Aquaculture – Ranking No. 4 in U.S. aquaculture production with more than $116 million in cash receipts, Alabama’s 156 aquaculture farms grow tilapia, trout, bass, carp, catfish and flounder.
Broilers – The U.S. has the largest industry in the world for broilers, or chickens produced for meat. Alabama producers generated a $3.85 billion production value with a staggering 1.06 billion broilers in 2014.
Cattle and Calves – Ground beef from a single steer makes about 720 quarter-pound hamburgers. About 1.2 million cattle and calves in Alabama brought the state a $616 million production value in 2014.
Cotton Lint – Alabama ranks No. 7 in the U.S. for cotton sales and for the most planted acres of cotton. In 2014, Alabama farmers harvested 348,000 acres, earning that state a $192.61 million production value.
Corn – U.S. corn growers produce 36 percent of the world’s corn production. Alabama farmers produced 45.3 million bushels of corn in 2014 for a $172.19 million production value.
Eggs – The U.S. produces 75 billion eggs a year, or about 10 percent of the world’s supply. More than 2.14 billion eggs from Alabama layers earned a $400.7 million production value in 2014.
Hogs – With ham as the No. 1 lunch sandwich served at home, it’s no surprise Alabama hog farmers successfully earned $35 million in 2014 with 110,000 hogs.
Peanuts – About half of the peanuts consumed in the U.S. are eaten in the form of peanut butter. Alabama produced 544.95 million pounds of peanuts in 2014 for a production value of $101.3 million.
Soybeans – Alabama soybean growers harvested 470,000 acres of this crop in 2014, yielding 18.8 million bushels. That’s enough to produce 28.2 million gallons of biodiesel. The crop had a $193.8 million production value.
Wheat – Around 75 percent of all U.S. grain products are made from wheat flour. At 69 bushels per acre, Alabama wheat fields yielded 15.52 million bushels of wheat for a $92.37 million production value in 2014.