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Agribusiness

The Gross Domestic Product for agriculture, fishing and hunting in the United States totaled $125.4B in 2006. Farms contributed more than 75% at $95.7B,  whereas forestry, fishing and related activities accounted for $26.7B.

2.1 million farms were operated in the US with an average size of 446 acres in 2006. Most of these farms are family owned. Almost 1.5m people were employed in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector. Farms employed 779,000 persons, and  forestry, fishing and related activities offered 693,000 full-time and part-time jobs.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the top ten commodities for cash receipts in 2006 were cattle & calves, dairy products, corn, broilers, soybeans, greenhouse/nursery, hogs, wheat, cotton and hay.

Crop production*

Corn: 10.50 B bushels  
Soybeans: 3.19 B bushels  
All wheat: 1.81 billion bushels  
Fresh market vegetables and melons: 466 m hundredweight  
Noncitrus Fruits: 16.9 mm tons  
Tree nuts: 1.59 m tons  

 

Livestock inventories*

Cattle: 97.0 m head  
Hogs and pigs: 62.5 m head  
Sheep and lambs: 6.19 m head  
Broilers: 8.88 B head  
Turkeys: 261.9 m head  

 

Number of livestock operations*

Cattle and calve operations: 971,400  
Beef cow operations: 762,880  
Milk cow operations: 75,140  
Hog and pig operations: 65,540  
Breeding sheep operations: 69,090  
Catfish operations: 1,035  
Trout operations: 604  

 

*US statistics for 2006; m = million, B = billion.

Sources: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, 2006 and 2007 Statistical Highlights; Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce

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