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The tables below offer information about Arkansas 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, Arkansas ranks 11th among the states for total agricultural production. Though the state doesn't quite make it into the top ten for total agricultural production, Arkansas is a top ten producer in the livestock and livestock products category.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 6,604,400 100.0% 11
Livestock products 4,172,669 63.2% 9
Crops 2,431,732 36.8% 18
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Arkansas's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Arkansas's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 41.4% Rice 12.2%
Cattle and calves 8.4% Soybeans 11.6%
Chicken eggs 5.5% Cotton 7.0%
Turkeys 3.4% Corn for grain 1.8%
Aquaculture 1.6% Wheat 1.7%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Broilers are Arkansas' single most important agricultural product, providing over 40% of the state's total agricultural receipts. In the livestock group, cattle and calves, chicken eggs and turkeys are also important products for the state. Farm-raised catfish provide the biggest portion of the aquaculture category.

In the crops group, rice and soybeans are Arkansas' most valuable crops. Cotton is also important and grain corn and wheat round out the top five crop products of the state.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

The dollars produced by the production of broilers in Arkansas is greater than the dollars generated by all of the state's other crops put together.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 2,731,300 41.4%
2. Rice 808,021 12.2%
3. Soybeans 766,264 11.6%
4. Cattle and calves 555,145 8.4%
5. Cotton 464,672 7.0%
6. Chicken eggs 362,442 5.5%
7. Turkeys 226,718 3.4%
8. Corn for grain 116,034 1.8%
9. Wheat 113,470 1.7%
10. Aquaculture 106,618 1.6%
11. Hogs 99,741 1.5%
12. Hay 66,188 1.0%
13. Dairy products 52,080 0.8%
14. Greenhouse/nursery 50,539 0.8%
15. Farm chickens 12,196 0.2%
16. Sorghum grain 11,808 0.2%
17. Tomatoes 4,384 0.1%
18. Peaches 3,117 Less than 0.1%
19. Pecans 2,240 Less than 0.1%
20. Blueberries 2,216 Less than 0.1%
21. Honey 2,052 Less than 0.1%
22. Watermelons 1,750 Less than 0.1%
23. Beans, snap 1,360 Less than 0.1%
24. Grapes 1,355 Less than 0.1%
25. Mushrooms 714 Less than 0.1%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about Arkansas 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 broilers produced in Arkansas is 2,731,300. This number represents a dollar value of $2,731,300,000 (2,731,300 x 1,000): two billion, seven hundred and thirty-one million, three hundred thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Arkansas. For example, broilers account for 41.4% of Arkansas's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of broilers account for over 2/5 of Arkansas's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of rice (47% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks second in aquaculture (12% of U.S. production); primarily channel catfish and bait fish.

Arkansas 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.

Arkansas farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
47,500 14,392,500 43% 303
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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