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The tables below offer information about California 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, California ranks 1st among the states for total agricultural production and for total crop production. Only Texas surpasses California in the production of livestock and livestock products.
California's crop production dollars total more than 2 1/2 times the dollars generated by livestock and livestock products.
California's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists California's top commodities in each of California's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
California is the top producer of agricultural products in the nation. It produces a wide array of commodities but, its single most valuable category is dairy products. In the livestock group, production of cattle and calves is also important to the state, as is, to a lesser degree, the value of California eggs. Broilers can be counted among the state's top livestock products but, because data are not available, it's not possible to determine where they rank among the other commodities.
Among a broad range of crop products, California's greenhouse and nursery products rank at the top of the list. Grapes, almonds, lettuce, and strawberries round out the top five most valuable California crops.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of California.
Broilers and carrots are among the top 25 commodities produced in California but, because specific data are not available, it is not known how they rank among the others.
The 2004 table above contains information about California 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 dairy products produced in California is 5,365,992. This number represents a dollar value of $5,365,992,000 (5,365,992 x 1,000): five billion, three hundred and sixty-five million, nine hundred and ninety-two thousand dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in California. For example, dairy products account for 16.9% of California's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of dairy products comprise a little more than 1/6 of California's total agricultural production.
National ranking highlights - 2004
California 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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