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The tables below offer information about Georgia 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, Georgia ranks 12th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 6,107,025 100.0% 12
Livestock and products 4,070,851 66.7% 11
Crops 2,036,173 33.3% 19
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Georgia's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Georgia's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Broilers(9-12 week old chickens) 46.8% Cotton 8.0%
Cattle and calves 6.5% Peanuts 5.7%
Chicken eggs 6.5% Greenhouse/nursery 5.3%
Dairy products 3.9% Onions 1.5%
Hogs 1.4% Tobacco 1.4%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

With 2/3 of Georgia's agricultural production in the livestock and livestock products group, broilers account for over 1/2 of the group's total receipts. They are the single most important agricultural product of the state. Other important livestock products are cattle and calves and chicken eggs.

Georgia's most valuable crops are cotton and peanuts, followed by greenhouse/nursery products. Onions and tobacco crops round out the top five.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1.Broilers(9-12 week old chickens) 2,857,580 46.8%
2.Cotton 487,410 8.0%
3.Cattle and calves 395,833 6.5%
4.Chicken eggs 394,223 6.5%
5. Peanuts 347,700 5.7%
6.Greenhouse/nursery 322,981 5.3%
7.Dairy products 235,536 3.9%
8. Onions 88,595 1.5%
9.Tobacco 86,426 1.4%
10.Hogs 84,793 1.4%
11. Pecans 78,060 1.3%
12.Corn for grain 69,474 1.1%
13. Corn, sweet 46,656 0.8%
14.Soybeans 45,442 0.7%
15.Tomatoes 44,370 0.7%
16. Squash 33,350 0.5%
17. Peaches 33,017 0.5%
18.Wheat 29,526 0.5%
19. Cabbage 27,500 0.5%
20. Watermelons 26,565 0.4%
21.Hay 26,257 0.4%
22. Blueberries 23,770 0.4%
23. Cantaloups 18,810 0.3%
Cucumbers *    
Beans, snap *    
*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

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

Snap beans and cucumbers are among the top 25 commodities produced in Georgia but, because specific data are not available, it is not known how they rank among the others.

The 2004 table above contains information about Georgia 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 raised in Georgia is 2,857,580. This number represents a dollar value of $2,857,580,000 (2,857,580 x 1,000): two billion, eight hundred and fifty-seven million, five hundred and eighty thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Georgia. For example, brolers account for 46.8% of Georgia's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of those broilers add up to almost 1/2 of Georgia's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of broilers (14% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of peanuts (42% of U.S. production).

Georgia 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.

Georgia farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
49,000 10,682,000 29% 218
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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