New England farm receipts up; Vermont, Maine lead

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows that New England farm cash receipts for 2013 rose 4 percent over the previous year, led by top producers in Vermont and Maine.

Vermont ranked highest in cash receipts at $836 million — 10 percent higher than in 2012. Maine earned second place with receipts of $740 million — a 2 percent increase.

Connecticut ranked third at $575 million, followed by Massachusetts with $447 million in cash receipts, which marked a 6 percent drop from the previous year.

New Hampshire’s receipts increased $6.5 million to $189.5 million, ahead of sixth-place Rhode Island, which had about $59 million in sales.

Milk is the top money maker in Vermont. In Maine it’s potatoes.

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