A look at what farming in Appanoose County contributes to the economy during Ag Week, March 24-28. Information supplied by the United States Department of Agriculture.
In 2007, there were 731 farms in Appanoose County with an average size of 271 acres. The total farm land in Appanoose County in 2007 was 197,904 acres.
In 2013, 31,100 acres of corn were harvested with an average yield of 112.5 bushel per acre and 45,100 acres of soybeans were harvested with an average yield of 28.9 bushel per acre for Appanoose County.
The market value of Appanoose County crops grown in 2012 was $23 million. The market value of Appanoose County livestock sold in 2012 was $14.8 million.
According to a 2009 Iowa Ag Economic Contribution Study of the economic overview of Appanoose County, the total employed in crops, livestock and crop/meat processing was 961 jobs. The total Appanoose County employment was 6,314 jobs.
Of all the jobs in Appanoose County, 6.7 percent came from crop production and crop processing and 8.6 percent came from livestock production and meat processing.
The wages generated by agriculture in Appanoose County was $15.1 million. Combined, Appanoose County ag and ag-related industries generated more than $119.7 million in total sales and supported 965 jobs.
Property taxes generated from Appanoose County agriculture in 2014 is $3,036,993.