Arkansas poultry producers earned more than $3.3 billion in 2015 from 6.16 billion pounds of broiler chicken meat. Nationally, the state ranks No. 3 for broiler production, and No. 4 for cash receipts and pounds produced.

READ MORE: Arkansas poultry feeds the nation – and the rest of the world.


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Versatile soybeans are used to make biofuel, ink and much more. Arkansas farmers harvested more than 155.3 million bushels of soybeans in 2015, earning nearly $1.47 billion in cash receipts.

READ MORE: Arkansas soybeans are used in products ranging from makeup to animal feed.



Arkansas leads the nation for rice production. In 2015, state farmers harvested more than 1.28 million acres of rice, representing a production value of nearly $1.1 billion.

READ MORE: How did Arkansas become the biggest rice-producing state in the United States?

Cattle and Calves

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Arkansas is home to 1.63 million cattle and calves, including 863,000 beef cows. In 2015, the state’s cattle earned a production value totaling $635.4 million.

READ MORE: Cattle farmers help feed the hungry through Arkansas Beef Project.


Arkansas produced 471,000 bales of cotton in 2015, which is enough to make more than 101.2 million pairs of jeans. Cotton production earned the state $136.1 million and an additional $44.1 million from cottonseed.

READ MORE: How did cotton picking technology affect the Arkansas Delta’s agriculture industry?


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Corn grown in Arkansas is primarily used to feed poultry and other livestock. In 2015, corn farms yielded more than 80.5 million bushels for a production value totaling $330 million.

READ MORE: Why Arkansas farmers are planting more acres of corn.

Chicken Eggs

Trillium Farms eggs

With more than 14.1 million laying hens, Arkansas poultry farmers produced more than 293.9 million dozen eggs in 2015, reaching a value of $572.6 million.



Consumers love to gobble up Arkansas turkey – the state is third in the nation for turkey production. Turkey farmers raised 27.5 million turkeys in 2015, representing a production value of $455 million.


Alabama Hay

Arkansas farms harvested more than 1.1 million acres of hay in 2015, which produced 2.3 million tons. The crop earned $258 million in production value.

Grain Sorghum


Grain sorghum is quickly gaining a foothold as an important Arkansas crop – cash receipts nearly tripled from 2014 to 2015. Local farms yielded 43.1 million bushels in 2015, representing $187.1 million.

READ MORE: White sorghum gains ground in Arkansas as a food crop.



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