Agriculture is one of Louisiana’s most important industries, ranking in the top three along with petrochemical industry and tourism. About 30,000 farms work to produce agricultural commodities on over 8 million acres of farmland. Forestry, included in the agricultural sector, is important as well – the state features nearly 14 million acres of forestland.
Forty-one percent of the nation’s wetlands are housed in the Pelican State, which also has the third-longest coastline in the nation at 7,721 miles long, according to the NOAA. State commercial fishing produces 25 percent of all seafood in the nation, putting Louisiana at No. 1 for crawfish, shrimp, alligator, menhaden and oyster production. Poultry products are important, too, along with rice, corn, sugarcane, soybeans, and cattle and calves. Looking to spice up a meal? Louisiana will get you fired up – it’s the main source of Tabasco peppers.