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Biggest farming county in every state

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    Biggest farming county in every state

    Homesteaders and newcomers to the United States way back in the early days would grow and harvest their own food. By the time the U.S. was officially founded, cities were growing fast and more opportunity existed outside of farming resulting in less farmers. 

    In 1785, the first agricultural groups in the U.S. were founded, but the industry only began to have representation in the government almost 40 years later when the U.S. House of Representatives established the Agriculture Committee. The farming industry hit its peak in 1935 when 6.8 million farms were in operation, and even though it is in decline, farming is still a major industry in the U.S.—about 2.05 million farms are currently in operation.

    To determine the biggest farming county in every state, Stacker compiled data from the United States Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture, released every five years. The information is from 2012, the most recent data available, and includes agricultural sales from each county and what percentage those sales are of the total agricultural market in the state.

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    Alabama

    County: DeKalb
    Agricultural sales: $461,704,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 8%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for grain; soybeans for beans; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; layers; pullets for laying flock replacement; roosters; hogs and pigs

     

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    Alaska

    County: Anchorage Municipality
    Agricultural sales: $30,019,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 51%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; vegetables harvested, all; potatoes; lettuce, all; sod harvested
    Top livestock: Layers; cattles and calves; hogs and pigs; horse and ponies; colonies of bees

     

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    Arizona

    County: Maricopa
    Agricultural sales: $1,003,475,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 27%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; cotton, all; upland cotton; wheat for grain, all; durum wheat for grain
    Top livestock: Layers; pullets for laying flock replacement; cattle and calves; colonies of bees; horses and ponies

     

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    Arkansas

    County: Benton
    Agricultural sales: $529,128,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 5%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; field and grass seed crops, all; corn for silage; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; layers; turkeys; pullets for laying flock replacement; cattle and calves

     

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    California

    County: Fresno
    Agricultural sales: $4,973,041,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 12%
    Top crops: Grapes; vegetables harvested, all; almonds; cotton, all; tomatoes in the open
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; turkeys; cattle and calves; sheep and lambs; colonies of bees

     

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    Colorado

    County: Weld
    Agricultural sales: $1,860,718,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 24%
    Top crops: Wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for grain; corn for silage
    Top livestock: Layers; cattle and calves; pullets for laying flock replacement; sheep and lambs; horses and ponies

     

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    Connecticut

    County: New London
    Agricultural sales: $118,331,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 22%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for silage; corn for grain; nursery stock crops; cut Christmas trees
    Top livestock: Layers; pullets for laying flock replacement; broilers and other meat-type chickens; cattle and calves; roosters

     

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    Delaware

    County: Sussex
    Agricultural sales: $921,129,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 72%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; soybeans for beans; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; vegetables harvested, all
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; layers; cattle and calves; roosters; hogs and pigs

     

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    Florida

    County: Palm Beach
    Agricultural sales: $999,038,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 13%
    Top crops: Sugarcane for sugar; vegetables harvested, all; sweet corn; sod harvested; sugarcane for seed
    Top livestock: Colonies of bees; cattle and calves; horses and ponies; layers; goats, all

     

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    Georgia

    County: Franklin
    Agricultural sales: $367,054,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 4%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; soybeans for beans; corn for grain
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; layers; roosters; pullets for laying flock replacement; cattle and calves

     

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    Hawaii

    County: Hawaii
    Agricultural sales: $247,245,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 37%
    Top crops: Short-rotation woody crops; macadamia nuts; coffee; papayas; vegetables harvested, all
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; layers; colonies of bees; sheep and lambs; goats, all

     

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    Idaho

    County: Cassia
    Agricultural sales: $953,728,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 12%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; sugarbeets for sugar; vegetables harvested, all
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; layers; hogs and pigs; sheep and lambs; colonies of bees

     

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    Illinois

    County: McLean
    Agricultural sales: $500,997,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 3%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; soybeans for beans; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for silage; wheat for grain, all
    Top livestock: Hogs and pigs; cattle and calves; layers; sheep and lambs; goats, all

     

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    Indiana

    County: Jasper
    Agricultural sales: $357,402,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 3%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; soybeans for beans; corn for silage; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; popcorn
    Top livestock: Pullets for laying flock replacement; cattle and calves; hogs and pigs; broilers and other meat-type chickens; layers

     

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    Iowa

    County: Sioux
    Agricultural sales: $1,613,087,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 5%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; soybeans for beans; corn for silage; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; oats for grain
    Top livestock: Layers; pullets for laying flock replacement; hogs and pigs; broilers and other meat-type chickens; cattle and calves

