Rhode Island

State Quick Facts

Population
1,059,361

Total State GDP
 $63,541,100,000

State Land Area (Acres)
661,760

Land in Forest
55%

Land in Farms
9%

Number of Farms
1,100

Average Farm Size (acres)
55

Farm Real Estate Value (per acre) 
$15,600

Agricultural Cash Receipts 
 $72,973,000

Cash Receipts from Crops 
 $43,593,000

Cash Receipts from Animals 
 $29,380,000

Top Ag. Commodities

Miscellaneous Crops
 $43,055,000

All Other Animals and Products
 $16,466,000

Chicken Eggs
 $7,217,000

Dairy Products, Milk
 $1,995,000

Turkeys
 $1,835,000

Top Ag. Exports

Other Plant Products
 $24,512,391

Other Livestock Products
 $7,478,885

Other Poultry Products
 $1,844,003

Dairy Products
 $311,217

Beef and Veal
 $112,369

Rhode Island Economic Contribution and Impact Research

In 2018, Rhode Island generated around $0.1 billion in agricultural cash receipts with the highest valued commodities being miscellaneous crops, all other animals and products, and chicken eggs. That same year, the value of Rhode Island’s agricultural production and processing industries represented 1.3 percent of total state GDP. Some of the dollars generated by these industries end up being re-spent within the local economy, bringing additional value to the state through “multiplier effects.” Economic impact and contribution studies measure these effects, which can be broken down into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects.

Websites, reports, fact sheets, and articles related to the economic impacts and contributions of Rhode Island’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found below. 

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Information related to Rhode Island’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found by visiting the following website(s):

*As of 2018, no standard methodology exists for producing economic impact or economic contribution reports.  Please exercise caution when viewing and comparing reports as each may vary significantly in terms of source data and analysis and reporting methodology.