Tough year for farmers highlight of Louisiana's Agriculture Day

Tough year for farmers highlight of Louisiana's Agriculture Day

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Agriculture is a billion dollar industry in Louisiana that was hit hard this year by weather events, which is why the Governor proclaimed a day to recognize the people who get the job done even when times are tough.

"We all owe a great debt to the hardworking men and women who raise the quality produce and livestock that all Louisiana families depend on daily," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "Given the two historic floods in March and August, 2016 was a difficult year for many farms, both large and small.

The Agriculture industry brings in about $13 billion each year for the state. More than half of that comes from crops, which the remaining percentage comes from livestock.

"I hope that proclaiming Louisiana Ag Day demonstrates our appreciation for the important work being done by this industry to keep our families healthy and productive, especially when that work is most challenging," Gov. Edwards added.

The top five agriculture products in the state include sugar cane, rice, cattle, soybeans and cotton.

The next generation will learn about the importance agriculture plays in our state during an event at Southern University.

More than 3,000 elementary, middle and high school students will learn how agriculture impacts their daily life and how to sustain a healthy living through food. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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