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Most valuable agricultural products from every state

  • Most valuable agricultural products from every state

    Most of us are familiar with the U.S. Census of Population and Housing, the national count that helps update legislative districts and designate federal funding. But there are other censuses equally as important. Did you know the U.S. government also creates a census of agricultural commodities produced in all 50 states? Since soybeans and cattle cannot fill out forms, the survey is filled out by farmers and ranchers producing any crop or livestock expected to earn at least $1,000 annually. This agriculture census provides a glimpse at the total value of agricultural products sold (the sum of all agricultural commodities sold), top agricultural commodities sold (total amount sold of crops, aquaculture, and animals grouped by type), and the most valuable crops produced (the total amount of each crop produced, not necessarily sold).

    Stacker presents this list of states in alphabetical order, with each entry’s national ranking. We used data from the 2017 state agricultural overview reports, commodity values from 2012, and crop values from survey data updated as of Jan. 3, 2019. See how your state ranks as an agricultural powerhouse, and which products are providing the biggest boost to your local economy.

  • Alabama

    Total value of agricultural products sold: $5.6 billion (#25 among all states)
    Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($3.6 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($435.5 million), Cattle and calves ($429.3 million)
    Most valuable crops produced: Cotton ($265.9 million), Hay & Haylage ($208.6 million), Corn ($157.0 million)

  • Alaska

    Total value of agricultural products sold: $58.9 million (#50 among all states)
    Top agricultural commodities sold: Aquaculture ($29.8 million), Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($13.0 million), Cattle and calves ($1.1 million)
    Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($9.0 million), Potatoes ($2.7 million), Barley ($1.3 million)

  • Arizona

    Total value of agricultural products sold: $3.7 billion (#32 among all states)
    Top agricultural commodities sold: Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($764.1 million), Milk from cows ($763.0 million), Cattle and calves ($700.3 million)
    Most valuable crops produced: Lettuce ($566.8 million), Hay & Haylage ($423.2 million), Spinach ($119.4 million)

  • Arkansas

    Total value of agricultural products sold: $9.8 billion (#14 among all states)
    Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($4.2 billion), Poultry and eggs ($4.0 billion), Cattle and calves ($766.5 million)
    Most valuable crops produced: Soybeans ($1.7 billion), Rice ($950.4 million), Corn ($381.1 million)

  • California

    Total value of agricultural products sold: $42.6 billion (#1 among all states)
    Top agricultural commodities sold: Fruit, tree nuts, and berries ($17.6 billion), Milk from cows ($6.9 billion), Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($6.3 billion)
    Most valuable crops produced: Grapes ($5.8 billion), Almonds ($5.6 billion), Strawberries ($3.1 billion)

  • Colorado

    Total value of agricultural products sold: $7.8 billion (#20 among all states)
    Top agricultural commodities sold: Cattle and calves ($4.3 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.5 billion), Milk from cows ($559.4 million)
    Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($701.1 million), Corn ($622.8 million), Wheat ($328.5 million)

  • Connecticut

    Total value of agricultural products sold: $550.6 million (#46 among all states)
    Top agricultural commodities sold: Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($252.9 million), Milk from cows ($69.8 million), Poultry and eggs ($48.9 million)
    Most valuable crops produced: Apples ($19.9 million), Hay ($15.7 million), Maple Syrup ($1.2 million)

  • Delaware

    Total value of agricultural products sold: $1.3 billion (#39 among all states)
    Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($811.3 million), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($345.3 million), Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($61.0 million)
    Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($127.7 million), Soybeans ($74.1 million), Wheat ($22.9 million)

  • Florida

    Total value of agricultural products sold: $7.7 billion (#21 among all states)
    Top agricultural commodities sold: Fruit, tree nuts, and berries ($1.8 billion), Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod ($1.7 billion), Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($1.3 billion)
    Most valuable crops produced: Oranges ($1.0 billion), Strawberries ($336.9 million), Tomatoes ($262.0 million)

  • Georgia

    Total value of agricultural products sold: $9.3 billion (#15 among all states)
    Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($4.8 billion), Cotton and cottonseed ($1.0 billion), Other crops and hay ($1.0 billion)
    Most valuable crops produced: Cotton ($794.9 million), Peanuts ($780.5 million), Pecans ($256.8 million)

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