The Main Agricultural Regions of China and the U.S.

Mark Leipnik, Yun Su, Xinyue Ye

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Most cereal and meat production in both China and America is concentrated in a few regions. The three regions in China discussed are the North-Eastern Plain, the Northern China Plain and the Middle and Lower Yangtze plain. These are centers of corn, wheat and Rice, respectively. The two main cereal production regions of the U.S are the Corn Belt in the North-Central Midwest and the larger Great Plains region farther to the west. The Corn Belt is dominated by corn production but pigs are important and extensively exported including to China. Wheat is dominant in the Great Plains and cattle are an important associated livestock resource. Each of these five regions is vital to world food security and commodity price stability and thus deserve the special attention this chapter devotes to them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeoJournal Library
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages43
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGeoJournal Library
ISSN (Print)0924-5499
ISSN (Electronic)2215-0072

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


  • Agricultural regions
  • Corn Belt
  • Great Plains
  • North China Plain
  • Northeast China Plain
  • Yangtze River Plain


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