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La. agriculture $9.9B in 2010, up 20 percent

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 2:42 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Louisiana, Agriculture, Up

NEW ORLEANS- The LSU AgCenter says timber and poultry exports to Asia helped Louisiana's agricultural economy recover to $9.9 billion last year, up 20 percent from the $8.3 billion total
in 2009.

It says the poultry plant in Farmerville, which was closed for part of 2009, and timber exports to Haiti for earthquake recovery construction also contributed.

Poultry and timber together accounted for $4.8 billion of Louisiana's 2010 total.

Poultry is Louisiana's biggest animal business, and the AgCenter's annual Ag Summary says it contributed about $1.6 billion last year.

That's up 80 percent from 2009, when it was $884 million.

Timber farmers got more than $824 million in 2010 for timber and pulp, with lumber and pulp products adding another $2.3 billion in value.

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