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Roots run deep. Our history is defined by our endurance. The first locomotive. The largest oil field in the country for a decade. The longest standing military tank plant in the U.S. The brave men and women of our community who have served our country and secured our freedom. The farmers who grow our nation’s food source with their bare hands. Our Real American Roots run deep, and we aim to keep those traditions alive.

Agriculture in Allen County is a dynamic industry that represents the very fabric of the local community. It is a deeply rooted culture defined by tradition, integrity, hard work and real American strength. This inherent dedication to the industry describes both the farmer and the agribusiness professional. In Allen County, Ohio, agriculture is more than farming — it is the entire collection of businesses essential to the production, processing, and distribution of high-quality agricultural products.

Situated on the western edge of the U.S. Midwest Corn Belt, and in what was the southern edge of the historic Great Black Swamp, the productive soil resource is the basis for predominantly corn and soybean crops. Over 900 family farm operations characterize 71 percent of Allen County’s land area. The annual market value of crops and livestock sold in the county is $144 million, making production agriculture a predominant force in the local economy. Since 76 percent of that revenue is from crop sales, farmers do have considerable options for marketing their grain locally through large grain retailers and processing facilities.

Nearly 56 percent of jobs in the region are related in some way to agribusiness. Many of our farm and agribusiness operations date back eight generations and are still going strong. The fastest expanding enterprise on local farms is in livestock production, and as a result, this region enjoys high-quality meat products.

Celebrate agriculture’s abundance, heritage and bright future with us!

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