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Mini Ag Facts

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Where Does Alabama Rank Nationally?
  • Catfish - 2nd
  • Forest Land - 2nd
  • Broiler Production - 3rd
  • Peanuts - 3rd
  • Sod - 3rd
  • Pecans - 5th
  • Sweet Potatoes - 5th
  • Cotton Production - 8th
  • Meat Goats - 10th
  • Blueberries - 12th
  • Egg Production - 14th
  • Peaches - 14th
  • Cattle - 26th
Alabama's Top 5 Commodities
  • Poultry
  • Cattle and Calves
  • Greenhouse, Sod, and Nursery Products
  • Cotton
  • Peanuts
Alabama Agriculture
  • Alabama has more than 48,500 farms, which cover 9 million acres.
  • Alabama agricultural exports total $1 billion a year, with poultry accounting for about one-third of all exports.
  • About half of the peanuts grown in the United Stated are harvested within a 100-mile radius of Dothan, Ala.
  • Alabama is home to an emerging citrus industry, with 100 acres of commercial Satsumas producing 3.5 million pounds of fruit each year.
Agriculture and You
Products we use in our daily lives come from plants and animals produced by America's farmers and ranchers including:
  • Personal Care Products
  • Construction Materials
  • Health Care Supplies and Medications
  • Manufacturing Products
  • Entertainment Industry Products
  • School Supplies
  • Uniforms and Sporting Equipment
  • Fuels and Automobile Products
High-Tech Farming
  • Ninety-two percent of young farmers and ranchers use computers.
  • Fifty-seven percent of U.S. farms have Internet access.
  • Farmers use computers to track market information, maintain balance sheets and monitor weather satellites.
  • Forty-six percent of young farmers use the Internet for social media
  • Thirty-four percent of young farmers use global positional system (GPS) technology.
  • GPS is a key technology utilized in precision agriculture. Precision farming reduces both chemical use and costs while increasing yields. Some farm equipment has GPS auto-steer technology that guides the tractor in precisely straight rows.
Food For Thought
  • U.S. consumers spend just 10 percent of their disposable income on food each year. That compares to 50 percent in Pakistan, 43 percent in Jordan, 38 percent in the Philippines, 32 percent in China and 14 percent in Japan.
  • Today, each U.S. farmer produces enough food and fiber for 155 people, compared to 115 people in 1980.
  • Agriculture and related industries (producing, processing, selling and trading the nation's food and fiber) employ more than 21 million Americans - 15 percent of the total U.S. workforce.
  • Farmers and ranchers receive only 19 cents of every dollar spent on food, compared to 31 cents in 1980.
Farmers: the First Green Pioneers
  • Farmers, ranchers and other landowners have installed 1.54 million miles of conservation buffers under a USDA initiative. Buffers improve soil, air and water quality; enhance wildlife habitat; and create scenic landscapes.
  • As of January 2009, farmers enrolled 33.6 million acres of their land in the Conservation Reserve Program to protect the environment and provide habitat for wildlife.
  • Farmers use reduced tillage practices on more than 72 million acres to prevent erosion.
  • More than half of America's agricultural producers intentionally provide habitat for wildlife.
  • The top 5 states for aquaculture sales are: Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida.
  • There are 4,028 aquaculture farms in the U.S. Louisiana has the most (873), followed by Mississippi (403), Florida (359), Alabama (215) and Arkansas (211).
  • Alabama has around 25,000 water acres of fish farms, where commercial farmers produce 25 different aquatic species.
  • Farm-raised catfish is the dominant species, with Alabama ranking second in the U.S. in annual catfish sales.
  • In 2008, Alabama's catfish sales totaled $93.3 million.
  • The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of farmland, 145 million acres (75 percent) of which is set aside for non-commercial uses including wildlife habitat and recreational activities.
  • Two-thirds of the state, or 22 million acres of land in Alabama, is covered in forest land.
  • Alabama has the third most timber acreage in the 48 contiguous states, behind Georgia and Oregon.
  • Forestry generates approximately $13 billion for Alabama each year.
  • 71 percent of Alabama's forests are owned by private, non-industrial land owners.
  • Over 170,000 Alabamians are employed directly or indirectly by the forestry industry.

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