“While the statewide numbers are impressive, the report indicates that in many of the more rural parts of the state, agriculture and ag-related businesses are the major activity,” said Dan Otto, ISU Extension economist and one of the authors.
“The research points out that agriculture is more than farm-level production. Related activities include inputs and services, agricultural processing and secondary spending with main street businesses. The report is a good reminder of the important relationship between rural communities and agriculture here in
The publications offer statistics on the agriculture industry in each of the state’s 99 counties along with specific economic analysis of livestock, corn and soybean production in comparison to the non-agriculture industry.
The analysis for these publications was drawn from a more detailed report prepared by Otto and Mark Imerman with assistance from Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington.
The publications are available only on the Web at www.extension.iastate.edu/store/. To get directly to the publication, enter PM2023 in the search box in the upper right corner of the screen. Then click on the red "Download in PDF format." This will bring up a map of Iowa and a list of counties. Click on the county name in the list or map that you are interested in and a copy of that publication will appear.
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