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The tables below offer information about Nevada 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, Nevada ranks 45th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 454,344 100.0% 45
Livestock & livestock products 307,069 67.6% 43
Crops 147,275 32.4% 45
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Nevada's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Nevada's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 46.5% Hay 16.7%
Dairy products 16.5% Onions 7.7%
Sheep and lambs 0.9% Potatoes 2.6%
Hogs 0.2% Greenhouse/nursery 2.2%
Aquaculture Less than 0.1% Wheat 0.6%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The most important agricultural commodities produced in Nevada are cattle and calves. Dairy products are another important livestock product. Sheep and lambs, hogs, and aquaculture also contribute to the state's economy.

The most valuable crop grown in Nevada is Hay. Onions and potatoes are very important as well. Greenhouse and nursery products and wheat are also among the most important Nevada crops.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Cattle and calves 211,140 46.5%
2. Hay 75,722 16.7%
3. Dairy products 74,947 16.5%
4. Onions 34,816 7.7%
5. Potatoes 11,868 2.6%
6. Greenhouse/nursery 10,012 2.2%
7. Sheep and lambs 4,210 0.9%
8. Wheat 2,766 0.6%
9. Garlic 2,592 0.6%
10. Honey 2,541 0.6%
11. Hogs 1,046 0.2%
12. Barley 537 0.1%
13. Wool 479 0.1%
14. Aquaculture 25 Less than 0.1%
Chicken eggs *    
* 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 Nevada 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 cattle and calves raised in Nevada is 211,140. This number represents a dollar value of $211,140,000 (211,140 x 1,000): two hundred and eleven million, one hundred and forty thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Nevada. For example, cattle and calves account for 46.5% of Nevada's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the cattle and calves add up to over 2/5 of Nevada's total agricultural production.

Nevada 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.

Nevada farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
3,000 6,300,000 9% 2,100
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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