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Bob P.B. // Flickr

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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Timlewisnm // Flickr

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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NIOSH // Flickr

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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Jennifer Johnson // Wikicommons

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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Uacescomm // Wikicommons

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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Wonderlane // Wikicommons

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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Scott Bauer // Wikicommons

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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Bob P.B. // Flickr

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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Michele Dorsey Walfred // Flickr

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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Scott Bauer // Wikicommons

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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Paul Brennan // Public Domain Pictures

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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USDA // Wikicommons

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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Tom Collins // Flickr

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 Farm Bureau // Wikiommons

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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David Wagner // Public Domain Pictures

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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Pixabay

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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K-state Research and Extension // Flickr

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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SarahTipton79 // Pixabay

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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Carol M. Highsmith // Picryl

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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Maxpixel

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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Ken Lund // Flickr

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 Office of Travel & Tourism // Flickr

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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Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

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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Derek Bakken // Flickr

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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NancyHeise // Wikicommons

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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PXhere

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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Dorfun // Goodfreephotos

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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Wikicommons

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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Fanmartin // Wikicommons

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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Pixabay

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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Pixabay

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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mlucero // Pixabay

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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Danielle Case // Wikicommons

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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Pixabay

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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Carol M. Highsmith // Picryl

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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Art Anderson // Wikicommons

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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Sheila Brown // Public Domain Pictures

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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Maxpixel

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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Fishawk // Wikicommons

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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Peter Rintels // Flickr

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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Bob Nicols // Wikicommons

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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Maxpixel

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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Pixabay

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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Pixabay

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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TheFatManWhoNeverCameBack // Wikicommons

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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Corey Coyle // Wikicommons

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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Dennis Flarren // Pixabay

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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Joe Mabel // Wikicommons

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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Mike // Flickr

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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Pixabay

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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Maxpixel

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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