The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

June 24, 2013

Agriculture has $70.4 billion impact on Alabama

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Agriculture, forestry and related industries have an annual economic impact in Alabama of $70.4 billion, according to new statistics prepared for counties in the state.

The study was conducted by Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. It shows that the Alabama counties where agriculture has the greatest economic impact are Mobile, Cullman and DeKalb.

The data includes the number of jobs created that are related to the agriculture and forestry industries. The report also includes the number of farmers in each county and the acreage farmed.

The executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, Leigha Cauthen, said the report shows how critical industries related to agriculture are to local economies in Alabama.

She said agriculture and related industries account for more than half of the jobs in some counties.

"This will be a useful tool, bringing much-deserved attention to agriculture and forestry and how critical those industries are to our local economies," Cauthen said.

She said the figures show that the statewide impact of agriculture on Alabama and individual counties is tremendous.

Mobile County topped the list of heavily affected counties, thanks in part to the county's many greenhouses and the prolific floriculture business, one of the best producing in the country. Floriculture accounted for more than 40 percent of Mobile County's total agricultural and forestry production.

County Extension Coordinator Jim Todd said the nursery business as well as the area's abundant commercial seafood industry gave the county its high ranking.

Aided by mostly good weather and the area's economic diversity, the county can produce agriculture products ranging from shrimp to pecans, azaleas and row crops, Todd said. He said the county's ability to ship products all over the world through its port helps agriculture production across the state.

Cullman County was ranked second in terms of the impact of agriculture, according to the study. The county was first in the state poultry and egg business.

Cullman County Extension Coordinator Tony Glover said he believes the area's prolific agriculture community helps county officials recruit all types of new industry.

"When they see the farmers coming in so strong, they say 'these people work hard,'" Glover said.

1
Text Only
Local News
Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee