Open Water Developed Barren Wetlands Deciduous Forest Evergreen Forest Mixed Forest Pasture/Hay Row Crops TOTAL STATE. 1,123,249 454,486 884,891 2,212732 7,860,345 6,657,414 7,801,353 3,453,377 3,110,794 33,682,203. Various Land Uses 2004, in acres.
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1000 acres1000 dollars
Million dollars% Total
(row crops, orchard, etc.)
(This figure is the approximate official statistic, from Steve Guy of ALFA. We are trying to get data on unofficial hunting revenues too)
The next slide shows that a minority of the farms (about 8%) produces a majority of the crops by value (about 82%).
According to Herb Vanderberry of the Alabama State Division of the USDA, the same small group of farms (about 11%) own about 30% of the farmland in Alabama.
This does not mean there is no place for small farms or family fams, but only that small farms have been under stress, the rural way of life is changing, and rural people need to consider many options.
Farm size range% Total Farms%Total Ag Sales
Less than $10,00068.9 2.7
$10,000 - 49,00016.5 4.5
$50,000 – 99,999 3.3 3.1
$100,000 – 249,000 3.5 7.6
$250,000 – 499,000 3.316.2
$500,00 or more 4.565.9