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The tables below offer information about Massachusetts 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, Massachusetts ranks 47th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 413,954 100.0% 47
Livestock and products 94,144 22.7% 46
Crops 319,810 77.3% 39
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Massachusetts's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Massachusetts's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Dairy products 12.4% Greenhouse/nursery 35.4%
Cattle and calves 1.8% Cranberries 15.1%
Aquaculture 1.7% Corn, sweet 4.1%
Chicken eggs 1.2% Apples 3.3%
Turkeys 0.7% Hay 1.8%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Massachusetts' most valuable crops include greenhouse and nursery commodities, making up over 1/3 (35.4%) of the state's total agricultural production. The production of cranberries is also very important to the state. Other valuable crops are sweet corn and apples.

The most valuable livestock products of the Bay State are dairy products. Cattle and calves, and aquaculture are also important.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Greenhouse/nursery 146,398 35.4%
2. Cranberries 62,378 15.1%
3. Dairy products 51,275 12.4%
4. Corn, sweet 16,965 4.1%
5. Apples 13,456 3.3%
6. Cattles and calves 7,571 1.8%
7. Hay 7,457 1.8%
8. Aquaculture 6,920 1.7%
9. Tobacco 5,276 1.3%
10. Chicken eggs 4,995 1.2%
11. Potatoes 4,400 1.1%
12. Turkeys 2,760 0.7%
13. Maple products 2,315 0.6%
14. Hogs 1,463 0.4%
15. Peaches 1,425 0.3%
16. Farm chickens 3 Less than 0.1%
Cucumbers *    
Mushrooms *    
Honey *    
* 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 Massachusetts 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 greenhouse and nursery products produced in Massachusetts is 146,398. This number represents a dollar value of $146,398,000 (146,398 x 1,000): one hundred and forty-six million, three hundred and ninety-eight thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Massachusetts. For example, greenhouse and nursery commodities account for 35.4% of Massachusetts's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of greenhouse and nursery products add up to more than 1/3 of Massachusetts' total agricultural production.

Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
6,100 518,500 10% 85
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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