Agriculture is alive and well in Massachusetts. Greenhouses, nurseries and cranberries dominate the state’s agricultural commodity output. Aquaculture accounts for a large part of Massachusetts agriculture, mostly from oyster and quahog production.
Check out the helpful infographic below showing the top 10 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts?
- Cranberries – $76.8 million: The cranberry is one of only three major fruits that are native to North America.
- Dairy Products – $40 million: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Turkeys – $23.5 million: About 675 million pounds of turkey that are consumed during Thanksgiving every year in the United States.
- Apples – $22.5 million: Apple trees take up to four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- Cattle and Calves – $13.9 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Potatoes – $10.5 million: Packed with potassium, a medium potato with skin provides 18 percent of the recommended daily value per serving.
- Sweet Corn – $10 million: Unlike field corn, sweet corn kernels are soft, sweet and perfect for eating right off the cob.
- Hay – $7.11 million: Sheep and goats refuse to eat trampled hay, but cows and horses will gobble it up.
- Chicken Eggs – $5.92 million: U.S. poultry farms provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Tobacco – $5.14 million: Tobacco is a product processed from the fresh leaves of Nicotiana plants. There are many tobacco species.