Agriculture plays a vital role in Indiana’s economy. With more than 53,000 farms totaling over 15 million acres of farmland, Indiana is a leading producer of corn, soybeans, hogs, poultry, popcorn and tomato products.
More than 16 percent of Indiana’s workforce is connected to agriculture, food and forestry and Indiana’s farm, food and forestry products add $25 billion to the state economy each year. The U.S. Department of Labor projects significant growth in selected food, renewable energy and environmental jobs through 2018.
Indiana actively promotes the use of biofuels, including ethanol and blended biofuels, derived from corn and soybeans. The state adopted a comprehensive clean energy production incentive package to encourage advanced agricultural investment in Indiana. Aquaculture is also a growing part of Indiana’s agricultural economy with estimated farm sales of over $15 million. Indiana’s industry includes the production of some major food fish and shellfish including: yellow perch, hybrid striped bass, tilapia, trout, marine shrimp and freshwater prawns.
Whitley County EDC Agribusiness Initiative
Indiana’s natural environment and commitment to industry support make it an ideal location for agricultural business opportunities. The focus of the Whitley County EDC Agribusiness Initiative is to solely create and foster opportunities in the agribusiness industry.
The Agribusiness Initiative was formed to create awareness about progressive opportunities within the agriculture business. Agriculture has always been a vital industry in Whitley County, but with innumerable technology opportunities, agribusiness has developed a broader career scope. Learn more about local agribusiness companies and career opportunities through our agribusiness company case studies.
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Sources: Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Purdue Extension, Inside Indiana Business
Whitley County Farm FactsAlmost 6.4% of all farms in Northeast Indiana are located in Whitley County, comprising 7.5% of farmland in Northeast Indiana. Whitley County also makes up the following for Northeast Indiana:
- 7.7% of all harvested cropland
- 8.3% of all hog and pig inventory
- 5.9% of all hogs and pigs sold
- 7.4% of all sheep & lamb inventory
- 5.3% of all milk goats sold
- 7.4% of all corn for grain
- 7.9% of all soybeans
- 8.5% of all acres of sweet corn harvested
- 15.4% of all pears farms
- 20.0% of all plums and prunes farms
- 11.9% of all apple farms
- 9.1% of all nut farms
Agribusiness Case Studies
Take a peek at our agribusiness case studies to learn more about the agriculture industry in Whitley County.