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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



Farmers Markets


Economic Impact


Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

Recent Articles

Hunger in Kentucky

Kentucky farmers, food banks work together to reduce hunger.

Kentucky Products Have International Appeal

Global demand for Kentucky agricultural products continues to rise.

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Say Cheese: Artisan Cheese Makers Are Proud to be Kentucky Proud

Artisan cheese makers are proud to display logos of the state's Kentucky Proud products program to show their products are made locally

The Business of Farming in Kentucky

Diversification is key to Ray Allan Mackey’s business model.

Kentucky Equestrian Enterprise

Prominent horse competitions attract visitors from around the world.

State-Funded Initiatives Partner with Department of Ag to Help Kentucky Farmers

State-funded resources and offices like the Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy work with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to support state farmers and the agriculture community

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