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About half of Alabama
Louisiana is one of the nation’s largest
producers of cotton, sugarcane, rice, sweet potatoes and pecans. It is also a
major producer of soybeans and corn. Louisiana is the only source of the Tabasco
pepper, prized as a condiment across the world. Poultry is the largest livestock
industry. The state is also the nation’s largest producer of alligator hides and
crawfish. Tourism is Louisiana’s second largest industry after forestry
(including paper-making and wood producing). Louisiana has more than 13.9
million acres of forests.
Louisiana’s principal mineral products are petroleum, natural gas, salt, sulphur,
carbon black, and gravel. Louisiana ranks second in the nation in oil
production. The state contains just under 10 percent of all known US oil
reserves. The state produces just over one-quarter of all U.S. natural gas
Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry catches about 25 percent of all seafood
caught in America. It is the nation’s largest producer of shrimp and oysters.
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