Farmers in Alabama grow cotton, corn, soybeans and peanuts, as well as many fruit and vegetable crops, sorghum and sod. Cotton was the main crop in the state until the boll weevil blight that began in 1915 forced the state to diversify its agricultural industry. Cotton remains important to the farming industry in Alabama, but it only represents a small portion of the nation's cotton supply as of 2014.
A wide variety of fruit crops are grown in the state. They include nectarines, plums, grapes, peaches, blueberries and strawberries. Watermelon is also very abundant in Alabama. Vegetable crops are not as abundant as the fruit crops. They include sweet potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn and potatoes. Other corn crops apart from sweet corn are used for grains and feeding the state's livestock.
The state possesses a great amount of sod production that is produced and sold in nurseries and greenhouses. Some areas of Alabama grow sorghum, which has been susceptible to sugarcane aphids, but researchers let the farmers know when the these or other crop-destroying insects are accumulating.
Most of Alabama's agricultural revenue comes from raising livestock. The areas that produce crops contribute around 18 percent of the state's overall revenue.Learn More
Alabama is an equitable distribution state rather than a community property state, according to LegalZoom. When divorcing in Alabama, if the divorcing couple cannot agree upon division of property, assets, and debts, then the court divides them "equitably," or fairly, rather than 50-50 as in a community property state.Full Answer >
Alabama's natural resources include timber, water, wildlife and soil. The natural resources of the state provide a way of life for its citizens, and much to see for tourists.Full Answer >
The Alabama state motto is "Audemus jura nostra defendere," which can be interpreted as "We dare defend our rights." The motto was inspired from a part of a poem called "What Constitutes a State" that was written by Sir William Jones and published in "Familiar Quotations."Full Answer >
Some counties and cities in Alabama allow Sunday beer sales, but it is not a statewide policy. The state of Alabama as a whole does not allow Sunday beer sales, but some communities wanted 7-day beer sales to stimulate tourism economies, and local voters backed the proposals.Full Answer >