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The tables below offer information about Utah 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, Utah ranks 37th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 1,253,154 100.0% 37
Livestock & livestock products 983,126 78.5% 35
Crops 270,028 21.5% 41
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Utah's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Utah's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 34.4% Hay 9.2%
Dairy products 20.0% Greenhouse/nursery 5.9%
Hogs 12.4% Wheat 1.6%
Chicken eggs 2.9% Onions 0.7%
Sheep and lambs 1.5% Apples 0.6%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Cattle and calves are Utah's number one agricultural commodity, accounting for over 1/3 of the state's total agricultural production. Dairy products and hogs are also important livestock products.

The most important crop grown in Utah is hay. Greenhouse and nursery crops are important. Wheat, onions and apples are of lesser value but round out the top five crop products of the state.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Cattle and calves 431,201 34.4%
2. Dairy products 250,415 20.0%
3. Hogs 155,103 12.4%
4. Hay 114,710 9.2%
5. Greenhouse/nursery 73,726 5.9%
6. Chicken eggs 36,012 2.9%
7. Wheat 19,799 1.6%
8. Sheep and lambs 18,782 1.5%
9. Onions 8,179 0.7%
10. Apples 7,640 0.6%
11. Barley 7,331 0.6%
12. Cherries 6,389 0.5%
13. Corn for grain 4,108 0.3%
14. Peaches 2,853 0.2%
15. Potatoes 1,898 0.2%
16. Wool 1,868 0.1%
17. Honey 1,674 0.1%
18. Aquaculture 760 0.1%
19. Oats 528 Less than 0.1%
20. Dry beans 283 Less than 0.1%
21. Apricots 177 Less than 0.1%
22. Pears 118 Less than 0.1%
Turkeys *    
Mushrooms *    
Safflower *    
* 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 Utah 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 Utah cattle and calves is 431,201. This number represents a dollar value of $431,201,000 (431,201 x 1,000): four hundred and thirty-one million, two hundred and one thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Utah. For example, cattle and calves account for 34.4% of Utah's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by cattle and calves add up to over 1/3 of Utah's total agricultural production.

Utah 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.

Utah farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
15,300 11,597,400 22% 758
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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