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In this 2016-2017 annual issue of the “Indiana Agricultural Statistics” publication you will find information about Indiana’s entire
agricultural industry. This is the 91th edition and is published by the cooperative efforts of Purdue University and USDA’s National
Agricultural Statistics Service. This year’s edition will be the third edition that will be published and available from a free mobile app
created by Purdue University. The app is available for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as Android users. It can be
obtained through iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Links to those sites where the app can be downloaded are in Purdue
Extension's The Education Store or use the Quick Response Code (QRC) located on page 138 in this book.
We are again pleased to feature the photography talents of 21 individual 4-H members within Indiana’s 2016-2017 Agricultural
Statistics Annual Summary. These photographs, exhibited at the 2016 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. As you look at the book realize
that the 2017 Census of Agriculture will be getting underway and we need your help in making sure that the data gets collected in a
timely and accurate manner. The data in this publication 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
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
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
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