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Biggest agricultural exports in every state

  • Biggest agricultural exports in every state

    There are more than 2 million farms in the United States, about 98% of which are operated by families, individuals, family partnerships, or family corporations, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. About 87% of all agricultural products in America are produced on family ranches or farms. A single farm feeds an average of 166 people per year, both in the U.S. and abroad. Even so, farming is a mere sliver of the U.S. economy, representing just 1% of America’s GDP—farm and ranch families make up less than 2% of America’s population.

    More African Americans are operating farms now than ever before, likewise for Hispanic and Latino farm operators. One in four farmers are beginning farmers, a term that represents those with fewer than 10 years in agriculture work—their average age is 46. About 11% of U.S. farmers served or are serving in the military.

    America imports $129 billion worth of agricultural products a year, but the country maintains a positive trade balance by exporting $137 billion worth. This list examines those exports. Using 2018 agricultural export data from the USDA, Stacker developed a list of each state’s top agricultural exports and ranked them against all states. The USDA estimates agricultural commodity exports based on U.S. farm-cash-receipts data.

    Some categories are cut and dry, others not so much. “Other livestock products,” for example, includes other non-poultry meats, animal fat, live farm animals, and other animal parts. The “other poultry products” classification includes turkey meat, eggs, and other fowl products. Then there’s “feeds and other feed grains.” That refers to processed feeds, fodder, barley, oats, rye, and sorghum. The “other oilseeds and products” category refers to peanuts (oil stock), other oil crops, cornmeal, other oilcake and meal, protein substances, bran, and residues. Finally, there are “other plant products,” which include sweeteners and products, other horticulture products, planting seeds, cocoa, coffee, and other processed foods.

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  • Alabama

    - 2018 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Broiler meat: $343.0 million (#4 among all states)
    - #2. Cotton: $253.9 million (#8)
    - #3. Other plant products: $216.8 million (#23)
    - #4. Other oilseeds and products: $121.9 million (#5)
    - #5. Beef and veal: $65.2 million (#26)
    - #6. Other livestock products: $59.1 million (#15)
    - #7. Other poultry products: $59.0 million (#13)
    - #8. Soybeans: $58.1 million (#23)
    - #9. Corn: $41.4 million (#27)
    - #10. Feeds and other feed grains: $34.8 million (#35)

    Families or individuals operate 91% of all farms in Alabama, according to a 2019 Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries report based on 2017 census data. The state’s agricultural producers sold $6 billion worth of products that year, but those products cost $4.6 billion to produce.

  • Alaska

    - 2018 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Other plant products: $12.0 million (#50 among all states)
    - #2. Other livestock products: $1.6 million (#49)
    - #3. Feeds and other feed grains: $1.1 million (#46)
    - #4. Vegetables, processed: $0.6 million (#38)
    - #5. Beef and veal: $0.4 million (#49)
    - #6. Grain products, processed: $0.4 million (#46)
    - #7. Vegetables, fresh: $0.3 million (#38)
    - #8. Pork: $0.1 million (#48)
    - #9. Dairy products: $0.1 million (#50)
    - #10. Hides and skins: $0.1 million (#49)

    With the number of farms in the state jumping by 30% in the five years between 2012–17, Alaska is experiencing a boom in agriculture, according to Politico. Residents across the state have adopted a local-first attitude toward eating, and it shows in the number of young people taking up the trade. With 46% of Alaska’s farmers working on fewer than 10 years experience, no other state has a higher percentage of beginning farmers.

  • Arizona

    - 2018 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Vegetables, processed: $284.4 million (#2 among all states)
    - #2. Other plant products: $249.7 million (#20)
    - #3. Cotton: $188.4 million (#11)
    - #4. Vegetables, fresh: $169.4 million (#2)
    - #5. Dairy products: $120.0 million (#13)
    - #6. Beef and veal: $105.7 million (#17)
    - #7. Fruits, fresh: $77.3 million (#6)
    - #8. Fruits, processed: $66.1 million (#6)
    - #9. Feeds and other feed grains: $49.5 million (#28)
    - #10. Tree nuts: $46.6 million (#6)

    Cotton ranks among the top three exports in Arizona and #11 in the nation—but that could all be changing. Cotton planting plummeted in the state from 695,000 acres in 1953 to 168,000 today, according to a report from Phoenix local media outlet KTAR News. It now costs about 83 cents to produce a pound of cotton, which sells for only about 65 cents per pound.

  • Arkansas

    - 2018 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Rice: $687.2 million (#1 among all states)
    - #2. Soybeans: $647.4 million (#11)
    - #3. Broiler meat: $406.1 million (#2)
    - #4. Cotton: $335.4 million (#5)
    - #5. Soybean meal: $193.7 million (#11)
    - #6. Other poultry products: $124.1 million (#5)
    - #7. Corn: $112.1 million (#18)
    - #8. Vegetable oils: $100.4 million (#11)
    - #9. Grain products, processed: $94.8 million (#14)
    - #10. Feeds and other feed grains: $76.4 million (#23)

    Arkansas boasts eight agricultural products with nine-figure exports, but hemp is not one of them. According to a local NBC affiliate, the state’s farmers are losing out on a boom that started with the 2018 legalization of hemp production, an event that happened to coincide with the current frenzy over CBD oil, which is a hemp-based product. Thanks to odd and seemingly self-defeating state law, Arkansas hemp farmers are the only growers in the country who are not allowed to sell hemp directly to retailers at retail prices.

