The U.S. leads the world in beef production. With $64 billion in farm cash receipts in 2016, cattle are the single highest valued commodity in our nation.
In 2016, wheat generated $8.9 billion in farm cash receipts. Wheat is the third-largest field crop produced in the U.S., the majority of which is used to produce bread flour.
Vegetables are part of a balanced daily diet and provide essential nutrients, such as fiber, potassium, vitamins A and C, and folic acid. In 2016, the U.S. produced vegetables with a value of $19 billion.
Dairy products are an excellent source of nutrients, vitamin D, and protein and are associated with better bone health, especially in children. Valued at $35 billion, there are over 40,000 dairy farms in the U.S.
Potatoes are the leading vegetable crop in the U.S., contributing about 15% of farm sales receipts for vegetables. Over half of potato sales go to processors for chips, french fries, and other products; the remainder goes to the fresh market.
Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrients vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. The 4th top-selling fruit in the U.S., California produces 91% of U.S. strawberries, while Florida accounts for 9%, mainly in the winter months.