2016 USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Machinery Custom Rates
Pennsylvania ranks fourth nationally in trout production. The USDA Trout and Aquaculture Census reports Pennsylvania aquaculture sales of $10.48 million in 2008. Sales of food fish comprised 83.4 percent of total sales, with the remainder of the sales composed of sport and game fish, baitfish, crustaceans, mollusks, ornamental fish, water garden plants and other animal aquaculture (tadpoles, frogs, trout eggs, etc.). While trout comprises most of the food fish sales, tilapia and hybrid striped bass are also produced, albeit on a smaller scale. Pennsylvania hatcheries, including those of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, also produce additional trout valued at $14.7 million for conservation and recreational purposes. A press release from USDA notes the 2010 value of trout production in Pennsylvania at $16.9 million.
In 2009 Pennsylvania ranked 5th nationally in total milk production, coming in behind California,
Wisconsin, New York and Idaho. The Commonwealth's 545,000 cows produce 10.51 billion pounds of milk, with the state's annual production per cow at 19,360 pounds. The state ranks 15th in milk
production per cow. The dairy industry is the key economic driver in Pennsylvania's agriculture industry, the Commonwealth's leading economic enterprise. Dairy generates $1.5 billion in cash receipts each year, contributing to 40 percent of the state's agricultural receipts. The dairy industry also generates 40,000 jobs in the commonwealth. Research estimates that roughly 85% of the dairy farmer's total income is spent locally, making dairy farms a significant contributor to the local economy. For additional information, visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org.
Pennsylvania equine owners devote 1,140,000 acres of land for equine purposes with associated
assets totaling $8.27 billion; the racehorse industry accounts for $1.12 billion of that total. The equine
industry provides 20,300 jobs annually in Pennsylvania. Equine related expenditures total $746 million.
Approximately 26,365 racehorses reside in Pennsylvania, with a value of $978 million. (Source: Penn
State Equine Survey)
Pennsylvania is home to 5,858 oilseed and grain farms. Of the 7.81 million acres of land farmed in Pennsylvania, 4.87 is cropland and a total of 3.94 is harvested cropland. Grains and oilseeds account for 26.8% of all crop sales in Pennsylvania, while hay and other crops account for 8.0%. The total value of crop sales in Pennsylvania is $1.9 billion. (Source: 2007 Census of Agriculture Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania ranks third nationally in egg production and tenth nationally in turkey production. According
to the most recent USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service data, the farm value of Pennsylvania poultry and eggs was $864 million in 2007. However, since this figure does not take into account the Commonwealth's very sizable game bird, broiler breeder, and embryo industries (for vaccine production),
the value of the industry certainly exceeds $1 billion.
Pennsylvania is home to approximately 1,072 hog farms. The pork industry in Pennsylvania comprises
$331.5 million in sales and supports more than 8,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania
pork industry ranks 13th in the country, generates approximately $67.5 million in export income, and
creates more than 1,600 export jobs. Visit www.papork.org for additional information.