     

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    Kansas

    County: Haskell
    Agricultural sales: $1,009,877,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 6%
    Top crops: Wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; corn for grain; sorghum for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; horses and ponies; mules, burros, and donkeys; hogs and pigs

     

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    Kentucky

    County: Graves
    Agricultural sales: $337,730,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 7%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; soybeans for beans; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; pullets for laying flock replacement; layers; roosters; cattle and calves

     

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    Louisiana

    County: East Carroll Parish
    Agricultural sales: $192,254,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 5%
    Top crops: Soybeans for beans; corn for grain; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; cotton, all
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; hogs and pigs; goats; all layers; horses and ponies

     

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    Maine

    County: Aroostook
    Agricultural sales: $210,517,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 28%
    Top crops: Vegetables harvested, all; potatoes; oats for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; barley for grain
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; layers; deer; broilers and other meat-type chickens; sheep and lambs

     

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    Maryland

    County: Caroline
    Agricultural sales: $257,915,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 11%
    Top crops: Soybeans for beans; corn for grain; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; vegetables harvested, all
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; cattle and calves; layers; horses and ponies; goats, all

     

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    Massachusetts

    County: Plymouth
    Agricultural sales: $108,063,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 22%
    Top crops: Land in berries; cranberries; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; vegetables harvested, all; sweet corn
    Top livestock: Layers; broilers and other meat-type chickens; horses and ponies; hogs and pigs; turkeys

     

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    Michigan

    County: Huron
    Agricultural sales: $654,564,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 8%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; dry edible beans, excluding limas; sugarbeets for sugar; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain
    Top livestock: Layers; pullets for laying flock replacement; cattle and calves; hogs and pigs; colonies of bees

     

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    Minnesota

    County: Stearns
    Agricultural sales: $808,498,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 4%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; soybeans for beans; corn for silage; oats for grain
    Top livestock: Turkeys; broilers and other meat-type chickens; layers; cattle and calves; pullets for laying flock replacement

     

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    Mississippi

    County: Leake
    Agricultural sales: $283,278,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 4%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; soybeans for beans; cotton, all; upland cotton; wheat for grain, all
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; layers; pullets for laying flock replacement; roosters; cattle and calves

     

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    Missouri

    County: Barry
    Agricultural sales: $357,822,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 4%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for grain; field and grass seed crops, all; soybeans for beans; wheat for grain, all
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; turkeys; layers; pullets for laying flock replacement; cattle and calves

     

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    Montana

    County: Yellowstone
    Agricultural sales: $216,815,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 5%
    Top crops: Wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; spring wheat for grain; barley for grain
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; layers; pullets for laying flock replacement; broilers and other meat-type chickens; colonies of bees

     

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    Nebraska

    County: Cuming
    Agricultural sales: $1,081,302,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 5%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; soybeans for beans; corn for silage; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; oats for grain
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; hogs and pigs; colonies of bees; layers; sheep and lambs

     

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    Nevada

    County: Humboldt
    Agricultural sales: $135,337,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 18%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; vegetables harvested, all; potatoes
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; sheep and lambs; chukars; pheasants; horses and ponies

     

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    New Hampshire

    County: Merrimack
    Agricultural sales: $45,266,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 24%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for silage; vegetables harvested, all; sweet corn; apples
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; layers; horses and ponies; broilers and other meat-type chickens; sheep and lambs

     

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    New Jersey

    County: Cumberland
    Agricultural sales: $170,362,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 17%
    Top crops: Soybeans for beans; vegetables harvested, all; corn for grain; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain
    Top livestock: Layers; quail; pheasants; cattle and calves; horses and ponies

     

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    New Mexico

    County: Curry
    Agricultural sales: $447,315,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 18%
    Top crops: Wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for silage; sorghum for grain
    Top livestock: Horses and ponies; layers; sheep and lambs; goats, all

     

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    New York

    County: Wyoming
    Agricultural sales: $318,505,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 6%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for silage; corn for grain; vegetables harvested, all; potatoes
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; layers; broilers and other meat-type chickens; goats, all; colonies of bees

     

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    North Carolina

    County: Duplin
    Agricultural sales: $1,276,421,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 10%
    Top crops: Soybeans for beans; corn for grain; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; turkeys; hogs and pigs; layers; pullets for laying flock replacement

     

