In terms of specific information about Vermont agriculture.
- In 2002,
agriculture was worth $556 million to the Vermont economy in total
- Of that
total, sales from milk accounted for approximately $400 million.
are around 6,700 total farms in Vermont (dairy farms are included
in this number)
are 1,415 dairy farms in Vermont
are approximately 152,000 dairy cows in the State (for details on
breeds you can visit http://www.vermontdairy.com/cowbreeds.htm
produces more than 2.6 billion pounds of milk annually which is used
for both milk and cheese
produces in excess of 100 million pounds of cheese annually
it varies greatly between farms, the size of the average farm in Vermont
is 200 acres
million acres is devoted to agricultural use in Vermont
is first in the nation in the production of maple syrup (495,000 gallons
in 2002) accounting for just over 37% of the nation's entire output
is first in New England in the production of beef, and it is our second
largest industry accounting for more than $60 million annually.
produces a variety of fruits, vegetables and berries which account
for nearly $23 million dollars annually. Much of the produce is sold
directly to stores and restaurants and through farmstands.
growers produce more than 1 million Christmas trees annually with
a value of over $9 million to the state's economy. In 1988, the Department
of Agriculture helped start the Merry Mulch program to keep Christmas
trees from ending up in landfills. The program became a model for
similar programs in other states and countries.
also has a very active greenhouse, nursery and landscape industry
with nearly 750 individual businesses. Plant production and related
services amount to more than $100 million annually.
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