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The tables below offer information about New Hampshire 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, New Hampshire ranks 48th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 168,871 100.0% 48
Livestock & livestock products 73,649 43.6% 48
Crops 95,222 56.4% 46
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

New Hampshire's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

New Hampshire's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Dairy products 31.3% Greenhouse/nursery 36.0%
Cattle and calves 4.1% Apples 4.5%
Chicken eggs 2.0% Corn, sweet 3.1%
Aquaculture 0.7% Hay 2.8%
Hogs 0.3% Maple products 1.7%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

By far, greenhouse and nursery products are New Hampshire's most important crop commodities. These products add up to over 1/3 of the state's total agricultural production. Apples, sweet corn, hay, and maple products round out New Hampshire's top five crops.

In the livestock and livestock products category, dairy products lead the way and provide almost 1/3 of the state's total agricultural production. Cattle and calves and chicken eggs are other livestock products of the state. New Hampshire's aquaculture revolves, for the most part, around farm-raised trout.

Together, Greenhouse and nursery products and dairy products make up 2/3 of New Hampshire's total agricultural production.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Greenhouse/nursery 60,819 36.0%
2. Dairy products 52,923 31.3%
3. Apples 7,618 4.5%
4. Cattle and calves 7,001 4.1%
5. Corn, sweet 5,292 3.1%
6. Hay 4,789 2.8%
7. Chicken eggs 3,350 2.0%
8. Maple products 2,938 1.7%
9. Aquaculture 1,220 0.7%
10. Hogs 511 0.3%
11. Turkeys 177 0.1%
12. Farm chickens 16 Less than 0.1%
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 New Hampshire 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 grown in New Hampshire is 60,819. This number represents a dollar value of $60,819,000 (60,819 x 1,000): sixty million, eight hundred and nineteen thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in New Hampshire. For example, greenhouse and nursery products account for 36.0% of New Hampshire's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of these products add up to over 1/3 of New Hampshire's total agricultural production.

New Hampshire 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.

New Hampshire farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
3,400 448,800 8% 132
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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