Long considered Europe's "bread basket," Ukraine's agricultural potential is huge. It's rich dark soil is highly valued. Ideal for growing grain.
Farmland producing it matches Texas in size. Amounts to about one-third of Europe's arable land.
Ukraine exports include wheat, corn, barley, vegetables, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, meat and milk.
About one-fourth of Ukrainian workers are in agriculture or forestry related areas. Monsanto and other agribusiness giants intend exploiting Ukraine's agricultural potential.