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The tables below offer information about Kentucky 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, Kentucky ranks 23rd among the states for total agricultural production with 2/3 of its total coming from livestock products.
Kentucky's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists Kentucky's top commodities in each of Kentucky's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
Kentucky's most important livestock products are horses and mules followed by broilers, cattle and calves, dairy products, and hogs. The state's top crops are tobacco and soybeans. Other valuable crops are grain corn, greenhouse and nursery products, and hay.
Over 4/5 (80.1%) of the horses and mules produced in the United States are produced in Kentucky.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Kentucky.
The 2004 table above contains information about Kentucky 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 horses/mules is 950,000. This number represents a dollar value of $950,000,000 (950,000 x 1,000): nine hundred and fifty million dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Kentucky. For example, horses/mules account for 23.0% of Kentucky's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of horses and mules add up to over 1/5 of Kentucky's total agricultural production.
National ranking highlights - 2004
Kentucky 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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