Special Report

The Most Iconic Product in Each State

1. Alabama
> Most iconic product:
Cotton

It is no accident Alabama is nicknamed the Cotton State, as cotton is Alabama’s largest row crop and played an important role in the history of the state. The plant is grown in nearly every part of Alabama — 59 out of 67 counties. In 2011, farmers in the state planted 460,000 acres of cotton. According to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, the first settlers came to the state in search for land to grow cotton. They found such land in the state’s river valleys.

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2. Alaska
> Most iconic product:
Salmon

Alaska is best known to some for its oil industry, yet fish is actually the state’s biggest export by a wide margin. Fish accounted for more than 40% of Alaska’s total exports, which include products such as oil and zinc — both among the state’s most valuable exports. No state’s fishing industry came even close to rivaling the industry’s relative importance to Alaska’s economy.

3. Arizona
> Most iconic product:
Copper

Copper in Arizona is a major feature of the state’s economy. The aptly named Copper State leads every other state in copper production and accounts for nearly two-thirds of the nation’s copper production. The U.S. Congress approved at the end of last year a bill that cleared the way for the development of a massive copper mine in Superior, Arizona. Mining company Resolution Copper Mining will operate the mine.

4. Arkansas
> Most iconic product:
Broilers

Though Arkansas produces more rice than any other state, nothing is more important to the state’s agriculture industry than broilers, chickens bred for meat. On average, 34 chickens are processed every second in Arkansas. Tyson Chicken, one of the world’s largest meat and poultry producers is headquartered in Springdale, one of the largest cities in the state.

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5. California
> Most iconic product:
Wine

California produces approximately 90% of U.S. wine. The state is also the fourth largest wine-producing economy in the world behind Spain, France, and Italy. While it has not reached the level of prestige its european contemporaries have, Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries attract American and International tourists. An estimated 535,000 acres of wine grapes in total can be found in 48 of the state’s 58 counties.