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Indiana Ag Facts
Sources: USDA NASS; Economic Research Service; Indiana Business Research Center, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University; National Woodland Owners Survey, ISDA Visit ISDA Here
By the numbers:
- Agriculture contributes an estimated $31.2 billion to Indiana’s economy.
- Indiana is the eighth largest agricultural exporter in the nation, exporting just over $4.6 billion in 2017.
- The value of unprocessed agricultural commodities sold was $11.1 billion in 2017.
- The Indiana hardwoods industry has an annual economic impact of over $10 billion.
- There are FFA chapters in 91 of the 92 counties in Indiana
- The total employment footprint of agriculture- and forestry-related industries in the state is estimated at 188,640 jobs in 2012.
- Indiana has 56,649 farming operations, with an average farm size of 264 acres.
- There are more than 20.5 million turkeys in Indiana.
- Indiana is the tenth largest farming state in the nation.
- There are just over 94,000 farmers in Indiana.
- The average age of an Indiana farmer is 55.5 years old.
- Indiana’s farmers cultivated nearly 15 million acres of farmland in 2017.
- There are more than 4.2 million hogs in Indiana.
- Indiana has an estimated 187,000 dairy cows.
- 96 percent of farms are family-owned or operated.
- In 2020 Indiana farmers planted a new state record of 1.5 million acres of living or overwintering covers (like cover crops)
- More than 80 percent of land in Indiana is devoted to farms, forests and woodland.
- 4.1 of Indiana’s 4.9 million forest acres are privately owned. There are 83,000 family forest ownerships in Indiana
- Hoosier forests offer a sustainable and natural raw material for manufactures. Indiana statewide timber growth exceeds removals for harvest and natural tree mortality by 2.3 times.
- Indiana’s hardwood industry supports 70,000 jobs — 44,000 in primary and secondary manufacturing and 26,000 in ancillary sectors.
- Through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program program Hoosier landowners planted 329,760 trees in 2020.