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The tables below offer information about Maine 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, Maine ranks 42nd among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 553,830 100.0% 42
Livestock and products 330,609 59.7% 42
Crops 223,221 40.3% 42
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Maine's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Maine's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Dairy products 19.7% Potatoes 16.6%
Chicken eggs 11.1% Greenhouse/nursery 7.5%
Aquaculture 6.8% Blueberries 3.8%
Cattle and calves 3.0% Apples 2.3%
Hogs 0.2% Hay 1.4%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Maine's most valuable livestock products include dairy products, chicken eggs, and aquaculture. Cattle and calves are also important.

The most important crop in Maine is the potato crop. Other valuable commodities are greenhouse and nursery products, blueberries, and apples.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Dairy products 109,260 19.7%
2. Potatoes 92,126 16.6%
3. Chicken eggs 61,408 11.1%
4. Greenhouse/nursery 41,322 7.5%
5. Aquaculture 37,385 6.8%
6. Blueberries 20,970 3.8%
7. Cattle and calves 16,667 3.0%
8. Apples 12,713 2.3%
9. Hay 7,824 1.4%
10. Maple products 5,626 1.0%
11. Corn, sweet 3,960 0.7%
12. Oats 3,723 0.7%
13. Hogs 1,354 0.2%
14. Honey 276 Less than 0.1%
15. Farm chickens 31 Less than 0.1%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about Maine 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 Maine is 109,260. This number represents a dollar value of $109,260,000 (109,260 x 1,000): one hundred and nine million, two hundred and sixty thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Maine. For example, dairy products account for 19.7% of Maine's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by dairy products add up to almost 1/5 of Maine's total agricultural production.

Maine 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.

Maine farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
7,200 1,368,000 7% 190
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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