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    States with the most farmland

    With more than 328 million American mouths to feed and about $135 billion worth of agricultural exports, American farms need plenty of land to grow and produce crops.

    The U.S. has roughly 2 million farm households, but which American regions have the most acreage devoted to farming? Stacker analyzed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Major Land Uses Survey, then ranked each state and the District of Columbia based on the number of acres each has dedicated to farmland. For further context, each slide also provides total cropland acreage, cropland actually used for crops, idle cropland, and cropland used for pasture.

    The 2012 MLU data is the latest available from the series, which has been published since 1945—Alaska and Hawaii were added in 1959, when they became states. The USDA reports the Major Land Uses series is the "longest running, most comprehensive accounting of all major uses of public and private land in the United States."

    Read on to discover where the ingredients for your family's next meal may have been grown or raised.

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  • #51. District of Columbia
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    #51. District of Columbia

    Total cropland: 0 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 0 acres
    Idle cropland: 0 acres
    Cropland pasture: 0 acres

  • #50. Rhode Island
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    #50. Rhode Island

    Total cropland: 25,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 19,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 4,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 2,000 acres

  • #49. Alaska
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    #49. Alaska

    Total cropland: 79,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 31,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 45,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 4,000 acres

  • #48. New Hampshire
    5/ Diana Nault // Shutterstock

    #48. New Hampshire

    Total cropland: 93,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 73,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 18,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 2,000 acres

  • #47. Connecticut
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    #47. Connecticut

    Total cropland: 123,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 104,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 9,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 9,000 acres

  • #46. Massachusetts
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    #46. Massachusetts

    Total cropland: 148,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 130,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 14,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 5,000 acres

  • #45. Hawaii
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    #45. Hawaii

    Total cropland: 372,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 161,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 189,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 22,000 acres

  • #44. Maine
    9/ Allagash Brewing // Flickr

    #44. Maine

    Total cropland: 390,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 328,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 55,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 8,000 acres

  • #43. Vermont
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    #43. Vermont

    Total cropland: 412,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 379,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 19,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 15,000 acres

  • #42. Delaware
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    #42. Delaware

    Total cropland: 438,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 420,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 11,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 7,000 acres

  • #41. New Jersey
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    #41. New Jersey

    Total cropland: 449,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 403,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 29,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 16,000 acres

  • #40. Nevada
    13/ Famartin // Wikicommons

    #40. Nevada

    Total cropland: 577,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 478,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 42,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 57,000 acres

  • #39. West Virginia
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    #39. West Virginia

    Total cropland: 781,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 685,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 42,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 54,000 acres

  • #38. Arizona
    15/ Jennifer A. Johnson // Wikicommons

    #38. Arizona

    Total cropland: 1,134,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 908,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 142,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 84,000 acres

  • #37. Maryland
    16/ Ellie Van Houtte // Wikicommons

    #37. Maryland

    Total cropland: 1,377,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 1,254,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 108,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 15,000 acres

  • #36. Utah
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    #36. Utah

    Total cropland: 1,476,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 1,090,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 246,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 140,000 acres

  • #35. South Carolina
    18/ Lucid Nightmare // Flickr

    #35. South Carolina

    Total cropland: 1,904,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 1,540,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 308,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 55,000 acres

  • #34. New Mexico
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    #34. New Mexico

    Total cropland: 1,948,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 1,183,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 534,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 231,000 acres

  • #33. Wyoming
    20/ Acroterion // Wikicommons

    #33. Wyoming

    Total cropland: 1,986,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 1,523,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 207,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 256,000 acres

  • #32. Alabama
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    #32. Alabama

    Total cropland: 2,806,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 2,231,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 415,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 161,000 acres

  • #31. Florida
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    #31. Florida

    Total cropland: 2,834,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 2,122,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 452,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 260,000 acres

  • #30. Virginia
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    #30. Virginia

    Total cropland: 2,989,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 2,636,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 205,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 148,000 acres

  • #29. New York
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    #29. New York

    Total cropland: 4,247,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 3,816,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 318,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 113,000 acres

  • #28. Georgia
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    #28. Georgia