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    North Dakota

    County: Cass
    Agricultural sales: $567,108,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 5%
    Top crops: Soybeans for beans; corn for grain; wheat for grain, all; spring wheat for grain; sugarbeets for sugar
    Top livestock: Colonies of bees; cattle and calves; hogs and pigs; sheep and lambs; layers

     

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    Ohio

    County: Mercer
    Agricultural sales: $596,366,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 6%
    Top crops: Soybeans for beans; corn for grain; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; corn for silage
    Top livestock: Layers; turkeys; pullets for laying flock replacement; hogs and pigs; cattle and calves

     

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    Oklahoma

    County: Texas
    Agricultural sales: $1,013,921,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 14%
    Top crops: Wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; corn for grain; sorghum for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop
    Top livestock: Hogs and pigs; cattle and calves; horses and ponies; goats, all; layers

     

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    Oregon

    County: Marion
    Agricultural sales: $592,856,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 12%
    Top crops: Field and grass seed crops, all; vegetables harvested, all; wheat for grain, all; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; winter wheat for grain
    Top livestock: Layers; broilers and other meat-type chickens; pullets for laying flock replacement; cattle and calves; colonies of bees

     

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    Pennsylvania

    County: Lancaster
    Agricultural sales: $1,474,954,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 20%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for silage; soybeans for beans; wheat for grain, all
    Top livestock: Layers; broilers and other meat-type chickens; pullets for laying flock replacement; hogs and pigs; cattle and calves

     

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    Rhode Island

    County: Washington
    Agricultural sales: $23,921,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 40%
    Top crops: Sod harvested; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; vegetables harvested, all; corn for silage; sweet corn
    Top livestock: Layers; cattle and calves; horses and ponies; sheep and lambs; colonies of bees

     

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    South Carolina

    County: Orangeburg
    Agricultural sales: $231,543,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 8%
    Top crops: Cotton, all; upland cotton; corn for grain; peanuts for nuts; soybeans for beans
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; layers; roosters; hogs and pigs; cattle and calves

     

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    South Dakota

    County: Brown
    Agricultural sales: $520,639,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 5%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; soybeans for beans; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; wheat for grain, all; spring wheat for grain
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; hogs and pigs; sheep and lambs; layers; horses and ponies

     

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    Tennessee

    County: Gibson
    Agricultural sales: $145,186,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 4%
    Top crops: Soybeans for beans; corn for grain; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; cotton, all
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; hogs and pigs; layers; horses and ponies; sheep and lambs

     

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    Texas

    County: Deaf Smith
    Agricultural sales: $1,379,076,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 5%
    Top crops: Wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; sorghum for grain; corn for grain
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; broilers and other meat-type chickens; horses and ponies; layers; bison

     

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    Utah

    County: Beaver
    Agricultural sales: $288,501,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 16%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for grain; corn for silage; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain
    Top livestock: Hogs and pigs; cattle and calves; horses and ponies; layers; sheep and lambs

     

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    Vermont

    County: Addison
    Agricultural sales: $185,533,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 24%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for silage; corn for grain; soybeans for beans; apples
    Top livestock: Layers; cattle and calves; broilers and other meat-type chickens; pullets for laying flock replacement; rabbits, live

     

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    Virginia

    County: Rockingham
    Agricultural sales: $658,995,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 18%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for silage; corn for grain; soybeans for beans; wheat for grain, all
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; turkeys; layers; pullets for laying flock replacement; cattle and calves

     

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    Washington

    County: Grant
    Agricultural sales: $1,762,295,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 19%
    Top crops: Wheat for grain, all; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; winter wheat for grain; vegetables harvested, all; corn for grain
    Top livestock: Layers; pullets for laying flock replacement; cattle and calves; colonies of bees; horses and ponies

     

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    West Virginia

    County: Hardy
    Agricultural sales: $188,970,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 23%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for grain; corn for silage; soybeans for beans; barley for grain
    Top livestock: Broilers and other meat-type chickens; turkeys; pullets for laying flock replacement; layers; roosters

     

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    Wisconsin

    County: Dane
    Agricultural sales: $471,599,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 4%
    Top crops: Corn for grain; soybeans for beans; forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for silage; wheat for grain, all
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; layers; hogs and pigs; pheasants; horses and ponies

     

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    Wyoming

    County: Goshen
    Agricultural sales: $246,561,000
    Percent of state's total agricultural sales: 15%
    Top crops: Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; corn for grain; wheat for grain, all; winter wheat for grain; dry edible beans, excluding limas
    Top livestock: Cattle and calves; colonies of bees; horses and ponies; layers; sheep and lambs

     

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