Alabama

State Quick Facts

Population
4,903,185

Total State GDP
$230,968,200,000

State Land Area (Acres)
32,412,800

Land in Forest
71%

Land in Farms
26%

Number of Farms
38,800

Average Farm Size (acres)
214

Farm Real Estate Value (per acre) 
$3,100

Agricultural Cash Receipts 
$5,789,453,000

Cash Receipts from Crops 
$1,245,350,000

Cash Receipts from Animals 
$4,544,103,000

Top Ag. Commodities

Broilers
$3,454,844,000

Cattle and Calves
$523,645,000

Chicken Eggs
$382,196,000

Miscellaneous Crops
$380,799,000

Cotton Lint, Upland
 $284,329,000

Top Ag. Exports

Broiler Meat
 $343,044,370

Cotton
$253,882,272

Other Plant Products
$216,799,304

Other Oilseeds and Products
$121,899,053

Beef and Veal
$65,234,427

Alabama Economic Contribution and Impact Research

In 2018, Alabama generated around $5.8 billion in agricultural cash receipts with the highest valued commodities being broilers, cattle and calves, and chicken eggs. That same year, the value of Alabama’s agricultural production and processing industries represented 4.9 percent of total state GDP. Some of the dollars generated by these industries end up being re-spent within the local economy, bringing additional value to the state through “multiplier effects.” Economic impact and contribution studies measure these effects, which can be broken down into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects.

Websites, reports, fact sheets, and articles related to the economic impacts and contributions of Alabama’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found below. 

*As of 2018, no standard methodology exists for producing economic impact or economic contribution reports.  Please exercise caution when viewing and comparing reports as each may vary significantly in terms of source data and analysis and reporting methodology.