey.