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The tables below offer information about Alaska agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004

As you can see from the table below, Alaska ranks 50th among the states for total agricultural production. In the livestock and livestock products category, Alaska, our largest state, outranks only the smallest state, Rhode Island.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 52,987 100.0% 50
Livestock & livestock products 28,658 54.1% 49
Crops 24,329 45.9% 50
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Alaska's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

This table lists Alaska's top commodities in each of Alaska's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.

Alaska's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Dairy products 5.3% Greenhouse/nursery 27.6%
Cattle and calves 2.7% Hay 7.4%
Hogs 0.8% Potatoes 4.2%
    Barley 0.8%
    Oats 0.1%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Alaska.

As the statistics tell us, Alaska is not a major agricultural state. As a matter of fact, it ranks dead last in total agricultural production, over 25% of which is provided by greenhouse and nursery products.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Greenhouse/nursery 14,630 27.6%
2. Hay 3,910 7.4%
3. Dairy products 2,822 5.3%
4. Potatoes 2,250 4.2%
5. Cattle and calves 1,413 2.7%
6. Barley 450 0.8%
7. Hogs 409 0.8%
8. Oats 79 0.1%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about Alaska agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).

The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of greenhouse and nursery products is 14,630. This number represents a dollar value of $14,630,000 (14,630 x 1,000): Fourteen million, six hundred and thirty thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Alaska. For example, greenhouse and nursery products account for 27.6% of Alaska's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of greenhouse and nursery products add up to over 1/4 of Alaska's total agricultural production.

Alaska farms and farmland - 2004

Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.

Alaska farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
620 900,240 Less than 1% 1,452
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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