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New Hampshire Economy

Agriculture

In terms of revenue generated New Hampshire's top five agricultural products are greenhouse and nursery products, dairy products, apples, cattle and calves, and sweet corn.

Livestock

Dairy farming and dairy products contribute about 31% of the state's total agricultural receipts.

Beef cattle and calves are important along with chicken eggs.

Aquaculture and hog production make up a smaller part of the livestock products sector.

Crops

Greenhouse and nursery products are the most important agricultural products for New Hampshire. Home and garden plants and Christmas trees are the most important items in this area.

New Hampshire's most important field crop is hay, used mainly for cattle and horse feed.

Maple syrup is an important farm product.

Sweet corn and potatoes are the leading vegetable crops while apples are the leading fruit crop

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Manufacturing

Manufacturers add value to raw products by creating manufactured items. For example, cotton cloth becomes more valuable than a boll of cotton through manufacturing processes.

New Hampshire's leading manufactured products are computer and electronic products. Telephone equipment, computer microchips, military communication systems are also manufactured.

Fabricated metals manufacturing (ball bearings, machine tools) is the second-ranking manufacturing activity followed by machinery manufacture (printing, metalworking machinery, lens-making equipment, optical instruments).

Mining

Though many important minerals are scattered throughout the state, sand and gravel for roads and concrete are New Hampshire's leading mined products.

Granite quarries provide building stones.

Services

In the services area, the finance, insurance and real estate industry leads the way due to growing urban areas, tourism and strong real estate markets. Manchester is the state's insurance and banking center. Each year, tourism brings in billions of dollars to the state.

Ranking second is the community, business and personal services sector spurred by private health care, law firms, vacation resorts and repair shops.

The wholesale (automobiles, groceries) and retail (discount stores, food stores, service stations, restaurants) trade sector ranks third.


Sources...

New Hampshire State Agriculture Overview, 2004. U.S. Department of Agriculture: National Agricultural Statistics Service. 2004. 3 January 2006 <http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Ag_Overview/AgOverview_NH.pdf>
Clark, Charles E. and Adams, Robert L. A. "New Hampshire," World Book Online Americas Edition, http://www.worldbookonline.com/wbol/wbPage/na/ar/co/388520, August 15, 2001.


Additional Information

A Look at New Hampshire Agricultureadobe document: New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom.

New Hampshire Agriculture: Major commodity group rankings for New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Agriculture 2007adobe document: New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food website.

2008 State Agriculture Overviewadobe document: United States Department of Agriculture: National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Facts About New Hampshire Manufacturing (February 2008)adobe document: National Association of Manufacturers.

New Hampshire (A Guide to American States)
New Hampshire
by Rennay Craats
New Hampshire (World Almanac Library of the States)
New Hampshire
by Joanne Mattern

New Hampshire (World Almanac Library of the States), by Joanne Mattern. 48 pages. Gareth Stevens Publishing (January 2003) Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6. In addition to an in-depth factual profile of New Hampshire in the form of a state Almanac, this book offers fascinating and lively discussions of the state's history, people, geography, government, economy, culture, and lifestyles. Includes a section on Notable People, a calendar of events, and enough primary source documents, time lines, maps, and other tools to make this unquestionably the best young adult reference material on New Hampshire available anywhere.

New Hampshire (A Guide to American States), by Rennay Craats. 32 pages. Weigl Publishers (December 2001) Reading level: Ages 9-12. Describes the history, geography, plants and animals, government, industry, people, and social life and customs of New Hampshire, one of the thirteen original colonies of the United States.

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