Agriculture is extremely important for Pennsylvania, and the Keystone State ranks first nationally in mushroom production – farmers annually produce more than 570 million pounds of mushrooms. Other important ag products include beef cattle, hogs, chicken eggs and broilers, and also winter wheat, potatoes, oats, rye, barley and a variety of vegetable crops. Farmers also grow apples, cherries, peaches and grapes.
Check out the helpful infographic below showing the top 10 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania?
- Dairy Products – $1.99 billion: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Chicken Eggs – $1 billion: U.S. poultry farms provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Cattle and Calves – $741 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Mushrooms – $589 million: The most widely cultivated mushroom in the world is the button mushroom, which is sold both fresh and canned.
- Broilers – $574 million: The U.S. has the largest broiler chicken industry in the world and consumes more chicken than anyone else.
- Corn – $498 million: Field corn is different from the corn we eat. Hard and dry, it’s used to feed livestock and make ethanol.
- Hogs –$305 million: Pork is the most widely eaten meat. It represents about 42 percent of all meat eaten in the world.
- Soybeans – $217 million: Soybeans are an important ingredient in crayons. In fact, just 1 acre of soybeans can make 82,368 crayons.
- Floriculture – $194 million: Floriculture is flower farming. More than 30 percent of U.S. consumers buy fresh flowers each year.