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Kentucky Agriculture

Kentucky Agriculture

Kentucky Agriculture

From a booming broiler sector and iconic products such as bourbon to dedicated education and research, Kentucky agriculture is a big deal. The Bluegrass State boasts 76,500 farms across 13 million acres of land. These farms raise the state’s top commodities, including broilers for meat, which brought $866.6 million to the economy in 2012, along with corn, horses and mules, soybeans, and cattle and calves.

A historically important crop for Kentucky, the state ranks first in the nation in burley and fire-cured tobacco production. For overall tobacco production, Kentucky ranks No. 2 in the nation. In 2012, farmers harvested 87,200 total acres of tobacco, generating $404.3 million in production value. Beef is important as well. Kentucky is home to 1.1 million beef cows and takes the title as the largest producer of beef cattle east of the Mississippi River, and the eighth-largest in the nation.

Hops Go From Farm to Pint

Hop farming gaining speed in conjunction with craft breweries.

Generation Next: Young and Beginning Farmers

New and beginning farmers help keep state's ag industry growing strong.

Kentucky Agriculture by the Numbers

Farms

77,064

Farmers Markets

135

Economic Impact

$5B

yr.
Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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Kentucky Lumber Industry Benefits From Overseas Exports

Exports to China significantly boost Kentucky's forestry and lumber industry, which brings in nearly $1.3 billion per year

Planning for Kentucky’s Future

Kentucky Agricultural Council unveils new strategic plan.

Kentucky’s Tobacco History Explored in New Documentary

A new film recognizes Kentucky's dark-fired tobacco legacy through the story of a Calloway County farm

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