Explore undefined agriculture and learn what makes it unique.
Ohio is one of a small number of states with more than 50% of its land area devoted to agricultural land. A combination of good growing conditions, soil fertility and soil diversity (Ohio has over 400 unique soil types) allow producers to grow a variety of crops and also make it a powerhouse for cash crops such as corn and soybeans. Other examples of crops commonly produced in Ohio include: Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Pumpkins, Squash, and over 200 additional crops. The number of farms in Ohio grew from 75,462 to 77,805 from 2012 to 2017 with an average size of 179 acres.
According to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, annually Ohio produces $9.3 billion of agricultural products. $5.4 billion of this total was from the production and sale of crops including greenhouse and nursery crops and $3.9 billion from the sale of livestock, poultry and their products. In 2018, Ohio was the number 7 exporter of Soybeans, and the eighth ranked exporter of Corn and Feed products in the United States.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales were Mercer County, Darke County, Wayne County, Crawford County, and Hardin County. These five counties account for 21% of the state's total agricultural revenue.