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The tables below offer information about Wyoming 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, Wyoming ranks 38th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 1,104,702 100.0% 38
Livestock & livestock products 950,956 86.1% 36
Crops 153,747 13.9% 44
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Wyoming's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Wyoming's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 77.5% Hay 3.9%
Hogs 2.6% Sugar beets 2.8%
Sheep and lambs 2.5% Barley 2.0%
Dairy products 0.9% Dry beans 1.3%
Honey 0.3% Wheat 1.2%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Wyoming is cattle country with production of cattle and calves providing for over 3/4 of the state's total agricultural production. Hogs and sheep and lambs are somewhat important, followed by dairy products and honey.

Hay is the most important crop to Wyoming's economy followed by sugar beets. Barley, dry beans, and wheat round out the top five in the crops category.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Cattle and calves 855,676 77.5%
2. Hay 43,594 3.9%
3. Sugar beets 30,982 2.8%
4. Hogs 28,330 2.6%
5. Sheep and lambs 27,574 2.5%
6. Barley 21,751 2.0%
7. Dry beans 14,155 1.3%
8. Wheat 13,495 1.2%
9. Corn for grain 12,795 1.2%
10. Dairy products 9,828 0.9%
11. Greenhouse/nursery 6,545 0.6%
12. Honey 3,188 0.3%
13. Oats 634 0.1%
14. Chicken eggs 182 Less than 0.1%
Wool *    
Sunflower *    
* 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 Wyoming 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 the most important commodity produced in Wyoming, cattle and calves, is 855,676. This number represents a dollar value of $855,676,000 (855,676 x 1,000): eight hundred and fifty-five million, six hundred and seventy-six thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Wyoming. For example, cattle and calves account for 77.5% of Wyoming's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated cattle and calves add up to over 3/2 of Wyoming's total agricultural production.

Wyoming 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.

Wyoming farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
9,200 34,435,600 55% 3,743
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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