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Sales in Counties

Massachusetts Agricultural Census 2012

While the market value of agricultural products increased for the Commonwealth as a whole between 2002 and 2012, not all Massachusetts counties observed gains in the value of agricultural products sold (Figure 4.2 and Table 4.1). Nantucket County saw the greatest decline, as the value of agricultural products dropped 38.1 percent. Worcester and Hampden Counties also experienced declines in the value of agricultural products sold – Worcester County saw a drop of 16 percent, while Hampden County saw a modest drop of only 0.33 percent. The greatest increases in the value of agricultural products sold were in Plymouth County, which experienced a gain of 151 percent, and in Dukes County, which experienced a gain of 140 percent in the value of agricultural products. Hampshire County ranked third with a 40 percent increase in the market value of its agricultural products sold. The other counties that witnessed notable increases in the market value of agricultural products were: Barnstable County (38.3 percent); Bristol County (28.2 percent) Franklin County (28.3 percent); Middlesex County (16.4 percent); Norfolk County (10.5 percent); and Essex County (2.8 percent).

As represented in Tables 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3, in 2002 Worcester County accounted for most of the Commonwealth's agricultural production in terms of market value in 1997 and 2002, capturing 12.8 percent and 17.9 percent respectively.  However, in 2007, Middlesex County, with $81.7 million in market value, was the leading agricultural county with 16.7 percent of the total market value of agricultural sales, followed closely by Worcester County ($80.5 million).  Plymouth County showed an important gain in both 2007 and 2012 census years, with an increase in market value of 82.5 percent between 2002 and 2007, and an additional increase in the market value of agricultural sales of 37.8 percent between 2007 and 2012, due to an increase in cranberry prices. With these increases, Plymouth County accounted for 22% of the total agricultural production in 2012.

Table 4.1: Market Value of Agricultural Sales, Mass. Counties: 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 ($millions)
County 1997 Adjusted 2002 2007 2012
Barnstable 18.2 13.8 17.7 19.1
Berkshire 20.7 21.7 20.6 22.5
Bristol 34.1 29.4 44.2 37.7
Dukes 1.3 1.5 3.3 3.5
Essex 25.1 24.5 25.0 25.2
Franklin 40.7 42.9 56.8 55.1
Hampden 29.1 23.7 25.7 23.6
Hampshire 35.5 35.1 38.6 49.2
Middlesex 57.6 65.9 81.7 76.6
Nantucket 3.0 2.7 2.9 1.7
Norfolk 8.3 11.3 14.0 12.5
Plymouth 122.7 43.0 78.4 108.1
Worcester 57.9 68.6 80.6 57.5
Massachusetts 454.1 384.0 489.6 492.1

 

Table 4.2: Market Value of Agricultural Sales, Mass. Counties: 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 (% Change)
County 1997 to 2002 2002 to 2007 2007 to 2012 2002 to 2012
Barnstable -24.1% 27.7% 8.4% 38.3%
Berkshire 4.8% -5.2% 9.1% 3.4%
Bristol -13.9% 50.7% -14.9% 28.3%
Dukes 16.3% 129.5% 4.6% 140.1%
Essex -2.5% 2.3% 0.6% 2.8%
Franklin 5.4% 32.3% -3.1% 28.4%
Hampden -18.6% 8.7% -8.3% -0.3%
Hampshire -1.2% 10.1% 27.5% 40.3%
Middlesex 14.5% 24.0% -6.3% 16.1%
Nantucket -9.3% 7.8% -42.6% -38.1%
Norfolk 36.8% 23.6% -10.6% 10.5%
Plymouth -65.0% 82.5% 37.8% 151.4%
Worcester 18.3% 17.5% -28.6% -16.2%
Massachusetts -15.5% 27.5% 0.5% 28.2%

 

Table 4.3: Market Value of Agricultural Sales, Mass. Counties: 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 (% of total)
County 1997 2002 2007 2012
Barnstable 4.0% 3.6% 3.6% 3.9%
Berkshire 4.6% 5.7% 4.2% 4.6%
Bristol 7.5% 7.6% 9.0% 7.7%
Dukes 0.3% 0.4% 0.7% 0.7%
Essex 5.5% 6.4% 5.1% 5.1%
Franklin 9.0% 11.2% 11.6% 11.2%
Hampden 6.4% 6.2% 5.3% 4.8%
Hampshire 7.8% 9.1% 7.9% 10.0%
Middlesex 12.7% 17.2% 16.7% 15.6%
Nantucket 0.6% 0.7% 0.6% 0.3%
Norfolk 1.8% 2.9% 2.9% 2.5%
Plymouth 27.0% 11.2% 16.0% 22.0%
Worcester 12.8% 17.9% 16.5% 11.7%
Massachusetts 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%