Agriculture is South Dakota's leading industry. It has a $17 billion
impact on the state's economy. Approximately 16.5 million acres, or 37
percent, of the land resource in South Dakota is classified as cropland.
In 1998, the total cash receipts from farm marketing in South Dakota were $3.5
billion. From this total, $2 billion was received directly from crop
sales, with an additional undetermined amount sold ultimately through livestock
sales. As an agricultural resource, cropland has a significant impact on
the economic as well as the environmental well-being of the State of South
Dakota and the Northern Great Plains Region.