Explore Pennsylvania agriculture and learn what makes it unique.
Agriculture is the number one economic enterprise in Pennsylvania and the state ranks 19th in the United States in terms of agricultural sales. The top commodities produced and sold in Pennsylvania include: Milk, Chicken Eggs, Chicken Broilers, and Cattle. With the majority of their land covered in forests and as the home for several major food processing companies, forest products and food products generate the most revenue from exports in the state. As of 2017, there were a total of 53,157 farms in Pennsylvania across more than 7.2 million acres of farmland with an average size of 137 acres.
In the latest USDA Census of Ag, we saw that Pennsylvania farmers grew and sold $7.7 billion worth of agricultural products, of which 64% can be attributed to the sale of Livestock, Poultry, and their products and 36% to crop sales. In 2018, Pennsylvania was the number 5 exporter of other plant products (mainly forest products), the number 6 exporter of dairy products, and the number 7 exporter of Chicken Eggs in the United States.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales in Pennsylvania were Lancaster County, Chester County, Berks County, Franklin County, and Lebanon County. These five counties combined account for 46% of agricultural revenue in the state.