Explore undefined agriculture and learn what makes it unique.
As one of the top 5 industries in Louisiana, Agriculture is a vital part of the state’s economy, generating more than $3.2 billion in revenue as of the latest USDA Ag Census. Louisiana farmland has benefitted from its position on the border of the Mississippi River, which has left nutrient-rich alluvial deposits over time, ideal for growing crops. There are 27,386 farms spread across a total of nearly 8 million acres of farmland in Louisiana, over 28% of all land area in the state. In terms of sales, Soybeans, Rice, Cotton, Plant Products, and Livestock products were the top commodities grown and sold in the state.
The latest USDA Ag Census revealed that farmers in Louisiana grew and sold $3.2 billion dollars worth of agricultural products, 65% of which was the sale of crops, including nursery and greenhouse crops, and 35% from the sale of Livestock, Poultry, and their products. In 2018, Louisiana was the number 3 exporter of Rice and the number 4 exporter of Livestock products in the United States.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales in Louisiana were Rapides Parish, Sabine Parish, Lincoln Parish, Morehouse Parish, and Union County. When combined, these counties make up 21% of the state's agricultural revenue.