Agriculture and natural resources play an important role in Maine’s economy. Livestock products, such as brown eggs and milk, draw the most agricultural revenue. The state leads the nation in wild blueberry production and ranks second for maple syrup, but potatoes lead the way as the largest crop growing in the state’s rich soil.
Check out the helpful infographic below showing the top 10 Maine ag products, based on 2015 cash receipts, plus a fun fact about each. Feel free to share on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, or contact us to reprint.
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What’s Growing in Maine?
- Potatoes – $129 million: Packed with potassium, a medium potato with skin provides 18 percent of the recommended daily value per serving.
- Dairy Products – $118 million: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Chicken Eggs – $68.5 million: U.S. poultry farms, provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Blueberries – $47.2 million: Antioxidants found in blueberries can help reduce inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and memory loss.
- Turkeys – $38.6 million: About 675 million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving every year in the United States.
- Cattle and Calves – $33.2 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Apples – $17.7 million: Apple trees take up to four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- Maple Products – $15.5 million: It takes roughly 40 gallons of tree sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup, which weighs 11 pounds.
- Hay – $11 million: Sheep and goats refuse to eat trampled hay, but cows and horses will gobble it up.
- Sweet Corn – $3.83 million: Unlike field corn, sweet corn kernels are soft, sweet and perfect for eating right off the cob.