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  1. Farm efficiency in the United States
  2. Who Farms in the United States?
  3. Growth of Large Corporate Farming
  4. Minorities as Farm Operators
  5. Agricultural Subsidies
  6. Food for Peace Program
  7. Major Crops in the United States
  8. Major U.S. Crops: Corn
  9. Major U.S. Crops: Soybeans
  10. Major U.S. Crops: Wheat
  11. Major U.S. Crops: Cotton
  12. Planting and Harvesting Cotton
  13. Major U.S. Crops: Rice
  14. How Rice Is Grown in the United States
  15. Dairy Farming in the United States
  16. Cheese Production in the United States
  17. Poultry and Meat Production in the United States
  18. Raising Cattle for Beef
  19. Factory Farming
  20. Farm Mechanization in the United States
  21. Biotechnology and Farming in the United States
  22. Organic Farming in the United States
  23. Farm Aid
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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.
Special Terms: breeding programs

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