About Beauregard Parish

Michael Lavergne, Smith, Sylvia H.  |  9/7/2005 9:56:25 PM

Forestry and beef are among the leading agricultural commodities of the parish.

Beauregard Parish is located in the upland section generally known as the "Highlands". The parish boundaries are: Vernon Parish to the north, Allen Parish to the east, Calcasieu Parish to the south, and the state of Texas to the west.

The leading agricultural commodities according to income are forestry, beef, cattlerice, soybeans, and commercial vegetables.

In 2011, the agricultural income was over $68 million. Forestry represented over $53 million of the total Parish agricultural receipts.

Timber production has been important to the parish since the twenties when lumber companies clear cut all the trees. Reforestation by citizens and private industry in the early fifties made possible the location of a paper mill in 1967. The mill today uses an average of 2,800 cords each day.

International Paper Corporation has located a large modern sawmill in the Southern part of the parish that has increased the use of wood products.

Though soils of Beauregard Parish are not naturally very fertile, they lend themselves readily to improvement and with the mild climate and ample rainfall, a great diversity of crops can be grown.

The major plant science crops are: soybeans, wheat, corn, rice, sorghum and commercial vegetables. Other important crops are nursery, forage crops and fruit production.

Cattle production is important, especially the grazing of light-weight calves on winter pasture. Dairy farms at present number 5. Other animal science commodities of importance are ratite and other exotic fowl, horses, swine, sheep, and goats.

Agri-businesses that contribute to the parish are: paper mill, sawmills, wood preserving company, feed, seed and fertilizer dealers, nurseries, and tractor and implement dealers.

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