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The tables below offer information about Vermont 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, Vermont ranks 41st among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 581,773 100.0% 41
Livestock & livestock products 496,846 85.4% 40
Crops 84,927 14.6% 47
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Vermont's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Vermont's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Dairy products 74.6% Greenhouse/nursery 4.6%
Cattle and calves 8.3% Hay 2.7%
Chicken eggs 0.6% Maple products 2.3%
Turkeys 0.3% Apples 1.7%
Hogs < 0.1% Corn, sweet 0.4%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Almost 3/4 of Vermont's agricultural production is dairy. In the livestock category, the second ranking commodity is cattle and calves. Chicken eggs are a distant third.

Greenhouse and nursery products are Vermont's number one "crop" commodity, followed by hay and maple products.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Dairy products 433,823 74.6%
2. Cattle and calves 48,238 8.3%
3. Greenhouse/nursery 26,895 4.6%
4. Hay 15,746 2.7%
5. Maple products 13,650 2.3%
6. Apples 9,823 1.7%
7. Chicken eggs 3,419 0.6%
8. Corn, sweet 2,145 0.4%
9. Turkeys 1,841 0.3%
10. Honey 592 0.1%
11. Hogs 287 Less than 0.1%
12. Aquaculture 115 Less than 0.1%
13. Farm chickens 8 Less than 0.1%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about Vermont 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 Vermont dairy products is 433,823. This number represents a dollar value of $433,823,000 (433,823 x 1,000): four hundred and thirty-three million, eight hundred and twenty-three thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Vermont. For example, dairy products account for 74.6% of Vermont's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated in the state by by dairy products make up almost 3/4 of Vermont's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of maple products (36% of U.S. production).

Vermont 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.

Vermont farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
6,400 1,248,000 21% 195
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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