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Agriculture: 2004

The tables below offer information about Alabama agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004

As you can see from the table below, Alabama ranks 24th among the states for total agricultural production. Over 80% of Alabama's production is in livestock and livestock products.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 4,103,235 100.0% 24
Livestock products 3,368,538 82.1% 13
Crops 734,697 17.9% 34
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Alabama's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

This table lists Alabama's top commodities in each of Alabama's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.

Alabama's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Broilers(9-12 week old chickens) 58.7% Greenhouse/nursery 6.4%
Cattle and calves 11.4% Cotton 4.7%
Chicken eggs 7.0% Peanuts 2.6%
Aquaculture 2.5% Corn for grain 1.1%
Dairy products 1.1% Soybeans 1.0%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Alabama's agricultural production is found, for the most part, in the livestock and livestock products category. The state's number one agricultural commodity is broilers. They account for over 1/2 of the state's total agricultural production. Cattle and calves are important to the state too. Eggs, aquaculture(farm-raised catfish, hybrid striped bass), and dairy products round out the top five commodities in the livestock products category.

Greenhouse and nursery products are the most valuable "crop" products to the state. Cotton and peanuts are important too, followed by corn for grain and soybeans.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Alabama.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1.Broilers(9-12 week old chickens) 2,406,976 58.7%
2.Cattle and calves 469,323 11.4%
3.Chicken eggs 287,956 7.0%
4.Greenhouse/nursery 263,092 6.4%
5.Cotton 193,535 4.7%
6. Peanuts 105,311 2.6%
7.Aquaculture 101,198 2.5%
8.Dairy products 43,497 1.1%
9.Corn for grain 43,468 1.1%
10.Soybeans 40,089 1.0%
11.Hay 17,906 0.4%
12.Hogs 16,408 0.4%
13.Tomatoes 11,902 0.3%
14.Wheat 10,045 0.2%
15. Sweet potatoes 9,363 0.2%
16. Farm chickens 7,905 0.2%
17. Peaches 6,610 0.2%
18. Cucumbers 2,312 0.1%
19. Watermelons 2,074 0.1%
20.Potatoes 1,982 Less than 0.1%
21. Corn, sweet 1,513 Less than 0.1%
22. Honey 1,462 Less than 0.1%
23. Pecans 1,294 Less than 0.1%
24. Blueberries 699 Less than 0.1%
25.Sorghum grain 489 Less than 0.1%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about Alabama agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).

The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of broilers produced in Alabama is 2,406,976. This number represents a dollar value of $2,406,976,000 (2,406,976 x 1,000): two billion, four hundred and six million, nine hundred and seventy-six thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Alabama. For example, broilers account for 58.7% of Alabama's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of broilers add up to over 1/2 of Alabama's total agricultural production.

Alabama farms and farmland - 2004

Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Agriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.

Alabama farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
44,000 8,712,000 27% 198
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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