Agricultural Products / Food Production

Agriculture

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

Alabama ranks #2 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-five producers in the following categories:

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

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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