Agriculture is one of Louisiana’s most important industries, ranking in the top three along with petrochemical industry and tourism. 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.
Check out the helpful infographic below showing the top 10 Louisiana ag products, based on 2015 cash receipts, plus a fun fact about each. Feel free to share on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, or contact us to reprint.
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What’s Growing in Louisiana?
- Soybeans – $624 million: Soybeans are an important ingredient in crayons. In fact, just 1 acre of soybeans can make 82,368 crayons.
- Broilers – $500 million: The U.S. has the largest broiler chicken industry in the world and consumes more chicken than anyone else.
- Rice – $390 million: Rice is cultivated in over 100 countries and on every continent except Antarctica.
- Sugarcane – $387 million: One stalk of sugarcane, a tall perennial true grass, contains 30 teaspoons of sugar and six teaspoons of molasses.
- Cattle and Calves – $361 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Corn – $273 million: Field corn is different from the corn we eat. Hard and dry, it’s used to feed livestock and make ethanol.
- Chicken Eggs – $89.3 million: U.S. poultry farms provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Cotton Lint, Upland – $75.3 million: One bale of cotton can make 215 pairs of jeans, 1,256 pillowcases or 313,600 $100 bills.
- Sweet Potatoes – $41.6 million: Sweet potatoes are actually roots, unlike regular potatoes which are underground stems.
- Dairy Products – $35 million: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.