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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The LSU AgCenter says Louisiana's agricultural economy had its second record year in a row in 2013, bringing the state more than $11.8 billion. That's 3.5 percent more than in 2012.

Economist John Westra says good weather in Louisiana and high prices for corn and cattle had a lot to do with it.

Westra says the state set at least a dozen back-to-back records for individual crops and commodities.

He says that's rare, and unlikely to happen again this year. Reasons include falling prices for soybeans and corn and a wet early spring that could reduce corn planting.

The two biggest sectors in 2013 were forestry, at $2.9 billion, and poultry, at $2 billion, followed by $930.3 million for feed grain crops and $908.8 million for soybeans.

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