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North Dakota benefits from an abundance of extremely rich, fertile soil as well as climate and weather patterns that make the land capable of producing high crop yields without irrigation and raising healthy Livestock in abundance. For these reasons and more, agriculture is a massive industry in North Dakota and nearly 90% of the state’s total land area is classified as farmland. In terms of agricultural revenue, the top 5 commodities in North Dakota are: Soybeans, Wheat, Corn, Cattle, and Canola. As of 2017, there are 26,364 farms in North Dakota encompassing a total of 39.3 million acres with an average size of 1,492 acres. North Dakota is host to some of the largest farms in the nation on average and commonly ranks in the top 10 states for this metric.
According to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, North Dakota had agricultural revenues totaling $8.2 billion worth of agricultural products, of which, 81% can be attributed to crop sales. In 2018, North Dakota was the number 1 exporter of Wheat and accounted for more than 84% of all Canola sold in the United States.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales in North Dakota were Cass County, Richland County, Stutsman County, Walsh County, and Grand Forks County. Combined, these counties make up 22% of the state’s total agricultural revenue.