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Biggest agricultural exports in every state

  • Hawaii

    - 2019 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Other plant products: $213.3 million (#26 among all states)
    - #2. Other livestock products: $49.2 million (#23)
    - #3. Tree nuts: $47.8 million (#7)
    - #4. Beef and veal: $5.2 million (#42)
    - #5. Other poultry products: $1.6 million (#48)
    - #6. Fruits, fresh: $1.5 million (#20)
    - #7. Fruits, processed: $1.3 million (#20)
    - #8. Hides and skins: $0.5 million (#42)
    - #9. Dairy products: $0.1 million (#49)
    - #10. Pork: $0.1 million (#50)

    Sugar and pineapples were long the workhorses of Hawaii’s agricultural sector, but both industries are now in rapid decline. In fact, the last sugar grower in the state closed in 2016 after nearly 150 years in operation, according to the Washington Post. Tens of thousands of acres of land that once grew pineapples now sit fallow, too, as the Pacific island chain moves toward an economy that is overwhelmingly dominated by tourism.

     

  • Idaho

    - 2019 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Other plant products: $501.4 million (#10 among all states)
    - #2. Dairy products: $417.5 million (#3)
    - #3. Wheat: $348.2 million (#5)
    - #4. Vegetables, processed: $288.7 million (#5)
    - #5. Beef and veal: $212.1 million (#11)
    - #6. Vegetables, fresh: $172.1 million (#5)
    - #7. Feeds and other feed grains: $117.8 million (#17)
    - #8. Grain products, processed: $75.0 million (#17)
    - #9. Other livestock products: $59.7 million (#18)
    - #10. Hides and skins: $20.8 million (#14)

    Although the state boasts seven industries with nine-figure export numbers, Idaho is famous worldwide for its potatoes—and for good reason. One out of three potatoes grown in the United States comes from Idaho soil and thanks to local processing centers, most of the country’s French fries are not only grown from Idaho potatoes, but are also processed in the state. In 2017, the state’s 600 potato farmers smashed their own record when they produced $1.9 billion worth of spuds—a 23% increase over the year prior—despite planting 15,000 fewer acres, according to the Capital Press.

     

  • Illinois

    - 2019 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Soybeans: $2.9 billion (#1 among all states)
    - #2. Corn: $1.2 billion (#2)
    - #3. Feeds and other feed grains: $1.1 billion (#2)
    - #4. Soybean meal: $691.9 million (#1)
    - #5. Grain products, processed: $445.7 million (#2)
    - #6. Vegetable oils: $407.9 million (#1)
    - #7. Pork: $387.8 million (#5)
    - #8. Other plant products: $336.5 million (#16)
    - #9. Wheat: $128.2 million (#13)
    - #10. Beef and veal: $99.9 million (#18)

    Illinois is home to some of the most fertile land on Earth, with 89% of the state comprised of prime loess soil created by glaciers. More than half of the state’s entire agricultural output now comes from soybeans, according to the Illinois Soybean Association. There are nearly 75,000 farms in the state, and nearly 9 million of the state’s 26.6 million acres of farmland are dedicated to growing soybeans.

     

  • Indiana

    - 2019 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Soybeans: $1.5 billion (#4 among all states)
    - #2. Corn: $533.5 million (#5)
    - #3. Feeds and other feed grains: $498.6 million (#5)
    - #4. Pork: $391.2 million (#4)
    - #5. Soybean meal: $355.8 million (#4)
    - #6. Other plant products: $215.0 million (#25)
    - #7. Vegetable oils: $209.7 million (#4)
    - #8. Grain products, processed: $203.3 million (#6)
    - #9. Other poultry products: $158.7 million (#3)
    - #10. Other livestock products: $128.9 million (#5)

    More than 80% of the land in Indiana is claimed by farms and forests, according to the state Department of Agriculture. The #10 largest farming state in America, Indiana is home to 4.2 million hogs, 20.5 million turkeys and 56,649 farms, 96% of which are family owned or operated.

     

  • Iowa

    - 2019 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Pork: $2.5 billion (#1 among all states)
    - #2. Soybeans: $2.4 billion (#2)
    - #3. Corn: $1.3 billion (#1)
    - #4. Feeds and other feed grains: $1.2 billion (#1)
    - #5. Soybean meal: $573.3 million (#2)
    - #6. Grain products, processed: $495.2 million (#1)
    - #7. Beef and veal: $480.5 million (#4)
    - #8. Vegetable oils: $337.9 million (#2)
    - #9. Other poultry products: $184.8 million (#1)
    - #10. Dairy products: $149.7 million (#11)

    Long known for its endless expanses of cornfields, Iowa exports more corn than any state in America—but its biggest export is pork. In fact, one-third of America’s hogs are raised there, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Six of Iowa’s 10 biggest exports rank #1 in the country, and although it produces more eggs than any other state, Iowa is such a farming powerhouse that eggs don’t even rank among its top 10 exports.

