Founded: December 14, 1819 (22nd)
State Bird: Yellowhammer
State Tree: Southern Pine
State Flower: Camellia
Number of Counties: 67
Number of Farms: 48,500
Total Farmland: 9 million acres
Alabama & Agriculture
Have you ever wondered how the beautiful state of Alabama ranks agriculturally? Well I have! Above you can find a state profile that lists a few general things about Alabama. Alabama is home to about 4,802,740 people and is ranked the 23rd most populous state. There are over 48,000 farms in Alabama that cover about 9 million acres of land. This averages out to about 186 acres per farm. The farmers in Alabama grow and raise a variety of crops and livestock.
Alabama is a leading state in the poultry industry ranking as the 3rd largest producer of broilers (meat chickens) and the 13th largest producer of eggs in the nation. Twelve major companies operate the broiler farms in the state of Alabama. These companies provide jobs for about 55,000 people, including 4,000 farmers. The poultry industry is a huge industry for the state of Alabama.
Alabama ranks in the top 25 nationally in cattle inventory and 14th in beef cattle inventory. The cattle industry is one of the state’s largest agricultural products in terms of cash income. Alabama averages about 1.5 million head of cattle. Cullman County ranks 1st in Alabama in cattle production.
Alabama is one of the top four states in aquaculture production. Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, produce 95% of the catfish grown in the United States. That is a lot of catfish! You can learn more about catfish from the Auburn Fisheries Department.
Alabama is ranked 11th in the United States in cotton production. Limestone County is the leading county in Alabama for cotton production. The state averages about 28 pounds per acre.
As you can see Alabama is one of the leading states when it comes to agriculture. We have a lot to be proud of in our state agriculturally. I hope you enjoyed this article. Thanks for visiting my blog! Share with a friend!