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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Cotton makes comeback, but no longer king

July 17, 2017
In The News

“King Cotton lost its crown in the new millennium, but it's staging a Louisiana comeback in 2017. Louisiana farmers have planted 200,000 acres of cotton in 2017, a 43 percent jump over last year. Though that remains a fraction of the 800,000 acres planted just over a decade ago, it almost doubles the all-time low of 115,000 acres planted in 2015.”

“Congressman Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, is Louisiana's only member of the House Agriculture Committee.

His daughter and son-in-law Asley and Dustin Morris, who earned the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation's 2015 Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award, now operate the Abraham farm.The fields are just a few yards from the congressman's front porch at his Richland Parish home on the Boeuf River.

"This is the first time cotton has been planted in this field in probably 13 years," Abraham said as he walked between the rows of a lush stand of cotton. "I'm so happy to see cotton make a comeback."