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In this 2014-2015 annual issue of the “Indiana Agricultural Statistics” publication you will find information about
Indiana’s entire agricultural industry. This is the 89th edition and is published by the cooperative efforts of Purdue
University and USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This year’s edition includes historical revisions
for major data items and updated county level data in the Historical Revisions section.
We are again pleased to feature the photography talents of 23 individual 4-H members within Indiana’s 2014-
2015 Agricultural Statistics Annual Summary. These photographs, exhibited at the 2014 Indiana State Fair,
provide a glimpse of Indiana’s agriculture from future farmers’ perspective. We are grateful to all of the 4-H
members who submitted their photos for publication
This publication satisfies the growing need for accurate, reliable and unbiased information and data. The data is
collected from Indiana Farmers, agricultural businesses, USDA Farm Service Agency County Staff, Purdue
University County Extension Staff, NASDA Enumerators and others that make this Publication possible.
This data is used to provide facts to decision makers that determine the future of Indiana's agricultural industry.
The goal for this publication remains unchanged. It is to provide the public with data to help them understand the
current situation of Indiana’s farming community and future opportunities. While we strive to exceed this goal the
Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service assures that all individual reports and
business data are held in the strictest confidence. We take every action possible to protect your data.
Indiana agriculture continues to be a growing segment of the State’s economy, with Indiana ranked in the top ten
nationally for farm receipts. Hoosier farmers should take pride in the fact that even with adverse weather
conditions, rising production expenses and prices, Indiana agriculture continues to thrive. Indiana continues to
rank near the top nationally in the production of corn, soybeans, popcorn, blueberries, peppermint, spearmint,
processing tomatoes, fresh market melons, and vegetables for processing. Indiana livestock producers put our
state’s rank at the top for hogs, chickens, eggs, and turkeys.
This Federal/University cooperative effort has existed since 1925 and continues to enhance the opportunity for
agricultural research programs for State specific statistical projects in support of agricultural researchers and
decision makers. Some of those projects include Agronomic Survey of Indiana Corn and Soybean Growers, Plant
Disease and Fungicide Use Survey, and Timber Price Survey. Results of these special research efforts are
published by the individual research programs. Results from these special
surveys are not a part of this publication but please feel free to contact us
for reference to those researchers for additional information.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve the agricultural community, with
your help, in providing timely, accurate, and unbiased data. Please let us
know your comments and suggestions.
USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region
Serving Indiana, Michigan and Ohio