  • California

    - 2018 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Tree nuts: $8.0 billion (#1 among all states)
    - #2. Other plant products: $3.5 billion (#1)
    - #3. Fruits, fresh: $3.0 billion (#1)
    - #4. Fruits, processed: $2.6 billion (#1)
    - #5. Vegetables, processed: $1.9 billion (#1)
    - #6. Vegetables, fresh: $1.1 billion (#1)
    - #7. Dairy products: $994.1 million (#1)
    - #8. Cotton: $509.1 million (#3)
    - #9. Rice: $508.9 million (#2)
    - #10. Beef and veal: $397.3 million (#7)

    The undisputed growing epicenter of the United States, California’s $50 billion agricultural sector includes more than 400 commodities. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the state provides one-third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts. A full 13% of America’s total U.S. agriculture value is credited to the Golden State.

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  • Colorado

    - 2018 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Beef and veal: $431.1 million (#5 among all states)
    - #2. Other plant products: $352.1 million (#13)
    - #3. Wheat: $204.4 million (#8)
    - #4. Feeds and other feed grains: $183.7 million (#13)
    - #5. Corn: $151.9 million (#15)
    - #6. Dairy products: $118.1 million (#14)
    - #7. Grain products, processed: $91.9 million (#15)
    - #8. Other livestock products: $89.5 million (#11)
    - #9. Vegetables, processed: $60.8 million (#16)
    - #10. Hides and skins: $59.6 million (#7)

    Colorado’s massive and powerful cattle and ranching industry—which now includes huge herds of American bison—is at war with alternative meat, according to the Colorado Sun. As more plant-based and lab-grown offerings gobble up territory in American restaurants, grocery stores, and even drive-throughs, the industry is lobbying hard for legislation that would create new labeling standards. The new rules would force marketers to prominently identify beef imported from another country or grown in a lab. It would also forbid marketers from labeling vegetarian or vegan offerings as “meat.”

  • Connecticut

    - 2018 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Other plant products: $233.8 million (#21 among all states)
    - #2. Other livestock products: $20.8 million (#40)
    - #3. Dairy products: $11.3 million (#34)
    - #4. Other poultry products: $6.5 million (#38)
    - #5. Beef and veal: $2.1 million (#44)
    - #6. Feeds and other feed grains: $1.0 million (#47)
    - #7. Grain products, processed: $0.4 million (#47)
    - #8. Hides and skins: $0.3 million (#44)
    - #9. Pork: $0.1 million (#47)
    - #10. Broiler meat: $0.0 million (#31)

    Connecticut’s #1 export is “other plant products,” but those products are much more colorful than that bland title implies—literally. According to Farm Flavor, greenhouse and nursery production dominates state agriculture so thoroughly that the industry has a higher market value than all other agricultural products in the state combined.

  • Delaware

    - 2018 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Broiler meat: $106.8 million (#8 among all states)
    - #2. Other plant products: $30.1 million (#48)
    - #3. Soybeans: $27.8 million (#26)
    - #4. Corn: $27.3 million (#29)
    - #5. Feeds and other feed grains: $17.4 million (#39)
    - #6. Wheat: $9.9 million (#31)
    - #7. Soybean meal: $8.3 million (#26)
    - #8. Grain products, processed: $7.7 million (#38)
    - #9. Vegetables, processed: $5.5 million (#33)
    - #10. Other poultry products: $4.4 million (#43)

    Nearly three out of four dollars of Delaware’s cash farm income comes from meat chickens—both Tyson and Perdue have operations there, according to the Delmarva Poultry Industry. Delaware-produced broiler chickens are big, 7.2 pounds compared to the national average of 6.2. Most of the grain grown in the state is used for chicken feed.

  • Florida

    - 2018 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Other plant products: $1.7 billion (#2 among all states)
    - #2. Fruits, fresh: $284.0 million (#3)
    - #3. Vegetables, processed: $256.0 million (#5)
    - #4. Fruits, processed: $242.9 million (#3)
    - #5. Vegetables, fresh: $152.4 million (#5)
    - #6. Other oilseeds and products: $104.9 million (#6)
    - #7. Other livestock products: $97.5 million (#9)
    - #8. Dairy products: $73.7 million (#17)
    - #9. Beef and veal: $63.3 million (#27)
    - #10. Cotton: $42.4 million (#17)

    In 2017, 47,000 farms and ranches were sprawled across 9.45 million acres of Florida land, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In terms of its famous oranges, Florida is responsible for 56% of the value in the entire United States—54% for grapefruit. In terms of value, Florida produces not only more oranges and grapefruits than any other state in America, but also more cucumbers, squash, fresh market tomatoes, fresh market snap beans, and sugarcane.

  • Georgia

    - 2018 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Cotton: $706.8 million (#2 among all states)
    - #2. Other oilseeds and products: $611.2 million (#1)
    - #3. Broiler meat: $453.4 million (#1)
    - #4. Other plant products: $268.8 million (#18)
    - #5. Tree nuts: $101.4 million (#3)
    - #6. Other poultry products: $99.7 million (#8)
    - #7. Vegetables, processed: $89.0 million (#12)
    - #8. Vegetables, fresh: $53.0 million (#12)
    - #9. Other livestock products: $52.5 million (#18)
    - #10. Corn: $51.1 million (#24)

    The oldest and largest industry in the state, agriculture—as well as forestry and related fields—employs one in seven Georgians, according to the Georgia Farm Bureau. Year after year, the state produces more spring onions, blueberries, pecans, broiler chickens, and peanuts than any other state. In all, more than 42,000 farms are spread across nearly 10 million acres of Georgia land.

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