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The tables below offer information about Kentucky 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, Kentucky ranks 23rd among the states for total agricultural production with 2/3 of its total coming from livestock products.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 4,126,185 100.0% 23
Livestock and products 2,738,502 66.4% 16
Crops 1,387,683 33.6% 24
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Kentucky's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Kentucky's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Horses/mules 23.0% Tobacco 10.0%
Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 16.7% Soybeans 9.0%
Cattle and calves 15.0% Corn for grain 8.3%
Dairy products 5.7% Greenhouse/nursery 1.9%
Hogs 2.5% Hay 1.7%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Kentucky's most important livestock products are horses and mules followed by broilers, cattle and calves, dairy products, and hogs. The state's top crops are tobacco and soybeans. Other valuable crops are grain corn, greenhouse and nursery products, and hay.

Over 4/5 (80.1%) of the horses and mules produced in the United States are produced in Kentucky.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Horses/mules 950,000 23.0%
2. Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 690,932 16.7%
3. Cattle and calves 620,650 15.0%
4. Tobacco 421,694 10.2%
5. Soybeans 372,216 9.0%
6. Corn for grain 340,466 8.3%
7. Dairy products 236,640 5.7%
8. Hogs 104,513 2.5%
9. Chicken eggs 88,067 2.1%
10. Greenhouse/nursery 77,603 1.9%
11. Hay 71,436 1.7%
12. Wheat 69,715 1.7%
13. Sorghum grain 3,553 0.1%
14. Aquaculture 2,551 0.1%
15. Apples 2,480 0.1%
16. Farm chickens 1,725 Less than 0.1%
17. Sheep and lambs 1,609 Less than 0.1%
18. Barley 1,490 Less than 0.1%
19. Peaches 968 Less than 0.1%
20. Wool 42 Less than 0.1%
Honey *    
Mushrooms *    
* 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 Kentucky 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 horses/mules is 950,000. This number represents a dollar value of $950,000,000 (950,000 x 1,000): nine hundred and fifty million dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Kentucky. For example, horses/mules account for 23.0% of Kentucky's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of horses and mules add up to over 1/5 of Kentucky's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of horses/mules (82% of U.S. production).

Kentucky 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.

Kentucky farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
85,000 13,770,000 54% 162
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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