COUNTY DATA ON AGRICULTURE’S ECONOMIC IMPACT NOW AVAILABLE
County statistics detailing Alabama’s $70.4 billion economic impact of agriculture, forestry and related industries are now available at www.AlabamaAgImpact.com. The study revealed Cullman, DeKalb and Mobile counties are top three in the state for economic impact and jobs in agriculture and forestry.
|The new website AlabamaAgImpact.com provides detailed county-level information about the economic impact of agriculture, forestry and related industries. |
“Farming drives the economies of many Alabama communities,” said Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “With $70 billion in economic impact, our industry creates one in every five jobs. The future is bright, but we must continue to invest in agriculture and give farmers the freedom to compete in the marketplace.”
The new website details county-level data from the 2013 Economic Impacts of Agriculture and Forestry Study, including dollar value of economic impact and job numbers related to agriculture and forestry industries. It breaks down the top three commodities for each county.
Other county information includes number of farms, acreage and population. Data can be accessed at www.AlabamaAgImpact.com, where the statewide study also is available.
“This will be a useful tool in bringing much-deserved attention to agriculture and forestry and how critical those industries are to our local economies,” said Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council. “Statewide, the impact of these industries is tremendous, but this new information really hits home with county impacts.”
Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System conducted the study. Other partners include the Alabama Farmers Federation, the Alabama Agribusiness Council, Alabama Power, the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, CropLife America and the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association.