Highlights of Louisiana Agriculture 2016

Kurt Guidry  |  12/18/2017 3:46:07 PM

Agriculture is big business in Louisiana – contributing billions of dollars to the economy, employing thousands of people and providing many of the products we use every day. From sugarcane and sweet potatoes to crawfish and catfish, with cattle, rice, cotton, soybeans, corn and much more in between, Louisiana agriculture provides a diverse range of commodities. It also provides jobs for thousands of farmers, fishers, foresters, ranchers and other agricultural producers, as well as the thousands more involved in industries that handle food and fiber products along their way to consumers.

Louisiana agricultural products contributed $5.9 billion to the state’s economy as they left the farm gate in 2016. But their contributions didn’t stop there. Couple that “gross farm value” with the “value added” as those products made their way to consumers, and Louisiana agriculture had a total economic value of over $10.9 billion in 2016. That’s why we say agriculture is big business for Louisiana, and that’s why the LSU AgCenter is proud to conduct research and extension activities to support the diverse food and fiber industries that are Louisiana agriculture.

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