Agriculture is one of Rhode Island’s top industries, and top ag products include dairy, sweet corn, and apples. Farmers grow potatoes, too, mostly in the southeastern part of the state. Milk is the second most important income source for farmers.
Check out the helpful infographic below showing the top 10 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island?
- Chicken Eggs – $11.5 million: U.S. poultry farms provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Turkeys – $6.86 million: About 675 million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving every year in the United States.
- Dairy Products – $2.97 million: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Apples – $1.83 million: Apple trees take up to four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- Cattle and Calves – $1.78 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Potatoes – $1.49 million: Packed with potassium, a medium potato with skin provides 18 percent of the recommended daily value per serving.
- Sweet Corn – $1.18 million: Unlike field corn, sweet corn kernels are soft, sweet and perfect for eating right off the cob.
- Hay – $573,000: Sheep and goats refuse to eat trampled hay, but cows and horses will gobble it up.
- Hogs – $327,000: Pork is the most widely eaten meat. It represents about 42 percent of all meat eaten in the world.
- Honey – $202,000: Honeybees tap 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey. The average American consumes about 1.3 pounds of honey in a year.