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In 2008 there were 1,220 farms in the state, 39 percent of which earned more than $10,000 annually. Many of the rest were sidelines for operators who also held jobs off the farm. Farmland occupied 28,328 hectares (70,000 acres), or one-tenth of the state’s land area. Cropland accounted for 36 percent of the land on farms, with most of the rest devoted to pasture or wood lots.

Crop sales generated 85 percent of Rhode Island’s total farm income in 2006. More than three-fifths of all farm income came from sales of greenhouse and nursery products. Of the few crops raised in the state, hay, sweet corn, and potatoes are the most valuable. Fruits, particularly apples, are also grown. The principal livestock products are milk and eggs. Rhode Island’s small amount of agricultural land ranks the state near the bottom in comparison to other states in the value of its farm output. Only Alaska produces less.

Fishing has been a significant activity in Rhode Island since the colonial period. In recent years, lobster has been the most important commercial landing, representing one-quarter of the value of the state’s total catch. Other important catches are squid, representing one-fifth of the total catch value, and quahogs, which are a type of clam. Finfishes of commercial importance include mackerel, goosefish, flounder, silver hake, butterfish, herring, scups, and skates. Freshwater fishes caught for recreation include black bass, yellow perch, white perch, and brook, rainbow, and brown trout. "Rhode Island" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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