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Arkansas and Louisiana are prime locations for companies serving agribusinesses. This sector encompasses various components of agricultural production including agrichemicals, crop production, farm machinery and equipment, food processing, seed supply, distribution, sales and marketing.

With more than 1,700 agriculture-related businesses in Arkansas, it is Arkansas’ largest industry, adding around $16 billion to the state’s economy annually. The state is creating a ready supply of raw materials for agribusiness and is home to three of the largest food companies in the world.

Job Growth in the Agribusiness Cluster

Entergy Region on Track to Outpace U.S. by 2.03%

*Source: EMSI 2015.3

31,696

In the Entergy Arkansas Service Territory Employed in the Agribusiness Sector

6

Deep-Water Ports in Louisiana

Arkansas and Louisiana are prime locations for companies serving agribusinesses.

Arkansas

18 Agribusiness Companies in the Entergy Arkansas Service Territory

Top National Rankings for Arkansas Agriculture:
1st in rice production, 2nd in broiler production, 3rd in cotton production

Raw Materials

  • 14.5 million acres of farmland
  • 6.2 million acres of row crops
  • 8.3 million acres of livestock and hay
  • 49,346 farms statewide

Transportation

  • Three Class 1 railroads serve the Entergy Arkansas territory, including Union Pacific, BNSF and Kansas City Southern.
  • Five commercially navigable waterways, including the Arkansas River, Mississippi River, Ouachita River, Red River and White River, move more than 8.3 million tons of food and farm products annually.
  • Three major interstate highways traverse Arkansas, connecting to major population centers within a day’s drive—Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis and Chicago.

Workforce

  • In 2014, 5,590 people were employed in either crop production or animal production, and 31,696 were employed in the agribusiness sector and related businesses in the Entergy Arkansas service territory.
  • From 2014 to 2019, the agribusiness workforce is projected to grow by 2.03% in the Entergy service territory.

Research and Development

  • The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences offers 12 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degree programs along with seven doctoral programs. Numerous research projects are funded by various companies and organizations from around the world.
  • Various research consortiums have been born from the Dale Bumpers College including the Arkansas Center for Plant-Powered Production, Arkansas Forest Resources Center, Arkansas Water Resources Center, Arkansas Wheat Research, Cell and Molecular Biology, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, Center for Food Animal Wellbeing, Center for Food Safety, DNA Resource Center, Food Safety Consortium, Institute of Food Science and Engineering, National Agricultural Law Center, RiceCAP Genomics Project and Rosen Alternative Pest Control Center.
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Louisiana

3 Agribusiness Companies in the Entergy Louisiana Service Territory

Agriculture and forestry contribute $10 billion annually to the Louisiana economy.

Read more about why Louisiana is a great place to establish a business.

Business Climate

  • Louisiana is ranked 2nd for overall cost of doing business on the Forbes list of the “Best States for Business.”
  • Louisiana State University has identified seven areas of focus for Research & Development activities including Materials Science and Engineering.

Transportation

  • Louisiana is served by six Class 1 railroads, making it one of two states in the country where the convergence of all six of North America’s Class 1 railroads occurs.
  • Louisiana has six deep-water ports. These deep-water ports are connected to eight coastal ports and 13 inland ports by about 2,300 miles of navigable inland waterways, making it one of the largest port systems in the world.
  • Millions of tons of commodities flow in and out of Louisiana. The Ports of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and South Louisiana all have significant chemical tonnage.
  • Six major interstate highways traverse Louisiana, connecting to major population centers within a day’s drive.

Sites

  • Multiple certified sites are available in the Entergy Louisiana Territory.
  • Rail spurs serve several of the buildings available in the Entergy Louisiana territory.

Workforce

  • The Entergy Louisiana workforce totals almost 2 million.
  • 7,747 people are employed in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting sector, while almost 3,000 people are employed in the Chemical Manufacturing sector.
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