California farms 20% of America’s organic land
California has 2,700 organic farms, about one-fifth of the country’s total organic land. Only two other states—Wisconsin and New York—have more than 1,000 organic farms.
Cotton across the South
The US accounts for 75% of global cranberry production
Nearly three-quarters of all cranberries are grown in the U.S., mostly in Wisconsin, as well as in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington. It takes about 4,400 cranberries to make a gallon of juice.
The US economy has left behind farm and ranch families
Farm and ranch families make up less than 2% of the U.S. population—down from 70% in 1840. That dramatic shift in America’s workforce shows a complete metamorphosis in the country’s economy, once largely dependent on agriculture.
The US is the world’s third-biggest food supplier
About 40% of the land in the United States is used for agriculture, including cropland and pastureland. U.S. farmers produce 10% of the world’s wheat and 20% percent of the world’s beef, pork, and lamb.
US peanut farmers produce 3 million tons of peanuts each year
Peanut farmers in the U.S. produce their crops on about 1.5 million acres of land. About half the country’s peanuts come from Georgia. Runner peanuts are used mostly in peanut butter, while Virginia and Spanish peanuts are often used for snacks and Valencia peanuts are used largely for roasting and boiling.
Over 92% of land in Nebraska is farmland
Cattle represent US farming’s biggest sector
Pennsylvania grows the most mushrooms
Roughly two-thirds of mushrooms grown in the U.S. come from Pennsylvania, with California and Florida coming in second and third for production. There are 300 edible species of mushrooms, 30 of which have been domesticated and 10 of which are produced commercially.
Idaho grows a third of all US potatoes
There’s a reason the potato is the state vegetable of Idaho. The state grows a full third of potatoes in the U.S., bringing in an estimated $27 billion a year. The state has almost 26,000 farms producing over 180 goods.2018 All rights reserved.