St. Landry Parish Extension
It is believed that Opelousas is the third oldest town in Louisiana. The agriculture lands of St. Landry Parish may be divided into three separate classes: Loessial terrace, coastal prairie and alluvial. St. Landry Parish is the most diversified parish in the state; every major crop grown in the state is grown here. St. Landry has long been one of the leading agricultural parishes in the state, and numerous residents of the urban areas receive their income from this source.

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agriculture in St. Landry Parish continues to be a major driving force for the local economy.  In 2011 there were just over 94,000 acres of soybeans planted and harvested in St. Landry Parish, making St. Landry the largest soybean producing parish statewide.  Rice production is the second most significant crop grown in St. Landry Parish with nearly 23,000 acres in production for 2011.  The livestock industry also has a great presence in St. Landry with constant growth in the area of equine production and equine related business and recreation, associated with the horse racing industry, all generating revenue.  The agriculture industry in St. Landry Parish is worth in excess of $140 million to the local economy.

Contact St. Landry Parish Extension

Contact St. Landry Parish Extension

Lisa Benoit
Associate Agent
1065 Hwy 749
Suite A
Opelousas, Louisiana  70570-9298
Phone: (337) 948-0561
Fax: 337/948-0564


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  • Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana