Study reveals farms contribute greatly to local economy

Published 7:36 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Generating $2 billion and creating and impacting more than 12,000 jobs, it’s no secret that agriculture is a powerful industry in Selma and Dallas County. Recently revealed in a report by the Alabama Agribusiness Council and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the size and scope of the agriculture business was fully examined and what was found was something we all already knew — agriculture is a predominant pillar in economic growth and sustainability in Dallas County. And because agriculture is so crucial to our local economy, it’s important that we find ways to invest in this ever growing and expanding industry.

As for agriculture overall, more than 250,000 acres in Dallas County are used for planting or livestock. In 2007, the most recent data available, there were 555 farms in operation. We encourage local leaders to recognize the importance of agriculture in Dallas County, and harness our resources to keep it a growing industry.

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