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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.
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 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.
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.
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