Agribusiness initiative

Whitley 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 EDC Agribusiness Initiative is to foster opportunities in the agribusiness industry.

Agriculture has always been a vital industry in Whitley County. The technology opportunities and relation to other industries make Whitley County a strategic location for great success.

Whitley County is deeply rooted in Indiana’s agricultural portfolio. With more than 180,000 acres assessed as agricultural Whitley County is a leading producer of corn, soybeans, hogs, and cattle. 

More than 16 percent of Indiana’s workforce is connected to agriculture and food and forestry, which adds $25 billion to the state economy each year. 

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

In March 2022, the Indiana Small Business Development Center launched an agribusiness initiative to support farmers, producers, processors, and manufacturers. Whitley EDC will use these materials for small-business coaching with our Indiana Small Business representative. 

Contact Whitley EDC for your agribusiness needs.   

Meet Your Neighbors - Agritourism in Whitley County! 

In Whitley County, there is no shortage of agritourism. A place to shop local, learn local, and eat and drink local, you're never far from a friendly agri-neighbor in Whitley County. After all, since our county outline was established, we've told a great story of agriculture. 

Visit these agritourism stops! Check back often, we're growing! 

Shop: Bee Great Marketplace
See: Blue Lane Tulip Farm - Meishan Pig Farm
See: Eel River Bison Ranch & Event Center
See and Drink: E Brewing Company
Drink: Edwin Coe Spirits
See and Do: Esterline Farms
See and Do: Gable's Strawberries Plus
Shop: Integrity Meats
See and Shop: Lunar Infusions Kombucha
Shop: Krider's Meat Processing
Shop: Poptique Gourmet Popcorn
See and Shop: Old World Fudge
Eat: Ole' Hitchin Post
Eat and Shop: Sugar Creek 

Whitley County Hosts More Than Ten Indiana Grown Businesses! 

Indiana Grown creates connections between farmers and consumers by promoting all forms of agriculture that are packaged, raised, processed, and grown within the state of Indiana. Check out these well-known Whitely County agribusinesses and entrepreneurs.