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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.

ALSO: Best farmers' markets in America

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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

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Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wkicommons

#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

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health // Flickr

#49. Alaska

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

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#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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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inkknife_2000 // Wikicommons

#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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Ildar Sagdejev // Wikicommons

#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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Robbiegiles // Wikicommons

#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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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#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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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#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

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USDA NRCS South Dakota // Wikicommons

#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

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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

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#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

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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

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#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

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#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

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On^ste82 // Wikicommons

#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

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#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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