Agricultural Products / Food Production

Agriculture

The United States is fortunate to offer the safest and most economical food supply in the world.

Alabama ranks #3 in the U.S. in the production of broilers and other poultry, and substantially contributes to the ever-growing worldwide demand for proteins. Agribusiness has cultivated a positive impact on North Alabama’s regional economy as our counties rank among Alabama’s top-ten producers in the following categories:

  • Broilers:
    #1 DeKalb, #2 Cullman, #4 Marshall
  • Cattle:
    #4 DeKalb, #5 Cullman #8 Jackson #9 Lawrence
  • Corn:
    #1 Madison, #2 Lawrence, #3 Colbert,
  • Cotton:
    #1 Madison, #2 Limestone #3 Cherokee #4 Lawrence #5 Lauderdale
  • Dairy Cattle & Milk:
    #1 Morgan #2 Cullman #8 DeKalb
  • Greenhouse, Nursery & Floriculture:
    #5 Cherokee
  • Soybeans:
    #1 Limestone, #2 Lawrence #3 Madison #4 Colbert #5 Lauderdale
  • Vegetable & Melon Farming:
    #5 Cullman #6 DeKalb #8 Jackson

Update June, 2020

Source: 2017 Census of Agriculture County

North Alabama’s further-processors and packaging operations are served by a plentiful, clean water supply and are within close proximity to maintenance, rendering, and cold storage service suppliers. Our central-South location also positions them between two of the nation’s largest freight centers, Atlanta and Memphis, and within 500 miles of half of the U.S. population.

Largest Food-Related Employers

  • AlaTrade
  • Albertville Quality Foods
  • American Proteins
  • Aviagen Group
  • Bunge Oils
  • Del Monte
  • Gemstone Foods
  • Golden Rod Broilers
  • Koch Foods
  • Pilgrims Pride
  • Saputo Dairy Foods
  • Sunrise Foods
  • Sunshine Mills
  • Tyson Foods
  • Wayne Farms

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