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States with the most farmland

Stacker Logo By Ken Levy of Stacker | Slide 1 of 52: With more than 328 million American mouths to feed and about $135 billion worth of agricultural exports, American farms need plenty of land to grow and produce crops.The U.S. has roughly 2 million farm households, but which American regions have the most acreage devoted to farming? Stacker analyzed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Major Land Uses Survey, then ranked each state and the District of Columbia based on the number of acres each has dedicated to farmland. For further context, each slide also provides total cropland acreage, cropland actually used for crops, idle cropland, and cropland used for pasture.The 2012 MLU data is the latest available from the series, which has been published since 1945—Alaska and Hawaii were added in 1959, when they became states. The USDA reports the Major Land Uses series is the "longest running, most comprehensive accounting of all major uses of public and private land in the United States."Read on to discover where the ingredients for your family's next meal may have been grown or raised.ALSO: Best farmers' markets in America

States with the most farmland

With more than 328 million American mouths to feed and about $135 billion worth of agricultural exports, American farms need plenty of land to grow and produce crops.

The U.S. has roughly 2 million farm households, but which American regions have the most acreage devoted to farming? Stacker analyzed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Major Land Uses Survey, then ranked each state and the District of Columbia based on the number of acres each has dedicated to farmland. For further context, each slide also provides total cropland acreage, cropland actually used for crops, idle cropland and cropland used for pasture.

The 2012 MLU data is the latest available from the series, which has been published since 1945—Alaska and Hawaii were added in 1959, when they became states. The USDA reports the Major Land Uses series is the "longest running, most comprehensive accounting of all major uses of public and private land in the United States."

Read on to discover where the ingredients for your family's next meal may have been grown or raised.

ALSO: Best farmers' markets in America

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