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The tables below offer information about Tennessee 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, Tennessee ranks 32nd among the states for total agricultural production.
Tennessee's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists Tennessee's top commodities in each of Tennessee's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
Cattle and calves are Tennessee's most important agricultural products, followed closely by broilers. Dairy products are also important to the state and, to a lesser degree, hogs and chicken eggs as well.
Tennessee's big crop is soybeans. Greenhouse and nursery production is also very important to the state. Cotton is ranked third, followed by grain corn and tobacco.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Tennessee.
The 2004 table above contains information about Tennessee 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 Tennessee cattle and calves is 514,388. This number represents a dollar value of $514,388,000 (514,388 x 1,000): five hundred and fourteen million, three hundred and eighty-eight thousand dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Tennessee. For example, cattle and calves make up 20.1% of Tennessee's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by cattle and calves add up to a little over 1/5 of Tennessee's total agricultural production.
Tennessee 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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