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Farm Crops
  1. Organic Farming in the United States
  2. Farm Mechanization in the United States
  3. Major Crops in the United States
  4. Major U.S. Crops: Corn
  5. Major U.S. Crops: Wheat
  6. Major U.S. Crops: Soybeans
  7. Major U.S. Crops: Cotton
  8. Planting and Harvesting Cotton
  9. Major U.S. Crops: Rice
  10. How Rice Is Grown in the United States
  11. Dairy Farming in the United States
  12. Raising Cattle for Beef
  13. Poultry and Meat Production in the United States
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Two men check milking machines attached to cows.
Dairy cattle hooked up to milking machines.
Photo Courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture. Photo by Keith Weller.
Dairy Farming in the United States
The major dairy farming states are California, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. Consolidating small dairy farms to create large dairy operations is a major trend in dairy farming. As in agricultural farming, the number of dairy farms is decreasing, but the size of dairy farms is increasing. Dairy farmers, with the help of special feeds and breeding programs, continue to get more milk per cow. In February 2003, milk production per cow averaged 1,485 pounds and was a 13-pound increase from 2002. Click on CHARTS and MAPS below for additional information about dairy farming.
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