     

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  • Kansas

    - 2019 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Beef and veal: $1.0 billion (#3 among all states)
    - #2. Wheat: $955.0 million (#2)
    - #3. Soybeans: $853.6 million (#10)
    - #4. Feeds and other feed grains: $480.8 million (#6)
    - #5. Corn: $382.5 million (#6)
    - #6. Grain products, processed: $268.8 million (#5)
    - #7. Soybean meal: $200.8 million (#10)
    - #8. Pork: $173.4 million (#11)
    - #9. Vegetable oils: $119.5 million (#10)
    - #10. Cotton: $118.1 million (#14)

    Kansas produces one-fifth of all the wheat grown in the whole of America, making it the #1 wheat producer in the country, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. It also ranks first in terms of its flour milling capacity. The state’s dairy industry is emerging as one of the biggest in America, but that’s not reflected in its exports—75% of the dairy produced in Kansas remains in the state.

     

  • Kentucky

    - 2019 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Other livestock products: $519.2 million (#1 among all states)
    - #2. Soybeans: $425.8 million (#13)
    - #3. Tobacco: $203.6 million (#2)
    - #4. Feeds and other feed grains: $144.3 million (#15)
    - #5. Corn: $122.0 million (#14)
    - #6. Other plant products: $107.2 million (#37)
    - #7. Broiler meat: $106.1 million (#8)
    - #8. Soybean meal: $100.2 million (#13)
    - #9. Wheat: $85.9 million (#16)
    - #10. Beef and veal: $84.6 million (#21)

    About half of Kentucky’s 25.4 million acres are dedicated to agriculture, and its farms are much more likely to be small farms than in the country as a whole. The average farm there is 171 acres compared to the national average of 444 acres, according to Kentucky Food and Farm. Kentucky ranks #1 in “other livestock products,” which might have to do with the fact that its equine industry—horses, ponies, mules, and donkeys—contributes $4 billion to the state economy, with $1 billion in horse sales taking place in 2017 alone.

     

  • Louisiana

    - 2019 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Other plant products: $446.2 million (#11 among all states)
    - #2. Rice: $224.3 million (#3)
    - #3. Soybeans: $210.2 million (#18)
    - #4. Cotton: $153.7 million (#12)
    - #5. Other livestock products: $141.3 million (#4)
    - #6. Broiler meat: $52.2 million (#17)
    - #7. Corn: $49.6 million (#22)
    - #8. Soybean meal: $49.5 million (#18)
    - #9. Feeds and other feed grains: $49.1 million (#28)
    - #10. Grain products, processed: $38.1 million (#25)

    The 27,400 farms operating in Louisiana consume 8 million acres across the state, according to the USDA. The state is home to 800,000 heads of cattle and Louisiana produces a combined 152 million pounds of milk a year.

     

  • Maine

    - 2019 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Other plant products: $112.1 million (#36 among all states)
    - #2. Other livestock products: $43.9 million (#27)
    - #3. Vegetables, processed: $38.5 million (#18)
    - #4. Vegetables, fresh: $22.9 million (#18)
    - #5. Dairy products: $18.0 million (#32)
    - #6. Other poultry products: $10.0 million (#33)
    - #7. Fruits, fresh: $5.8 million (#19)
    - #8. Fruits, processed: $5.0 million (#19)
    - #9. Feeds and other feed grains: $2.2 million (#44)
    - #10. Beef and veal: $2.1 million (#43)

    Maine is suffering a farming crisis, according to the Bangor Daily News. Although the state is working to bring young farmers back to the land, Maine lost 573 farms between 2012–17, as well as 10% of its farmland during the same time period. Also during that five-year stretch, farm income declined by an average of nearly 16% per farm.

     

  • Maryland

    - 2019 top agricultural exports:
    - #1. Other plant products: $210.2 million (#27 among all states)
    - #2. Broiler meat: $101.5 million (#10)
    - #3. Soybeans: $99.8 million (#21)
    - #4. Other livestock products: $49.8 million (#22)
    - #5. Wheat: $41.7 million (#21)
    - #6. Feeds and other feed grains: $39.5 million (#33)
    - #7. Corn: $38.3 million (#23)
    - #8. Soybean meal: $23.5 million (#21)
    - #9. Dairy products: $22.4 million (#29)
    - #10. Grain products, processed: $19.1 million (#30)

    Although it’s only the state’s #4 export, Maryland’s biggest agricultural product in terms of production is corn, which accounted for more than $216.37 million in 2018, according to the USDA. Coming in a close second at $206.71 million was the state’s soybean crop.

     

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