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The tables below offer information about Rhode Island 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, Rhode Island ranks 49th among the states for total agricultural production.
Rhode Island's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists Rhode Island's top commodities in each of Rhode Island's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
Rhode Island's most important agricultural asset, by a wide margin, is its greenhouse and nursery industry. It provides almost 2/3 of the state's total agricultural receipts. Sweet corn, potatoes, and apples are also important crops for The Ocean State.
In the livestock product category, dairy products lead in Rhode Island. Other livestock products are cattle and calves, aquaculture (primarily oysters and hard clams), hogs, and farm chickens.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Rhode Island.
The 2004 table above contains information about Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island greenhouse and nursery products is 41,155. This number represents a dollar value of $41,155,000 (41,155 x 1,000): forty-one million, one hundred and fifty-five thousand dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Rhode Island. For example, greenhouse/nursery accounts for 64.5% of Rhode Island's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the greenhouse and nursery products add up to almost 2/3 of Rhode Island's total agricultural production.
Rhode Island 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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