Friday, August 30, 2013

Farms Matter

By Sarah Correll

$37.9 billion. That’s a lot of money. According to a report of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, that’s how much Indiana’s agriculture industry contributed to the economy in 2011. This report studied the importance of agriculture in Indiana, and it includes some impressive numbers.

 About 83% of Indiana’s land is farmed or forested. That’s 19.4 million acres of Indiana land producing food and forestry products for use, trade, and export.

Agriculture employs over 190,000 Hoosiers. These are jobs from our communities, for our communities.

And most of this comes from family farms. What an amazing industry!

Read the Indiana Business Research Center’s full report, “Agriculture’s Bounty: The Economic Contribution of Agriculture,” here

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