Explore undefined agriculture and learn what makes it unique.
With more than 85% of its land devoted to farming in various applications, agriculture is clearly at the root of Iowa’s economy and culture. Iowa’s rich soil composition and favorable weather patterns make it an ideal place for growing most cash crops and raising livestock. Due to these qualities and more, Iowa farms are highly sought after, making it some of the most expensive farmland per acre in the nation. Iowa has consistently been ranked in the top 5 in the nation for agricultural production and exports since the year 2000 and ranks number 1 in exports of several commodities including Pork and Corn.
According to the latest Census of Agriculture, farmers in Iowa grew and sold $28.9 billion dollars worth of agricultural products, of which, over 50% were livestock and poultry products. In 2018, Iowa was the number 1 exporter of Corn, Pork, Feeds and processed Grains in the United States.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales were Sioux County, Lyon County, Plymouth County, Washington County, and Kossuth County. These counties make up 16% of Iowa's total agricultural revenue.