AgriBusiness and Food Production

In Alabama, over 38,000 farms on 8.3 million acres yield a bounty of agriculture products. Alabama ranks second among the states in freshwater fish production, third in poultry production, third in peanut production, and in the top 10 for cotton production. Agricultural cash receipts totaled an estimated $4.7 billion in 2020, with the top commodities being broilers and chicken eggs.

Alabama’s 40,000-strong agriculture workforce supported $800 million worth of exports in 2021, including $341 million in food products, $326 million in agricultural products, and $133 million in livestock and related products. Explore a full listing of agriculture products and food production companies in Alabama here.

Made in Alabama Quick Facts:

  • Agriculture and food products exports from Alabama totaled $800 million in 2021
  • Over 38,000 farms in operation
  • Over 400 production and beverage product establishments in Alabama
  • 8.3 million acres of farm land
  • No. 2 in U.S. freshwater fish sales
  • No. 3 in U.S. poultry production
  • No. 3 in U.S. peanut production

EDPA: Alabama’s Food Production Industry
Made in Alabama: Agricultural Products & Food Production

Covington County

Covington County has over 1,000 farms adding up to over 200,000 acres of farmland. Poultry and egg production is the largest agricultural commodity, followed by cattle and peanuts. Covington County ranks third in tree nut farming, and fifth in dairy cattle and milk production.
Additionally, Covington County has the resources for food product processing and manufacturing. Available shovel-ready industrial sites have proximity to five major highways, multiple airports, railways, and port facilities. The Covington County Economic Development Commission is also dedicated to developing customized incentive packages, facilitating speed-to-market, and assisting the training of a skilled workforce.

Category: Target Industries

Manufacturers help drive Alabama’s economy, with $18.82 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2019. Additionally, Alabama manufacturers account for 16.83 percent of the total output in the state, coming in at $38.40 billion in 2019. The sector employs 13 percent of the workforce. Alabama...
Learn More
Thanks to an abundant skilled workforce, best-in-class cooperative training and an extremely business-friendly economic climate, Alabama has grown to become a leading center globally for automotive production. Assembly plants operated by Mercedes, Honda, and Hyundai have propelled Alabama to a Top 5 ranking in the...
Learn More
Alabama’s presence in the aerospace and aviation industry is broad and vast, with activities in virtually every segment of the sector. Aerospace manufacturing accounts for around 13,200 jobs in the state. Alabama ranks 5th in the U.S. for employment of aerospace engineers, with a count...
Learn More
Alabama is equipped to quickly ship your products anywhere in the world at a competitive cost. We are centrally located in the heart of the U.S.'s fastest growing economy, only a day’s drive from half of the U.S. population. Plus, no inventory tax! By...
Learn More
Alabama’s forestry products industry is expanding. Alabama has the second largest timberland base in the U.S., and companies like Georgia Pacific and Weyerhaeuser continue to make investments in the state. There’s nearly 23 million acres of timberland, and Alabama’s forests are so fertile that the...
Learn More
Metals manufacturing takes place across the entire state of Alabama. Abundant mineral wealth in iron ore, coal, and limestone has made the state ripe for economic development and set the stage for growth in the metals manufacturing sector. More than 1,100 primary metal manufacturing companies...
Learn More
If you can work from anywhere, why not work from beautiful southeast Alabama? In 2018, five million U.S. employees, or 3.6 percent of the total workforce, worked remotely. In 2020, COVID-19 caused a seismic shift towards remote work. During the first few months of the...
Learn More