    Total cropland: 4,385,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 3,799,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 457,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 129,000 acres

  • #27. North Carolina
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    #27. North Carolina

    Total cropland: 4,473,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 4,085,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 294,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 95,000 acres

  • #26. Pennsylvania
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    #26. Pennsylvania

    Total cropland: 4,517,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 3,952,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 446,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 119,000 acres

  • #25. Louisiana
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    #25. Louisiana

    Total cropland: 4,585,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 3,497,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 869,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 218,000 acres

  • #24. Oregon
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    #24. Oregon

    Total cropland: 4,664,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 3,522,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 834,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 308,000 acres

  • #23. Mississippi
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    #23. Mississippi

    Total cropland: 5,174,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 4,372,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 638,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 163,000 acres

  • #22. Tennessee
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    #22. Tennessee

    Total cropland: 5,261,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 4,479,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 374,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 408,000 acres

  • #21. Idaho
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    #21. Idaho

    Total cropland: 5,801,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 4,790,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 789,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 221,000 acres

  • #20. Kentucky
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    #20. Kentucky

    Total cropland: 6,369,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 5,400,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 641,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 328,000 acres

  • #19. Washington
    34/ Tom Collins // Flickr

    #19. Washington

    Total cropland: 7,539,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 5,558,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 1,856,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 125,000 acres

  • #18. Michigan
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    #18. Michigan

    Total cropland: 7,766,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 7,192,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 483,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 91,000 acres

  • #17. Arkansas
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    #17. Arkansas

    Total cropland: 8,235,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 7,466,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 585,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 184,000 acres

  • #16. California
    37/ Wonderlane // Wikicommons

    #16. California

    Total cropland: 9,577,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 8,316,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 780,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 481,000 acres

  • #15. Wisconsin
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    #15. Wisconsin

    Total cropland: 10,071,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 9,301,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 607,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 164,000 acres

  • #14. Colorado
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    #14. Colorado

    Total cropland: 10,668,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 8,013,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 2,218,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 437,000 acres

  • #13. Ohio
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    #13. Ohio

    Total cropland: 10,829,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 10,190,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 530,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 109,000 acres

  • #12. Oklahoma
    41/ OakleyOriginals // Flickr

    #12. Oklahoma

    Total cropland: 11,290,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 9,155,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 1,123,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 1,011,000 acres

  • #11. Indiana
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    #11. Indiana

    Total cropland: 12,710,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 12,216,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 414,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 80,000 acres

  • #10. Missouri
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    #10. Missouri

    Total cropland: 15,627,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 13,455,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 1,591,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 580,000 acres

  • #9. Montana
    44/ Tim Evanson // Flickr

    #9. Montana

    Total cropland: 16,605,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 12,522,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 3,181,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 902,000 acres

  • #8. South Dakota
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    #8. South Dakota

    Total cropland: 19,356,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 17,624,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 1,203,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 528,000 acres

  • #7. Nebraska
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    #7. Nebraska

    Total cropland: 21,857,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 20,442,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 1,090,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 326,000 acres

  • #6. Minnesota
    47/ Derek Bakken // Flickr

    #6. Minnesota

    Total cropland: 22,452,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 20,394,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 1,887,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 171,000 acres

  • #5. Illinois
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    #5. Illinois

    Total cropland: 23,934,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 22,672,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 1,175,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 88,000 acres

  • #4. Iowa
    49/ Don Graham // Flickr

    #4. Iowa

    Total cropland: 26,714,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 24,750,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 1,738,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 225,000 acres

  • #3. North Dakota
    50/ Andrew Filer // Flickr

    #3. North Dakota

    Total cropland: 27,120,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 24,080,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 2,718,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 322,000 acres

  • #2. Kansas
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    #2. Kansas

    Total cropland: 28,592,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 25,545,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 2,598,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 449,000 acres

  • #1. Texas
    52/ SteelMaster Buildings // Flickr

    #1. Texas

    Total cropland: 29,215,000 acres
    Cropland used for crops: 21,598,000 acres
    Idle cropland: 4,773,000 acres
    Cropland pasture: 2,844,000 acres

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