Southwest Louisiana Counties are Rooted in Agriculture

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Gross Farm Value for Southwest Louisiana Parishes

Jefferson Davis Parish: $187,798,828

Calcasieu Parish: $109,642,271

Cameron Parish: $103,301,513

Beauregard Parish: $92,275,736

Allen Parish: $80,473,693

Source: LSU AgCenter, 2014

Returning to Roots

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, located in Allen and Jefferson Davis parishes, is embracing its agricultural heritage with several ventures, including a hydroponics garden that grows tomatoes, lettuce and other produce using only mineral-infused water – no soil – and bees for pollination. The tribe sells food grown in its solar-powered hydroponic greenhouses at its farmers market in Elton and to restaurants at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder. Along with its garden, the tribe also operates a crawfish farm, a mayhaw orchard and a five-acre bottomland hardwood planting reforestation program. Tribal leaders recently teamed up with agriculture experts at the University of Arkansas to explore the latest breakthroughs in food science and the best land management practices to plan for future growth of agriculture in the area.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cary Estes is a freelance writer based in Birmingham, Ala. He has written for numerous publications and websites, including Delta Sky magazine, Sports Illustrated, Associated Press... more

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