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Nebraska leads nation in 5 agriculture categories

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska led the nation in five categories of agricultural production last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual rankings Tuesday.

Nebraska ranked first in the number of cattle on feed in the state and the amount of red meat production.

The USDA says Nebraska produced 82 percent of the nation's crop of Great Northern dry edible beans last year.

The 2012 Census of Agriculture also showed that Nebraska produced 45 percent of the nation's popcorn crop. That category was not listed in the rankings last year.

Nebraska's 8.3 million irrigated acres of cropland were the most of any state. The USDA says 14.9 percent of the nation's irrigated acres are in Nebraska.

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