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The tables below offer information about New Jersey 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 Jersey ranks 40th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 866,719 100.0% 40
Livestock & livestock products 186,666 21.5% 44
Crops 680,053 78.5% 36
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

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

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

New Jersey's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Horses/mules 12.6% Greenhouse/nursery 42.5%
Dairy products 3.7% Blueberries 5.3%
Chicken eggs 3.3% Peaches 2.7%
Cattle and calves 0.9% Soybeans 2.6%
    Cucumbers 1.8%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Greenhouse and nursery products account for over 2/5 of New Jersey's total agricultural production. Blueberries are an important crop in the New Jersey as well. Peaches and soybeans follow. Over 3/4 of New Jersey's total agricultural production is in crops, explaining why New Jersey is called The Garden State.

In the livestock category, horses and mules lead in New Jersey. Dairy products and chicken eggs are also important.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Greenhouse/nursery 368,546 42.5%
2. Horses/mules 109,000 12.6%
3. Blueberries 45,630 5.3%
4. Dairy products 32,308 3.7%
5. Chicken eggs 28,912 3.3%
6. Peaches 23,180 2.7%
7. Soybeans 22,185 2.6%
8. Cucumbers 15,481 1.8%
9. Cranberries 13,514 1.6%
10. Squash 12,066 1.4%
11. Corn for grain 11,640 1.3%
12. Hay 9,492 1.1%
13. Lettuce 8,160 0.9%
14. Cattle and calves 7,656 0.9%
15. Cabbage 6,475 0.7%
16. Apples 5,751 0.7%
17. Eggplant 5,376 0.6%
18. Sweet potatoes 3,934 0.5%
19. Wheat 3,658 0.4%
20. Potatoes 3,270 0.4%
21. Asparagus 2,700 0.3%
Tomatoes *    
Corn, sweet *    
Spinach *    
Beans, snap *    
* 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 Jersey 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 Jersey is 368,546. This number represents a dollar value of $368,546,000 (368,546 x 1,000): three hundred and sixty-eight million, five hundred and forty-six thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in New Jersey. For example, greenhouse and nursery account for 42.5% of New Jersey's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of these products add up to over 2/5 New Jersey's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of eggplant (100% of U.S. production).

New Jersey 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 Jersey farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
9,900 821,700 17% 83
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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