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The tables below offer information about Louisiana 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, Louisiana ranks 34th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 2,225,803 100.0% 34
Livestock and products 877,993 39.4% 38
Crops 1,347,810 60.6% 27
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Louisiana's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Louisiana's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 9.2% Cane for sugar 14.9%
Dairy products 3.5% Rice 10.9%
Aquaculture 2.5% Soybeans 9.0%
Chicken eggs 1.6% Cotton 8.8%
Hogs 0.1% Corn for grain 6.0%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Louisiana produces about 1/3 (33.4%) of all the sugar cane grown in the United States.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Cane for sugar 331,220 14.9%
2. Rice 243,420 10.9%
3. Cattle and calves 205,490 9.2%
4. Soybeans 200,610 9.0%
5. Cotton 196,766 8.8%
6. Corn for grain 134,591 6.0%
7. Dairy products 77,220 3.5%
8. Greenhouse/nursery 71,700 3.2%
9. Aquaculture 56,116 2.5%
10. Sweet potatoes 48,881 2.2%
11. Chicken eggs 34,966 1.6%
12. Wheat 28,393 1.3%
13. Sorghum grain 16,108 0.7%
14. Hay 15,056 0.7%
15. Pecans 9,675 0.4%
16. Hogs 3,065 0.1%
17. Honey 2,710 0.1%
18. Peaches 1,136 0.1%
19. Watermelons 819 Less than 0.1%
20. Farm chickens 761 Less than 0.1%
Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) *    
Sunflower *    
Wool *    
* 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 Louisiana 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 sugar cane produced in Louisiana is 331,220. This number represents a dollar value of $331,220,000 (331,220 x 1,000): three hundred and thirty-one million, two hundred and twenty thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Louisiana. For example, sugar cane accounts for 14.9% of Louisiana's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of sugar can add up to a little less than 1/6 of Louisiana's total agricultural production.

Louisiana 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.

Louisiana farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
27,200 7,860,800 28% 289
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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