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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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