Special Report

The Most Iconic Product in Each State

11. Hawaii
> Most iconic product:
Pineapples

Though Pineapples were introduced to Hawaiian shores in the early 1500s, they were not commercially farmed in the Aloha State until the 1800s. Pineapple production in Hawaii has been higher in the past. While the state is not a major producer of pineapples on a global scale, 400 million pineapples come from Hawaii, and the fruit is the number one agricultural commodity in Hawaii. Not only are pineapples an iconic agricultural product, they are also a major tourist attraction. After the Pearl Harbor bombing site, the Dole pineapple plantation is the most visited tourist attraction in the state.

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12. Idaho
> Most iconic product:
Potatoes

The state of Idaho established the Idaho Potato Commission in 1937 to protect and promote its Grown in Idaho brand. The Commission claims Idaho potatoes are distinctive because they are grown year-round in volcanic soil unlike potatoes grown in most other states. The state’s major potato fields are found in the southern part of the state. Idaho farmers plant over 300,000 acres of potatoes each year. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, around 60% of Idaho-grown potatoes are processed into fried products such as french fries.

13. Illinois
> Most iconic product:
Farm equipment

Illinois is one of the nation’s manufacturing hubs, with the industry accounting for more than 12% of the state’s economic output. While the nation’s manufacturing sector has sustained a long-term decline, Illinois’ machinery operations, particularly farm equipment production, are still relatively vibrant. The state is home to bulldozer and heavy-duty vehicle makers Caterpillar and John Deere. Also, dump trucks and tractors are among the state’s top exports.

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14. Indiana
> Most iconic product:
Limestone

Due to its uniform texture and grade, limestone from Indiana is among the highest quality in the world. Unlike other kinds of limestone, Indiana limestone can be cut in any specific direction. Therefore, it can be worked to meet the requirements of almost any architectural plan. Some of the most iconic buildings in the country, including the Pentagon and the Empire State Building, were built from limestone extracted from Indiana quarries.

15. Iowa
> Most iconic product:
Corn

Iowa produced roughly 2.4 billion bushels of corn on 13.2 million acres of farmland last year. Iowa produces more corn in an average year than most countries in the world, according to the USDA, and it has led the nation in corn production for at least 20 years. It is no accident that corn is Iowa’s most iconic product. The crop has dominated the state’s economy for over a century. Iowa’s climate and the state’s other industry activities are amenable to corn farming. Iowa has a long growing season, and the high livestock production generates fertilizer needed to grow corn properly.