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The tables below offer information about Connecticut 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, Connecticut ranks 44th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 526,580 100.0% 44
Livestock and products 177,929 33.8% 45
Crops 348,650 66.2% 40
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Connecticut's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Connecticut's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Dairy products 12.7% Greenhouse/nursery 44.2%
Chicken eggs 8.7% Corn, sweet 2.0%
Aquaculture 3.2% Apples 1.4%
Cattle and calves 1.6% Tobacco 1.3%
Hogs 0.1% Hay 1.1%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The single most important commodities produced in the State of Connecticut are greenhouse and nursery products. They account for over 40% of the state'stotal agricultural production. Down the list of crop group product and somewhat important to the state's production are sweet corn, apples, tobacco, and hay.

The most important livestock group products for the state are dairy products. Eggs and aquaculture (hard clams and oysters) are important, followed by cattle and calves and hogs.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1.Greenhouse/nursery 233,011 44.2%
2.Dairy products 67,124 12.7%
3.Chicken eggs 45,944 8.7%
4.Aquaculture 16,725 3.2%
5. Corn, sweet 10,664 2.0%
6.Cattle and calves 8,587 1.6%
7.Apples 7,387 1.4%
8.Tobacco 6,860 1.3%
9.Hay 5,794 1.1%
10. Peaches 1,360 0.3%
11. Pears 720 0.1%
12. Maple products 569 0.1%
13.Hogs 491 0.1%
14.Turkeys 171 Less than 0.1%
15. Farm chickens 2 Less than 0.1%
Mushrooms *    
Honey *    
*Commodities at the bottom of the above ranked list of commodities and having no accompanying data would have appeared within the ranked list of leading commodities, but were excluded to avoid disclosure of confidential information about individual producers.
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Mushrooms and honey are among the top 25 commodities produced in Connecticut but, because specific data are not available, it is not known how they rank among the others.

The 2004 table above contains information about Connecticut 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 produced in Connecticut is 233,011. This number represents a dollar value of $233,011,000 (233,011 x 1,000): two hundred and thirty-three million, eleven thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Connecticut. For example, production of greenhouse and nursery products accounts for 44.2% of Connecticut's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the greenhouse and nursery products add up to over 2/5 of Connecticut's total agricultural production.

Connecticut 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.

Connecticut farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
4,200 361,200 12% 86
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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