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The tables below offer information about Montana 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, Montana ranks 33rd among the states for total agricultural production.
Montana's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists Montana's top commodities in each of Montana's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
Montana's most valuable agricultural production is in cattle in calves, accounting for almost 1/2 of the state's total agricultural receipts. In the livestock products category, dairy products are important followed by hogs. Sheep and lambs are also raised in Montana.
Wheat is Montana's most valuable crop. Barley, hay, sugar beets and greenhouse and nursery products are also important to the state.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Montana.
The 2004 table above contains information about Montana 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 cattle and calves produced in Montana is 1,104,387. This number represents a dollar value of $1,104,387,000 (1,104,387 x 1,000): one billion, one hundred and four million, three hundred and eighty-seven thousand dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Montana. For example, cattle and calves account for 49.3% of Montana's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of these cattle and calves add up to almost 1/2 of Montana's total agricultural production.
Montana 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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