The state has several popular land regions, including the Alabama Black Belt, Wiregrass, Tennessee River Valley, and the River Region surrounding the state capital of Montgomery.
Agriculture in Alabama
Agriculture continues to be Alabama’s top industry for revenue generated in the Yellowhammer State. Agriculture in the state is a $4.7 billion-dollar industry. There are approximately 44,000 farms in the state, covering 8.9 million acres of Alabama. The average size farm comprises 206 acres. Agriculture makes a significant contribution to all 67 counties.
Alabama’s most valuable crops are cotton and soybeans. The state also grows substantial quantities of cattle, poultry, and nurseries. Most of the cropland is found in the northern Alabama area of the state.
Historically known for its cotton harvest, the products that now account for the state’s leading agricultural output are broiler chickens, soybeans, and corn. Alabama is a top 5 producer of broiler chickens alongside Georgia, Arkansas, and North Carolina. Poultry is Alabama’s largest agricultural commodity, leading as the most valuable livestock product, including eggs-layers, with sales valued at $3.1 billion.
Catfish is an essential commodity for the state, and Alabama leads the country in catfish production. Alabama’s aquaculture ranks first in the U.S. with $230.7 million in sales. Known for farm-raised catfish, Alabama boasts 205 catfish farms with sales valued at $219.7 million (USDA, June 2021). Many of these farms are located in the Black Belt Region.
Alabama boasts some of the countries’ most productive timberland, and the state has over 23 million acres of timberland within its borders. This figure ranks third in total timberland acreage amongst states. Alabama’s timber industry generates over $27.7 billion in economic output and creates over 120K jobs. Investing in timberland in Alabama, especially in the areas near infrastructure such as lumber mills, is a key strategy for investors and private individuals alike.
Due to the diversity found throughout Alabama; wildlife is abundant within the state on both land and water. A vibrant hunting and fishing culture exists in Alabama, and whitetail deer, turkey, dove, ducks, and hogs are the main quarry pursued. The Black Belt region, in particular, is a destination area for hunters due to the strong whitetail deer genetics found.
For anglers, freshwater and saltwater create a diverse ecosystem for many fish species, including largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, perch, and bluegill. The primary saltwater species include redfish, speckled trout, blacktip shark, and cobia. With over 100 public lakes, 123,000 stream miles, 255,000 freshwater acres, and Gulf Coast access, this makes for diverse fishing opportunities across the state.
The Tombigbee River, Alabama River, Tennessee River, Chattahoochee River, and the Black Warrior River are the largest rivers in the state. Other rivers such as the Coosa River, Tallapoosa River, Sipsey River, Cahaba River, and Conecuh Rivers are all utilized for many outdoor pursuits.
Alabama has 21 state parks and eight national parks.
- Horseshoe Bend
- Little River Canyon
- Muscle Shoals
- Natchez Trace
- Russel Cave
- Selma to Montgomery
- Trail of Tears
- Tuskegee institute
Lake Guntersville, the largest lake in Alabama, is located in Marshall, County Alabama on the Tennessee River 50 miles east of Huntsville, Alabama. The surface area of this lake is approximately 69,100 acres, 35 miles.
Other large lakes include Wheeler Lake and Lake Eufaula, which exceed 113,480 surface area acres.
Some professional bass fishing events are held at these lakes throughout the state.
|Neighboring States||Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida|
|Regions||Black Belt, Wiregrass, Gulf Coast, River Region, Tennessee River Valley|
|Big Game||whitetail deer, alligator, wild hogs, coyotes, fox, bobcats|
|Small Game||wild turkey, bobwhite quail, waterfowl, rabbits, squirrel, mourning doves|
|Freshwater Fish||catfish, bream, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill|
|Saltwater Fish||red snapper, triggerfish, yellowfin tuna, speckled trout, flounder, mackerel, redfish|
|Total Acreage||32.6 million acres|
|Total Public Land Acreage||871,232 acres|
|Average Annual Rainfall||56 inches|
|Farmland by Acreage||8.9 million|
|Woodlands by Acreage||22.9 million|
|Primary Crops||cotton and soybeans|
|Main Rivers||Alabama River, Tennessee River, Coosa River, Chattahoochee River, Tombigbee River|
|Other Lakes||Wheeler, Eufaula, Pickwick, Martin|
|Major Rivers||Alabama River, Tennessee River, Coosa River, Chattahoochee River, Tombigbee River|
|Other Tributaries||Black Warrior River, Cahaba River, Choctawhatchee River, Conecuh River, Coosa River, Locust Fork, Mulberry Fork, Pea River, Sipsey River, Tallapoosa River|
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