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The tables below offer information about Pennsylvania 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, Pennsylvania ranks 20th among the states for total agricultural production.
Pennsylvania's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists Pennsylvania's top commodities in each of Pennsylvania's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
Dairy products are the most important product for Pennsylvania, generating well over 1/3 of the state's total agricultural dollars. Cattle and calves, chicken eggs, broilers, and hogs are also important livestock products for the state.
Greenhouse and nursery are the most important "crop" products for the state, followed closely by edible mushrooms (Genus Agaricus). Corn for grain, hay, and soybeans are also important Pennsylvania crops.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Pennsylvania.
The 2004 table above contains information about Pennsylvania 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 is 1,768,976. This number represents a dollar value of $1,768,976,000 (1,768,976 x 1,000): one billion, seven hundred and sixty-eight million, nine hundred and seventy-six thousand dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Pennsylvania. For example, Pennsylvania dairy products account for 36.4% of Pennsylvania's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by dairy products add up to well over 1/3 of Pennsylvania's total agricultural production.
National ranking highlights - 2004
Pennsylvania 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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