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Nebraska has been a long time production leader in the United States, and today ranks 4th in the country for value of commodities sold as well as 6th in the country for total agricultural exports. Corn remains one of Nebraska’s most important commodities accounting for 26% of sales receipts. However, today the top commodity is Cattle which makes up 50% of the state’s agricultural sales. Of Nebraska’s total land area of 49 million acres, nearly 45 million acres is made up of farmland, more than any other state in the US. As of 2017, there were a total of 46,332 farms with an average size of 971 acres.
Data from the USDA’s latest Census of Agriculture revealed that farmers in Nebraska grew and sold $22 billion in agricultural products. Crops accounted for $9.3 billion in sales, while Livestock, Poultry, and their products accounted for $12.7 billion. In 2018, Nebraska was the number 1 exporter of Beef and Veal, number 3 exporter of Corn, Feeds, and Grain products, as well as the number 5 exporter of Soybeans in the United States.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales were Cuming County, Custer County, Lincoln County, Dawson County, and Platt County. These top 5 counties account for 19% of total agricultural sales in Nebraska.