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Alabama grows a diverse mix of crops and is one of the largest producers of Poultry and Livestock in the nation. Once known as "The Cotton State", Alabama still ranks number 8 in the nation for the export of cotton, however, today Poultry, Cattle, Grains, and Nursery crops are ahead of cotton in sales rankings. Agriculture is one of the top industries in Alabama, as more than 1 in 5 jobs in the state are Ag related. As of 2017, there were 40,592 farms spread across 8.5 million acres of farmland in Alabama with an average farm size of 211 acres.
In the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, the market value of agricultural products sold in Alabama was $5.9 billion, making up 4% of the nation's agricultural output with poultry, cattle, and calves making up more than 80% of Alabama’s agricultural production. Notably, the state ranked #3 nationally for U.S. poultry production as well as peanut production in 2018.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales were De Kalb County, Cullman County, Marshall County, Blount County, and Lawrence County. These counties represented 30% of Alabama's agricultural revenue combined.